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(Courtesy of Michael Wade for Georgia State)

(Courtesy of Michael Wade for Georgia State)

The Georgia State men’s basketball team (15-12, 8-10 Sun Belt) will visit Louisiana-Lafayette (15-12, 11-7) tonight.

Both teams are in the Sun Belt tournament and are now playing to maintain or improve their seeds.

The Cajuns defeated the Panthers 87-54 at the Sports Arena in their previous meeting. It was the team’s largest loss under coach Ron Hunter. The Cajuns hit 11 3-pointers and outrebounded the Panthers by 17.

Last games

The Panthers defeated Appalachian State 83-70 by scoring on fast-break points.

The Cajuns were beaten by South Alabama 83-70, their fourth loss in their past five games after winning nine consecutive

*********Pause to remind you that the Sun Belt football schedule comes out at 3 p.m. today ************.

Who are the expected starters for Georgia State?

G Kevin Ware. The senior is averaging 12.2 points per game and is playing a lot of point guard now.

F Markus Crider. He is averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

F TJ Shipes. The senior is averaging 5.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Coach Ron Hunter doesn’t like to start he and Crider together, but likely will to try to contain Shawn Long

G Isaiah Williams. He is averaging 9.2 points per game. He has scored at least 10 points in five of the last six games since being moved from point to off guard.

F Jeremy Hollowell. He leads the team with an average of 14.9 points per game.

3 key facts about Georgia State

Panthers are averaging 64.5 points per game, among the worst of Division I teams.

Panthers are allowing 64  points per game, among the 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.

The Panthers are being outrebounded by 3.7 per game in all games, which could be huge tonight because of Long.

Who are the key players for Louisiana-Lafayette?

Shawn Long, the preseason player of the year and likely player of the year, is averaging 19.4 points and 13.2 rebounds per game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the two team’s first meeting.

Kasey Shepherd is averaging 10.4 points per game and hitting 35.2 percent of his 3-pointers. He scored 19 points in the first meeting.

Jonathan Stove is averaging 9 points per game and hitting 34.4 percent of his 3-pointers. He scored 5 points in the first game.

3 key facts about Louisiana-Lafayette

The Cajuns are averaging 79.7 points per game and allowing 73.1

The Cajuns are outrebounding opponents by 7.5 per game.

The Cajuns are hitting 30.2 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?

No, so you’ll have to listen to the radio, and then go out in your driveway and recreate what you just heard, tape it, and then play it on your TV to recreate the experience. Dave Cohen said he would come and narrate the game if you really want that TV experience.

Can I follow you on Twitter?

Sure, but only if you follow me @DougRobersonAJC

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