Georgia State game thread: Ole Miss

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The Georgia State men’s basketball team (2-0) will play at Ole Miss (3-2) at 5 tonight at C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. The Panthers will try to improve to 3-0 in what some might consider their first true competition this season.

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.

Ole Miss also advanced to the NCAA tournament, falling to Xavier in their second round game in Jacksonville. Had they won, they would have faced the Panthers in the third round.

Last games

The Panthers defeated Emmanuel 77-58.

Jeremy Hollowell scored a career-high 25 points for the Panthers. Kevin Ware scored 19 and Markus Crider added 12. The Panthers got just four points from the bench.

Ole Miss was beaten by Seton Hall 75-63 in Charleston, S.C. Seton Hall shot 59.7 percent in the win.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

Good question. Glad I asked. Here’s why.

G Kevin Ware. Averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games.

G Isaiah Williams. Averaging 9.5 points and hitting 42.9 percent of his 3-pointers.

F Jeremy Hollowell. Averaging a team-high 18.5 points but only 3.5 rebounds, a stat that coach Run Hunter must improve.

F Jordan Session. Averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds.

F Markus Crider. Averaging 8 points and a team-high 6 rebounds.

3 key facts about Georgia State

Panthers are averaging 76 points per game.

Panthers are allowing 56 points per game.

Panthers have a turnover margin of plus-9 per game.

Who are the key players for Ole Miss?

G Stefan Moody. Averaging a team-high 22.4 points and hitting 37.1 percent of his 3-pointers.

F Sebastian Saiz. Averaging 12.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

G Sam Finley. Averaging 12.3 points per game.

3 key facts about Ole Miss

Rebels are averaging 74.6 points per game.

Rebels have a turnover margin of plus 1.6 per game.

Rebels are hitting just 28.6 percent of their 3-pointers.

 

Is it on the radio?

Yes. 1340AM and 1230AM. Dave Cohen, Rodney Turner and Brandon Leak will be your hosts.

Is it on TV?

Yes. It will be on the SEC network.

Cool facts

Georgia State is 2-0 for the first time since 2000-01.

Georgia State is facing an SEC opponent for the first time since 2013-14. They lost those games to Vanderbilt and Alabama.

The Panthers’ last win over an SEC opponent came in 2003 when it defeated Auburn.

 


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