Southern will receive $10,000 in general scholarship money as a result of being one of 16 schools selected Monday in the NCAA 6th Fan Contest.
The online competition is an opportunity for fans to vote for their schools in a bracket similar to that of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Voting at www.NCAA.com/6thFan between now and Sunday, Feb. 23 will determine which schools advance to the Elite Eight. The Jaguars are seeded 12th and paired against fifth-seeded Central Florida.
The contest, which tries to determine “the most spirited, most dedicated, most passionate fans” in college basketball, is a joint promotion between the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports.
Here is the entire bracket:
No. 1 North Dakota State vs. No. 16 Portland
No. 2 Arkansas State vs. No. 15 North Carolina-Greensboro
No. 3 South Dakota State vs. No. 14 Arkansas-Little Rock
No. 4 Texas-Pan American vs. No. 13 Northern Iowa
No. 5 Central Florida vs. No. 12 Southern
No. 6 Western Illinois vs. No. 11 New Mexico
No. 7 Bryant vs. No. 10 North Carolina-Asheville
No. 8 BYU vs. No. 9 Western Carolina
Each school has the option of awarding the scholarship money to a randomly selected student or for deposit in the school’s general scholarship fund.
The winner from the Sweet Sixteen will be announced Feb. 24 and another round of head-to-head voting will determine the Final Four on March 3. The two finalists will be announced March 10.
CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg will host a live Google+ Hangout February 24 to answer fans’ questions.
Fans can also vote via Twitter using #6thFan and their school’s unique hashtag and connect their Facebook to the site to vote and register for a chance to win prizes.
The school that receives the most votes in the final round, which ends on Selection Sunday (March 16) will win a $100,000 contribution to its general scholarship fund.
One randomly selected participant who registers and votes on NCAA.com will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis April 4-6, 2015. Additionally, iPad Airs will be awarded in each of the five rounds to randomly chosen individuals who vote via NCAA.com in each respective round.