ATLANTA-Coming off a big win in the Cayman Islands, Georgia State will travel to New Orleans and return to the court on Wednesday to face Tulane at Avron B. Fogelman Arena at 1 p.m. ET.
Georgia State (4-2) went 2-1 in the Cayman Islands Classic last week, capped by a 24-point win over in-state foe Georgia on Wednesday. Tulane (2-3) opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with a win last week, before dropping the final two games, including the final to Louisiana.
Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on WAOK-AM 1380 with Dave Cohen, now in his 36th year as the Voice of the Panthers, calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
The Panthers are off to a 4-2 start for the fourth time in the last five years and are currently in the midst of a six-game stretch away from home.
One of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, three different Panthers have made at least eight treys in a game in the last 10 months. The latest was senior Malik Benlevi who knocked down eight against Georgia last week.
Junior D’Marcus Simonds, who leads the Sun Belt Conference averaging 21.7 points per game, has moved into seventh-place on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. He enters play on Wednesday just 19 points shy of James Andrews for sixth on the all-time list.
Simonds, the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, is 36th in the nation in scoring while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor.
“Our team has already been battle-tested on the road this season and this game against Tulane will be no different,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Despite what their record may say, they have a very good program and play well at home. This will be the next tough challenge, but our guys will be ready after a few good days of practice.”
Georgia State has come to love New Orleans and for that matter the state of Louisiana over the last five years. During that time, the Panthers own a 7-3 record in the Crescent City. Overall, Georgia State has combined to go 13-5 in Louisiana since rejoining the Sun Belt.
Senior Jeff Thomas is averaging a career-best 14.2 points per game and has now moved within 100 points of Georgia State’s top 25 in career scoring. Thomas in third in the Sun Belt shooting 39.0 percent from 3-point range and second in minutes per game (36.2).
Georgia State enters play averaging 8.5 steals per game, No. 2 in the Sun Belt and 40th in the NCAA. Four Panthers are among the top 10 in the conference in steals, as well as blocked shots per game. The Panthers 5.3 blocks per game average is tied for first in the league and No. 27 in the nation.
- The Panthers are looking to improve to 5-2 for the fourth time in five seasons.
- The Panthers have 18 wins over current members of the American Athletic Conference.
- Georgia State is ranked No. 20 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
- Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Panthers have won more games (114) than any other NCAA Division I team in the state of Georgia.
Following Wednesday afternoon’s game, Georgia State will travel to face Liberty on Saturday. Tip is set for 6 p.m., from Lynchburg, Va.