The Georgia State men’s basketball team (14-12, 7-10 Sun Belt) will host Appalachian State (7-21, 5-12) in the season’s final home game on Saturday. It will be the last game at the GSU Sports Arena for Markus Crider, T.J. Shipes, Kevin Ware and Jalen Brown. They will be honored before the game.
Appalachian State was hammered by Georgia Southern 88-63 on Thursday.
Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?
This will be the easiest prediction for the starting five this season.
G Kevin Ware. The senior is averaging 12.2 points per game.
F TJ Shipes. The senior is averaging 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
F Jalen Brown. Should make his first start in his final game.
F Markus Crider. The senior is Averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was shut out in both categories in the loss in Statesboro.
3 key facts about Georgia State
Panthers are averaging 64.5 points per game, tied for 325th out of 346 Division I teams.
Panthers are allowing 63.7 points per game, 16h best in Division I. I’ll do the math after the regular season, but I would bet that there’s not another Division I team with such a discrepancy in rankings between points scored and points allowed.
I would also love to try to figure out if the Panthers’ defense is really that effective, or if the points allowed is more of a reflection of the team’s struggles on offense, which typically requires using up most of the shot clock, which shortens games and limits opponent’s possessions. Unfortunately, I can’t find a website that accumulates and sorts that data. If you know of one, send it my way.
The Panthers are being outrebounded by 4.1 per game in all games, 4.6 in conference play.
Who are the key players for Appalachian State?
Frank Eaves is averaging 19.7 points per game and hitting 40.1 percent of his 3-pointers. He scored 25 points in App’s win over the Panthers in their first meeting.
Ronshad Shabazz is averaging 11.4 points per game and hitting 35 percent of his 3-pointers. He scored 20 points in App’s win over the Panthers.
Chris Burgess is averaging 7.5 points per game and hitting 39.6 percent of his 3-pointers. He scored 12 points in that game. App hit 12-of-26 3-pointers.
3 key facts about Appalachian State
The Mountaineers are averaging 70.3 points per game and allowing 77.8.
The Mountaineers are hitting 35.7 percent of their 3-pointers and allowing 39.7 percent of their opponent’s.
The Mountaineers have a turnover margin of minus-4.1 per game.
Is it on the radio?
Yes. 1340AM. 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
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