What You Need to Know:
* After playing four road games in nine days, Georgia State will return home to face Tulane on Sunday at noon.
* The Panthers finished as the runners-up in the MGM Grand Main Event Middleweight bracket earlier this week.
* While the Panthers were on the road, head coach Ron Hunter picked up his 400th career win.
ATLANTA-Following a stretch of four road games in nine days, Georgia State will return home for an equally tough challenge facing undefeated Tulane in the GSU Sports Arena for a high-noon tip.
Georgia State (3-2) is looking to start a season 4-2 for the fourth-straight year, while Tulane sits at 5-0, but will be playing its first true road game of the season.
Sunday’s contest can be heard live on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM with Dave Cohen, now in his 35th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak. The game will also air on the WatchESPN platform for a third-straight year with Sam Crenshaw and former Panther Rodney “Truck” Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
The Panthers return home after finishing as the runners-up in the Middleweight bracket of the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas, completing the event with a 2-2 record.
“After a long road trip, it is going to be great to be back at home with a home crowd cheering for us,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Last time out was disappointing for all of us, but the character of a championship team is how they bounce back. Our guys are excited to get back on to the court to face a very good Tulane squad.”
Hunter picked up the 400th win of his career while on the road earlier this week 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 Sunday afternoon averaging 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. The reigning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year is among the top three in the Sun Belt in both scoring and assists.
Simonds is one of three Panthers scoring in double figures. Junior Devin Mitchell is adding 13.0 points per game and has knocked down a team-high 18 3-pointers, including seven against Eastern Washington earlier this week.
Junior Malik Benlevi is averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and 48.9 percent from the floor.
The Panthers are scoring 72.2 points per
Georgia State enters play No. 6 in the NCAA in turnover margin and No. 14 in total steals with 50.
- Georgia State will face Tulane for the
eighth-timein program history, but the first since 1995.
- Senior Jordan Session enters Sunday with 98 career games played.
Sessionis currently second in the Sun Belt averaging 2.3 steals per game.
- Junior Devin Mitchell is knocking down 4.3 3-pointers per game which ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt and No. 31 in the NCAA.
Following the game on Sunday, Georgia State will return to the road to conclude a home and home series that started last year with Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.
• Georgia State will play just its second home game of the year on Sunday hosting Tulane.
• It marks the eighth time the Panthers and Green Wave meet on the court, but the first in more than 20 years.
• Georgia State is coming off a runner-up finish at the MGM Grand Main Event in the Middleweight Bracket.
• With a win, Georgia State would improve to 4-2 for a fourth-straight season.
• 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.
• In the first game of the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas, Devin Mitchell scored a career-high 23 points, going 7-8 from 3-point range.
• The 7 treys by Mitchell were the most in a game since Jeff Thomas made 7 against UTA (12/30/15).
• 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. 20 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 89 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.
• Following Sunday’s game, Georgia State will return to the road to face Alabama A&M on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.