NEW ORLEANS-No. 2-seed Georgia State will look to claim its second Sun Belt Conference title in the last four years when the Panthers face No. 4-seed UT Arlington in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Georgia State (23-10) advanced to their third championship game appearance in the last five years with a 73-67 win over in-state rival Georgia Southern on Saturday.
UT Arlington (21-12) advanced to the title game with a 71-68 over No. 1-seed Louisiana in the first game of the day on Saturday.
Georgia State is 3-3 all-time in conference tournament title games, including a 1-1 mark in the Sun Belt. The Panthers improved to 6-3 all-time as the No. 2-seed in conference tournaments on Saturday.
Sunday’s contest can be heard live on 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM, 1230 The Fan 2/106.3 FM, WXJO-AM 1120/104.5 FM and WGTJ-AM 1330/97.9 FM with Dave Cohen, now in his 35th year as the Voice of the Panthers, and 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak calling the action. The game will also air live on the ESPN2 with Mitch Holthus and Mark Adams calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
• No. 2-seed Georgia State advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game with a 73-67 over No. 3-seed Georgia Southern on Saturday. It marks the third time in the last five years that GSU advanced to the finals.
• The Panthers are 6-3 as a No. 2 seed in conference tournaments. GSU was also a No. 2 seed last year and reached the tournament semifinals before falling to Troy.
• Georgia State will face No. 4-seed UT Arlington for the first time in a conference tournament. The Panthers won the Sun Belt tournament in 2015 with a 38-36 win over Georgia Southern.
• Georgia State is playing in its seventh conference tournament final and owns a 3-3 record in those games.
• GSU and UT Arlington split the regular season series with each team winning on its home court.
• Georgia State is 28-32 all-time in conference tournaments, winning titles in 2015 (1-seed), 2001 (1-seed) and 1991 (5-seed).
• D’Marcus Simonds was named Sun Belt Player of the Year and to the All-Sun Belt First Team on Monday, just a year after earning the league’s freshman of the year award. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists against Troy on Friday.
• Junior Jeff Thomas has scored 32 points so far in the tournament including a team-high 19 against Troy on Friday.
• Junior Devin Mitchell earned All-Sun Belt Third Team honors on Monday, the first postseason recognition of his career.
• Simonds set the school record with his 689th point of the season on Saturday, breaking R.J. Hunter’s school record of 688 points scored in a single season.
• Earlier this year Simonds became the 20th Panther in program history to score 1,000 career points. He accomplished the feat in just 58 games, tied for the fifth-quickest in program history. He is currently ranked No. 15 on the all-time list.
• Simonds recorded his 223rd field goal of the year on Feb. 22, to break the record held by Ryan Harrow.
• Simonds has his school-record streak of 49-straight games scoring figures coming to an end Saturday against Georgia Southern.
• Simonds is averaging 20.9 points per game which is currently the third-best single-season scoring average in school history.
• Georgia State’s 23-10 start is tied for the fourth-best 33-game start in program history.
• GSU’s 23 wins are the fourth-most in school history. It marks the 4th time in the last five seasons reaching 20-plus wins.
• The Panthers have won 65 Sun Belt games since returning to the league in 2013. No other program in the league has more than 62 wins (Louisiana) during that time.
• Georgia State enters play ranked No. 9 in field goal defense (39.6) in the NCAA, No. 35 in blocked shots per game (4.7), No. 52 in scoring defense (67.5) and No. 18 with a turnover margin of 3.4.
• With GSU’s 23 wins, Ron Hunter has led the Panthers to 5-of-the-8 most successful seasons in program history, including a pair of 25-win seasons. He has won 20 or more games five times in seven seasons at GSU.
• Jordan Session has now played in 126 games, tied for second-most in school history. He has also been a part of 84 wins, second-most for any player in program history.
• Devin Mitchell has made 94 3-pointers this season, tied for 2nd-most in school history. He has 3 games this year with 7 or more treys.
• Jeff Thomas has made 143 3-pointers in his career, ranked No. 8 on GSU’s all-time list for treys.
• Georgia State’s 3-point field goal percentage (38.6) is currently the best mark in school history, while the 307 3-pointers made broke the school record of 276 set during the 2000-01 season.
• Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won 109 games, the most of any NCAA Division 1 program in the state of Georgia.