Georgia State game thread: Arkansas State

Georgia State will host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

(Hyosub Shin / AJC)

The Georgia State men’s basketball team (12-4, 5-3 Sun Belt) will play at Arkansas State (9-10, 5-3) at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

This is the first in a two-game road swing through Arkansas. The Panthers will play at league leaders Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.

I think this will be a tough game for the Panthers because they are all mostly tough games right now. The offense can’t find a rhythm and teams are having success shooting 3s against coach Ron Hunter’s zone defenses. You can read more on that below.

Last games

The Panthers were beaten by Appalachian State.

Arkansas State was beaten by Texas State 78-68.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

At this point, who knows?.

G Kevin Ware. Averaging 13.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Scored 11 at App. Is 5-for-17 in his past two games. Has hit 50 percent of his shots in one of past six games.

G Isaiah Dennis. Averaging 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

F Jeremy Hollowell. Averaging a team-high 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Struggling to find his shot in past two games. Had 11 against Georgia Southern and 10 against Appalachian. Has missed 13 past 17 shots.

G Jeff Thomas. Averaging 6.9 points per game. Arguably the team’s best shooter, had 17 points at Appalachian. When he plays at least 20 minutes he has scored at least 10 points in all five of six times reaching that mark.

F Markus Crider. Averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Had just two points in the loss in Boone after scoring a season-high 14 in the win over Georgia Southern.

3 key facts about Georgia State

Panthers are averaging 66.2 points per game, in the bottom sixth of Division I teams.

Panthers are allowing 62.8 points per game overall, among the top 20 in Division I.

Past three opponents have hit 11, 9 and 12 3-pointers against Georgia State’s zone defense.

Who are the key players for Arkansas State?

Devin Carter is averaging 17.5 points per game and hitting 41.5 percent of his 3-pointers.

Anthony Livingston is averaging 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Donte Thomas is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He leads the Sun Belt with 6.1 assists per game.

3 key facts about Arkansas State

The Red Wolves are averaging 75.7 points per game and allowing 75.3.

The Red Wolves are hitting 31.8 percent of their 3-pointers.

Opponents are hitting 36 percent of their 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?

Yes, it’s on ESPN3.

Can I follow you on Twitter?

Sure, but only if you follow me @DougRobersonAJC

Here are more posts:

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s offense

Trent Miles reviews Georgia State’s defense

Georgia State finds out its Sun Belt opponents for 2016

Georgia State welcomes six early enrollees

Georgia State adds Tennessee State to football schedule

Georgia State’s Hart named All-American

Ongoing review/preview series

Wide receivers

Running backs

Quarterbacks

Ongoing 2016 schedule previews

Wisconsin

Tennessee-Martin

Air Force

Ball State


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