Now that Georgia State will face Texas State in the first round of the Sun Belt men’s basketball tournament, let’s revisit the teams’ first two meetings this season.
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 two things the Panthers didn’t do well:
Long scoring droughts. The long scoring droughts that have affected the offense did occur against Texas State. The Panthers started the second half of the second meeting with a drought of 2:22, another drought of almost 3 minutes midway in the half, and another of 2 ½ minutes toward the end of the game. The first half of the first game included a scoreless streak of 3:57.
In the first game there was a 2 ½ minute drought midway in the second half, and another of more than 3 minutes near the end of the game. The first half included a scoreless streak of almost three minutes early in the game, 2 ½ minutes midway through the half, 2 ½ minutes later in the half, and close to 2 ½ minutes to end the half.
Those 2 ½ minute gaps may not seem like much, but remember that the shot clock is just 30 seconds this season so there are opportunities that the team isn’t taking advantage. And when you add all of them up, it’s odd to see. For example, the Panthers went 16 minutes in the first game without scoring. That’s almost an entire half with no points. The second game saw a total of 12 minutes with no points.
Consistency. The team didn’t really do much wrong in both games. If you want to pick nits, you could say that the team’s maddening inconsistency was on display: just nine attempted free throws in the first game and 18 in the second; just three offensive rebounds in the first game and eight in the second.
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