Game thread: Georgia State vs. Middle Georgia State

Yes, Ron Hunter is able to stand up and move around again after tearing his Achilles tendon while celebrating the Sun Belt tournament championship. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Ron Hunter will try to lead Georgia State to its third consecutive Sun Belt regular-season title. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Georgia State will open its men’s basketball regular season by hosting Middle Georgia State at 7 tonight at the GSU Sports Arena.

Last year

Georgia State went 25-10, winning the Sun Belt’s regular season and tournament titles. The Panthers famously defeated Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament, before losing to Xavier in the third round.

Last game

The Panthers destroyed Oglethorpe 85-34 in an exhibition game on Monday. The Panthers scored the first 26 points and eventually forced the Stormy Petrels into 32 turnovers.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

G Kevin Ware. Scored seven points with three assists and six steals in 24 minutes.

G Isaiah Dennis. Scored 11 points with one turnover in 25 minutes.

F Jeremy Hollowell. Transfer from Indiana scored 13 points with 10 rebounds against Oglethorpe.

F Jeff Thomas. The freshman scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

F Markus Crider. Scored 11 points with five rebounds in 19 minutes.

Is it on the radio?

Yes. 1340AM. Dave Cohen, Rodney Turner and Brandon Leak will be your hosts.

Is it on TV?

Yes. It will be on ESPN3. Sam Crenshaw and former Georgia State star Jihad Ali will be the broadcast team.

Can I follow you on twitter and get updates during the game?

I’ll be mad if you don’t. @DougRobersonAJC

Cool facts

Georgia State is 4-0 in home openers under coach Ron Hunter.

Georgia State is 25-1 in its past 26 games at the Sports Arena.

Crider and T.J. Shipes will play in their 100th games on Friday, just 26 away from a school record.


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