It’s a battle on the college hardwood between the Sun Belt and the ACC down on Tobacco Road. The Georgia State Panthers are on the road as they travel to face the #2 Duke Blue Devils Friday night. Georgia State was defeated 84-80 on the road by the College of Charleston Saturday night in their previous game. Duke bombed Central Arkansas 105-54 at home in their previous game on Tuesday night. The Blue Devils won the only previous matchup between the teams, taking a 74-55 home win on November 9, 2012.
Georgia State Panthers Seek Monumental UpsetGeorgia State battled down to the wire but ended up on the short end of their contest on the road to the College of Charleston. The game lived up the billing leading up to it as a couple of mid-majors went toe to toe from the opening tip to the final horn. Georgia State trailed by as many as nine in the first half only to cut the deficit to one at the half. In the second half, the Panthers led by as many as five, the last time at 75-70 with 5:33 to play in the game. Georgia State then gave up an 11-2 run over the next 5:08 to trail by four at 81-77. The Panthers tried to get back into it but the Cougars hit their free throws down the stretch to prevail. Georgia State shot 44.1 percent from the field, including five of 16 from three-point range, but turned the ball over 19 times in the game. Justin Roberts had 22 points to lead the Panthers in the loss.
.@GeorgiaStateMBB will be led by first-year head coach, Rob Lanier, who previously served as the associate head coach at Tennessee, which not only beat the No. 1 team in the country last year, but also reached No. 1 status.#OurCity #SunBeltMBBpic.twitter.com/M5zjgNGpCv— Sun Belt (@SunBelt) November 1, 2019
The Panthers are 19th in the nation in scoring offense by putting up 92 points per game. Georgia State is tied for 11th in rebounding by pulling down 47.5 boards a night while the team is tied for 151st by dishing out 14.5 assists per contest. The Panthers are tied for 65th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 59.5 points per game. Kane Williams leads the team with 13.5 points per game on the season. Damon Wilson chips in 13 points plus five boards per contest, Justin Roberts adds 13 points per contest and Corey Allen puts up 12 points a night. Nelson Phillips (11 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Josh Linder (10 points, seven rebounds) are also solid scoring options. Georgia State shoots 47.7 percent from the field as a team this season. The Panthers connect on 9.5 triples per contest while shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc. Georgia State has been mediocre at the charity stripe this season as they sink 68.3 percent of their attempts on the year.
Duke Blue Devils Try to Remain UnbeatenDuke has whipped Colorado State and Central Arkansas by a combined 88 points in their last two games after edging Kansas in the Champions Classic to start the year. The Blue Devils look to maintain their perfect mark in this contest as they host another mid-major program. Duke used an early 19-0 run to take a 25-5 lead and didn’t look back against Central Arkansas. The Blue Devils led 57-20 at the half and led by as many as 52 in the game as they cruised. Duke shot 56.8 percent from the field, including nine of 18 from three-point range, and dominated the boards 46-26 in the game. Matthew Hurt had a career-high 19 off the bench to lead the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils enter this contest 36th in the nation in scoring offense with 87.3 points per game this season. Duke is 137th in rebounding with 39.7 boards a night and stand 146th in assists with 14.7 assists per game. The Blue Devils are 51st in the country in scoring defense by allowing 58.3 points per game. Cassius Stanley leads the team with 15 points per game on the year. Vernon Carey Jr. contributes 13 points plus 6.3 rebounds a night while Matthew Hurt (13 points), Tre Jones (12.3 points, four rebounds, 5.7 assists) and Alex O’Connell (11 points) are solid contributors on the offensive end of the floor. Duke is shooting 49.3 percent from the field as a team this season. The Blue Devils are knocking down seven triples a night despite shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc on the year. Duke is sputtering at the free throw line, cashing in only 67.3 percent of their attempts on the year.
The top trends for this contest, according to Covers.com:
- Panthers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
- Panthers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Blue Devils are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games
- Blue Devils are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points