Eagles look to stay undefeated at home this week

Kaitlin Sells

Following a gut-wrenching loss to Georgia State on the road, the Eagles look to redeem themselves with games against Texas State and UT-Arlington in Hanner, where Georgia Southern is undefeated this season.

Texas State (13-8;6-2)

Texas State currently looks like a strong competitor for the Eagles statistically with both teams in the top four in the Sun Belt currently.

The Bobcats also look to be an offensive threat, scoring 68.1 points per game and shooting 61.9 percent from the floor.

They also have a decent standing defensively, having a subpar turnover rate of 13.8, and an impressive rebounding rate of 35.6 per game.

Texas State also has a few players to watch out for- like Nijal Pearson, who averages 13.9 points per game and six rebounds per game.

UT-Arlington (13-8;4-4)

While they do not look like that much of a threat due to a .500 conference record, the Mavericks’ statistics prove otherwise.

The Mavericks average 78 points per game and shoot 45.6 percent from the floor proving them to be a challenge for the Eagles this upcoming Saturday.

Another reason GS shouldn’t overlook UTA is their defensive game. Although they have a high turnover rate of 15 per game, they have a high rebound rate of 39 per game.

Kevin Hervey is definitely a player to watch out for and to cover on the offensive stand point, with 20.7 points per game and shoots about 45 percent from the floor. Defensively he’s also a player that might present a threat, as he averages nearly 6 defensive boards per game.

Despite the loss last week, offensively GS stays impressive, shooting 70 percent from the floor, and averages 76.4 points per game. Out of the three teams they are also the most impressive statistically standing- with a low rate of 11.8 turnovers per game, and 40.5 rebounds per game.

Junior point guard Tookie Brown is also expected to return from his head injury which is certainly good news for the Eagles.

Both these teams will prove to be a challenge for the Eagles to keep their status of undefeated at Hanner, but if the Eagles show up like we all know they can, they can easily pull out the two wins.

Texas State will play Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and UTA will play Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.