ATLANTA – Coming off a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, it was announced on Thursday that the Georgia State men’s basketball team will compete in the 25th annual Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Under first-year head coach Rob Lanier, Georgia State will play four games in just over a week in one of the premier events in the country.
The Panthers will open the event with two games taking place in regional round competition at Duke and Georgetown, before traveling west for two additional games.
Georgia State will face Duke on Nov. 15, at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the second time in program history. The Panthers opened the 2012-13 season facing the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. Duke, which ended last season with a 32-6 record in advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
Two days later on Nov. 17, the Panthers will travel up the coast to Washington, D.C., to face Georgetown. The Panthers last played the Hoyas in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998. Georgetown posted 19 wins a year ago to earn an NIT berth under head coach Patrick Ewing.
Following the two East Coast games, the Panthers will travel to Riverside, Calif., for two games at Cal Baptist on Nov. 22 and 23, at the CBU Events Center. Georgia State is scheduled to face Prairie View A&M in the first match-up and then either Central Arkansas or host Cal Baptist.
Prairie View A&M finished last season 22-13 including a 17-1 mark in conference play before advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Central Arkansas finished 14-19 during 2018-19, while Cal Baptist went 16-15 before playing in the College Basketball Invitational.
Georgia State is coming off a second-straight Sun Belt Conference tournament championship after also winning the league’s regular-season title last season. The Panthers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last five seasons.
Lanier, who was announced as the Panthers new head coach in April, comes to Georgia State after serving as the associate head coach at Tennessee. Last season he helped guide the Volunteers to the No. 1 ranking in the nation before finishing the season in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The remainder of Georgia State’s schedule is expected to be announced in late August or early September.