Eagles fight to stay in contention in Sun Belt

Marqus Williams

The Georgia Southern Eagles Men’s basketball team had their game postponed against App State due to weather issues over the weekend.

After the App State game, the Eagles still have upcoming games that could decide their future in the conference this season. The Eagles are (6-11) overall this season and (2-5) in conference play with wins over Troy and Louisiana-Monroe at home. The overall record of their remaining opponents is 127-110, which gives hope the Eagles still have a chance to make a big impact in the Sun Belt despite the slow start. Their toughest tests will be Arkansas-Little Rock this Thursday on the road, Texas-Arlington February 4th at home, and Georgia State at home on February 23. If the Eagles can get a quality win against these teams it should be able to give them a confidence boost as they make a push for a seed in the Sun Belt tournament.

They have not had a conference win away from home all season and are 1-7 overall on the road, but the way they have played recently has proven they are growing into a team capable of winning difficult games. Their overtime game with Georgia State showed the fans their resiliency and ability to play against the Sun Belt’s elite. Being the youngest team in college basketball has it’s down points, but has positives because of the valuable experience their young players receive that should become an asset in the future.

If all goes to plan, their early experiences could lead to potential Sun Belt championships and an NCAA tournament bid for the fourth time in school history, with the last being in 1992. The names Mike Hughes, Ike Smith, Tookie Brown, Montae Glenn, and Jake Allsmiller will be called upon heavily now and in the future as they shoulder the pressure of taking Georgia Southern to new heights with a conference championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.