Georgia State will play at Louisiana-Lafayette in an important men’s basketball game on Thursday. The game can be heard on 1340AM and 88.5FM.
The Panthers (9-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) are coming off a 77-74 loss in overtime to Texas State. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4, 3-0) has won three consecutive games.
While you listen, here’s some (mostly) cut-and-paste nuggets to chew on from secret Liverpool fan and Georgia State sports information dude Mike Holmes:
The Panthers were unanimously selected by the Sun Belt Conference head coaches to win the league once again this year. The Panthers are 2-1 in the league and have won 19 of 21 conference games since returning to the conference last year.
• Georgia State has won 31 of its last 39 games dating back to last season, including 30 of 36 regular season games.
• Georgia State’s 9-5 start is tied for the third-best 14-game start in program history.
• The Panthers have won 12 of its last 18 true road games dating back to last season.
• Georgia State stood No. 76 in NCAA RPI rankings on Wednesday. The Panthers have been has high as No. 39 this season. The Panthers played five non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 60.
• Georgia State’s five losses have come to teams with a combined 57-11 record.
• R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow are combining to average 39.1 points per game, the third-most of any duo in the country. The pair are one of just two duos in the NCAA ranked in the top 25 of points per game.
• With 1,404 points, R.J. Hunter is the No. 1 active scorer in the NCAA of all third-year players and the only junior ranked in the top 50.
• Georgia State is 29th in the NCAA with a 48.2 field goal percentage which ranks second in the Sun Belt. The Panthers have already had two of the top-10 field goal and 3-point field goal single-game shooting percentages in school history this year.
• Georgia State is among the top 30 in the NCAA in three key stats. The Panthers are seventh in the nation averaging 10.0 steals per game, seventh in turnover margin, currently at +5.6 per game and 26th in turnovers, averaging just 10.9 per game.