Georgia State game thread: Old Dominion

Ron Hunter has said he will buy his son whatever car he wants if he will return to Georgia State for his senior season. (Mike Holmes)

Ron and R.J. Hunter have bought 100 tickets to the Cure Bowl. Football coach Trent Miles and his wife Bridget have bought 100 more. The first 200 students through the Sports Arena door on Saturday and who are wearing a Georgia State shirt and have a valid student ID are eligible to sign up to receive one of the tickets. (Mike Holmes)

The Georgia State men’s basketball team (4-2) will host Old Dominion (4-4) at 2 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena on Saturday.

The Panthers haven’t played at home since an overtime win against IUPUI on Nov. 27.

I think this is a fairly important game for the Panthers because they need a win over a quality opponent going into the Sun Belt Conference. The league seems much better than people anticipated with Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington much stronger than expected, as well as Louisiana-Monroe already defeating preseason favorite Louisiana-Lafayette.

Last games

The Panthers defeated Wright State 59-46.

Freshman Jeff Thomas scored 12 points, and Markus Crider and Isaiah Dennis scored 10 points each to lead the Panthers.

Old Dominion defeated Delaware State 82-38.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

G Kevin Ware. Averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

G Isaiah Dennis. Averaging 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

F Jeremy Hollowell. Averaging a team-high 16.2 points and 4 rebounds per game.

G Jeff Thomas. Averaging 4.5 points per game.

F Markus Crider. Averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

3 key facts about Georgia State

Panthers are averaging 67.2 points per game.

Panthers are allowing 60.3 points per game.

Panthers have a turnover margin of plus-4.0 per game.

Who are the key players for Old Dominion?

G Trey Freeman is averaging a team-high 15 points per game and hitting 34.6 percent of his 3-pointers.

G Aaron Bacote is averaging 13.9 points and hitting 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

F Zoran Talley is averaging 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

3 key facts about Old Dominion

Monarchs are averaging 65.4 points per game.

Monarchs are allowing 56.5 points per game.

Monarchs have a turnover margin of plus-1.5.

Is it on the radio?

Yes. 1340AM and 1230M. Dave Cohen and Brandon Leak will be your hosts.

Is it on TV?

Yes. It will be on ESPN3. Sam Crenshaw and Jihad Ali will be your hosts.

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