What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will return to the road and travel to Huntsville, Ala., to face Alabama A&M on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
* The Panthers are looking to start a season 5-2 for the third time in the last four years.
* Sophomore D'Marcus Simonds is currently among the top four in the Sun Belt in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.
ATLANTA-Following a one-game home reprieve, Georgia State will return to the road to face Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala., on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.
Georgia State (4-2) will be playing for the fifth time in the last six games on the road, concluding a home-and-home series with Alabama A&M (0-6) that started last season.
Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 35th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
Georgia State returned home from a four-game road swing to earn an impressive 70-59 victory over previously unbeaten Tulane on Sunday. Senior Jordan Session and junior Malik Benlevi each recorded double-doubles in the win, while freshman Kane Williams just missed a double-double with 12 points and seven assists.
“That was a great win over a very good Tulane team on Sunday,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “However, we quickly need to turn our attention to Alabama A&M which will be playing at home for the first time this year. They are a much better team than their record indicates and we expect a challenge come Wednesday night.”
Hunter picked up the 400th win of his career earlier this season after becoming Georgia State’s all-time career wins leader last season.
Among Georgia State’s most potent offensive options is sophomore D’Marcus Simonds who enters Wednesday averaging 19.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. The reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year is among the top four in the Sun Belt in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played.
Simonds is one of three Panthers scoring in double figures. Benlevi is averaging 13.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, shooting 53.3 percent from 3-point range and 50.9 percent from the floor.
Junior Devin Mitchell is adding 11.3 points per game and has knocked down a team-high 19 3-pointers. He ranks second in the Sun Belt averaging 3.2 3-pointers per game.
The Panthers are scoring 71.8 points per game while holding opponents to just 60.2 points per contest and 37.9 percent shooting, ranked No. 42 in the NCAA.
Georgia State enters play No. 3 in the NCAA in turnover margin (8.2) and No. 14 in turnovers forced with 19.5 per game.
- Senior Jordan Session enters Wednesday with 99 career games played.
Session, along with Simonds and Benlevi are all among the top three in the Sun Belt in steals per game.
- Georgia State ranks first in the Sun Belt in both scoring defense and turnover margin, along with second in field goal percent defense and steals.
- With a win, Georgia State would improve to 5-2 for the third time in the last four years.
- Georgia State is one of four Sun Belt schools currently ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
Following the game on Wednesday, Georgia State will begin a stretch of three-straight games at home starting on Monday against Liberty.
• Georgia State will conclude a two-game home and home series with Alabama A&M that started last year with a 94-79 GSU win.
• This marks the fourth time the Panthers and Alabama A&M meet with GSU holding a 3-0 series lead.
• Georgia State is coming off an impressive 70-59 win over previously unbeaten Tulane on Sunday.
• In the same game, freshman Kane Williams recorded career-highs with 12 points and 7 assists.
• With a win, Georgia State would improve to 5-2 for the third time in four years.
• Head coach Ron Hunter, Georgia State’s all-time leader in wins, won the 400th game of his career on Nov. 20 against Eastern Washington.
• Hunter has led the Panthers to four of the seven most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons.
• On opening night, D’Marcus Simonds recorded the first triple-double in school history (20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists).
• Simonds has been named to multiple preseason watch lists, including Lute Olsen and Lou Henson.
• Simonds was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team before the start of the season.
• Georgia State was picked to finish second in the annual Sun Belt Coaches’ Preseason Poll.
• Georgia State is ranked No. 22 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
• The Panthers have won 20 or more games in three of the last four seasons, advancing to postseason play in each of those years.
• During the last four years, Georgia State has finished in the top two in the Sun Belt standings three times.
• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won 90 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.
• Following Wednesday’s game, Georgia State will begin a three-game homestand with Liberty on Monday at 7 p.m.