Following a weekend of two back-to-back losses, the Eagles continued their losing streak of now 11 games. They look to snag their first conference win and to break this streak against hated in-state rival Georgia State Panthers.
Georgia State (4-13;0-6)
GSU has also had a losing season so far, being 4-13, and they will also be looking to pick up their first win in Sun Belt play.
The Panthers have averaged 62.8 points per game so far this season, while the Eagles average 53.2 points per game. GSU has also shot 37.1 percent from the floor on average this season, while GS has shot 31 percent on average from the floor.
Defensively both teams are pretty evenly matched statistically speaking- both average around 35 rebounds per game, and both average around 9 steals per game.
GSU also averages 19.2 turnovers per game while GS has slightly less, averaging 17.7 turnovers per game.
While their record doesn’t show it, the Panthers’ defense is rock-steady, only giving up 74.4 points per game, and the same could be said for the Eagles’ defense, only giving up 68.5 points per game.
Players to watch
Georgia Southern’s Nakol Franks has especially been a threat this season, leading with 137 total points scored so far this season, and a 91.2 free throw percentage. Franks also has a total of 47 rebounds this season, 22 offensive and 25 defensive this season.
Georgia State’s Kierra Henry leads the panthers with an impressive 250 total points this season, and shoots 43.5 percent from the floor. Henry also has a total of 59 rebounds for the season- 15 offensive, and 44 defensive.
While both teams seem to be evenly matched skill wise, this is going to be a game of who wants it more.
Both teams are hungry for their first conference win, both teams are looking to break their losing streaks, and both teams are looking to beat each other specifically due to the continuous rivalry between the two schools.
The matchup will go down Saturday at noon in Atlanta.