What did Georgia State do well against Texas State?


Now that Georgia State will face Texas State in the first round of the Sun Belt men’s basketball tournament at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, let’s revisit the teams’ first two meetings this season.

Doing so will mean a blog today looking at the good things the Panthers did in defeating the Bobcats 58-46 ( a season low for points allowed) on Jan. 2 and 59-56 on Feb. 4, and one on Tuesday looking at the bad things so that you can gauge the team’s chances to advancing to the quarterfinals at Lakefront in New Orelans

The Panthers, the defending tournament champs, are the sixth seed. The Bobcats are the seventh seed.

Georgia State swept Texas State in the two games.

Here are three good things the Panthers did:

Defense. The Panthers limited Texas State to a season-low allowed 31.4 percent shooting in the first game and 43.5 percent in the second. That number may not seem good, but Texas State shot 52.4 percent in the first half, but just 36 percent in the second. There was a stretch of almost eight minutes in the game during which the Panthers held the Bobcats scoreless.

The Bobcats shot 42.7 percent this season in averaging 66.2 points per game, just a slight tick above the cellar-dwelling Panthers in scoring average.

The Bobcats were especially poor 3-point shooters against Georgia State, missing 17 of 20 in the first game, and 12 of 18 in the second. They hit 32.8 percent this season.

Markus Crider. The senior scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the second game after scoring six points with seven rebounds in the first game.

Really, no Georgia State player consistently scored against Texas State. That shouldn’t be a surprise because the Panthers didn’t consistently score all season. Jeremy Hollowell was the leading scorer with 18 points in the first game and 11 in the second. As a team, the Panthers shot fairly well with a two game average of close to 48 percent.

Sharing the ball. The Panthers totaled 23 assists on 44 field goals, which is a good ratio. Kevin Ware had nine of those assists.

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