Georgia State game thread: Georgia Southern


The Georgia State men’s basketball team (11-4, 4-2 Sun Belt) will host Georgia Southern (6-10, 2-4) on Tuesday at the GSU Sports Arena.

The last times the two teams met, the Panthers defeated the Eagles 38-36 in the championship game of the Sun Belt tournament in a game that may have set the sport back a decade or two.

Tuesday’s game should be an interesting for a lot of reasons. Previous game notwithstanding, Georgia State is very good at defense while Georgia Southern is very good at scoring.

Georgia State is not very good at scoring but Georgia Southern isn’t very good at defense.


Last games

Georgia State was hammered by Louisiana-Lafayette 87-54 on Saturday, snapping the team’s 15-game home winning streak.

Georgia Southern defeated Louisiana-Monroe 66-51 on Saturday in Statesboro.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

G Kevin Ware. Averaging 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

G Isaiah Williams. Averaging 8.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.

F Jeremy Hollowell. Averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

G Jeff Thomas. Averaging 6.5 points per game.

F TJ Shipes. Averaging 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

3 key facts about Georgia State

Panthers are averaging 66 points per game, tied for 307th out of 346 teams.

Panthers are allowing 61.7 points per game overall, tied for 14th in Division I.

The Panthers have a turnover margin of plus-2.3 per game.

Who are the key players for Georgia Southern?

Tookie Brown is averaging 17 points per game and hitting 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers.

Ike Smith is averaging 12.3 points per game and averaging 5.0 rebounds per game. He is hitting 34.2 percent of his 3-pointers.

Mike Hughes is averaging 11.9 per game and hitting 35.2 percent of his 3-pointers.

3 key facts about Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern is averaging 77.4 points per game, tied for 92nd.

Georgia Southern is allowing an average of 76.2 points per game, 273rd in Division I.

Georgia Southern is hitting 32.2 percent of its 3-pointers.

Is it on the radio?

Yes. 1340AM and 88.5FM. Dave Cohen and Brandon Leak will be your hosts.

Is it on TV?

ESPN3. Sam Crenshaw and Jihad Ali will be your hosts.

Can I follow you on Twitter?

Sure, but only if you follow me @DougRobersonAJC

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