The good and bad of GSU’s win over Towson

The good and bad of Georgia State’s 57-42 win over Towson. It was the Panthers’ ninth consecutive at home, where they are undefeated this season, and the Tigers’ 37th consecutive loss, extending their dubious NCAA record.

The Good

The win. The Panthers have now surpassed their victory total from 2010-11.

James Vincent. I was curious how he was going to fit into coach Ron Hunter’s up-and-down offense. His size is such that he seems better suited for a half-court offense, which is probably what former coach Rod Barnes thought when he signed him. However, he’s given starter Eric Buckner breaks when he’s needed them and had his own breakout game on Saturday, scoring a career- and game-high 18 points. Hunter said afterward that he needs to get him some more minutes to rest Buckner more.

The defense (stay tuned). The Tigers shot 25 percent, the fifth consecutive opponent to shoot less than 40 percent.

The rebounding. The Panthers outrebounded the Tigers 43-30, the first time they’ve beaten an opponent in the boards in the past five games.

The bad

The defense (I told you to stay tuned). Statistically the defense was good. However, visually something didn’t look right. It really hasn’t looked right going back to the Drexel game. Just like the Dragons, the Tigers were able to get to the basket fairly easily. Just like the Dragons, they simply couldn’t get the bunnies to drop. I don’t know if it’s because Georgia State likes to use so many zone defenses, which creates creases that enable opponents to crash the boards, or if Georgia State wants opponents to come inside because that’s where Eric Buckner is, and 2 points are less than 3. But it strikes me that the difference in the quality of the big men of Drexel and Towson, compared to the difference in the quality of the big men of George Mason, is the margin of error that the Panthers have right now. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Devonta White. After a solid start to the season, White has struggled recently. He hit just 3 of his 11 shots against Towson. He hit 3 of 10 against UNCW and 3 of 13 against George Mason. His last decent shooting game was 5 of 11 against VCU. Because he’s a spot-up 3-pointer or drive-to-the-basket guy, he’s not going to have a great shooting percentage. Those are low-percentage shots. But it seems like he may be trying too hard to make something happen. He’s able to get the basket almost anytime he wants, but he’s not getting calls when he goes up for shots. Instead, he’s getting blocked. I don’t have film to study to see if White isn’t jumping into the defender, which should result in fouls, or if he’s trying to avoid the contact, which will result in blocks, or if he’s getting fouled and the CAA refs aren’t giving him the calls.  I do know this, he’s a very good 3-point shooter from the corners and he’s still the team’s leading scorer with a lot of games left to play.

The Panthers need White because he runs the offense well and he can score. Plus, the guards on the bench haven’t provided consistent scoring this season. They’ve had good games, but they haven’t been consistent.

The energy. Hunter said after the game that in 20 years he’s never had to coach effort. He had to coach effort on Saturday. He said that will never happen again. The team has played four consecutive tough games, with a four-games-in-eight-days-stretch about to start, so it’s understandable if the team was looking ahead. Hunter didn’t want to hear anything like that on Saturday. Wins in January aren’t nearly as important as wins in March.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

12 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

January 14th, 2012
10:45 pm

Played Thur. No practice Fri. Bad opponent and what happens sometimes, they played down, not enough to lose but enough to know the Panthers have played a lot better ball. D Whites seems to be forcing more balls up when not in the best position to get good results. Hate to tell him to back off a little but maybe that is needed for a game until he gets more in sync. Energy seemed a little less, again no practice on Fri plus opponent’s relative level of competition. Stiffer competition should bring out more the the good things we have come to expect and generally see.

gsu01

January 15th, 2012
12:06 am

CRH said it best himself. Championship caliber teams don’t have games like this. Our effort and energy level was atrocious today. Thankfully we played one of the worst teams in the country because otherwise we lose today.

Doug – On Devonta: CAA refs are as bad as they get. And that goes both ways as we’ve benefited from the same refs at times. Today, we had mostly ourselves to blame though granted the CAA refs do like to be part of the show. The charge call against us in the second half might have been the worst call I’ve ever witnessed in my life.

OutSTATEd

January 15th, 2012
9:54 am

Okay, a few observations that you already know but…. First of all, thanks for the win coach!! I know you are not happy and you shouldn’t be but on the bright side Vincent got quality PT and stepped up. At some point I think we are going to have Eric and JV in at the same time (hope you’re practicing that). The one thing I see offensively that is troubling is ever since we entered conference play, both our FG and FT%’s are way down (more than I expected). All of our shooters seem hesitant to pull the trigger. I think if we could play both our bigs, we could maybe set more guard screens, and let our shooters get off without giving up offensive rebounds as much. We’ll definately need to utilize more inside play as long as we can’t shoot. Running more pick and rolls, making the “extra” pass or identifying mismatches quickly could go a long way. Additionally we need to get back to making free throws like we did in the beginning of the year. This is going to be the difference in our winning the conference or not. Overall I am astonished so far on the results, an adjustment here and there and we could easily be unstoppable in the conference.

GSU is in Atlanta

January 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

I wanted to watch this game and I am pretty thankful that I ended up not being able to.

A win is a win, but the players will find out that this is not true at practice.

GSUAlumBaseball81

January 15th, 2012
12:42 pm

CHR is spot on with his assessment! Congrats JF22 as you had your breakout game and at times you will be in along with EB20 before it’s all said and done in 2012! Play was sloppy on Saturday and I have to say there were three or four bad calls by the officials, especially a couple of offensive charge calls. We have to make more FREE THROWS guys and know when to continue the movement up court and when to stop and set up an offensive strategy. All in all it’s a win and we must learn from it what to change. One thing for sure CRH will do just that and adjustments will be made. Finally our pep band is AWESOME and the students in attendance rock! Techies, what was BUZZ doing at the GSU Sports Arena? He must have wanted to see the BEST D-1 team in GEORGIA!!! lol Good luck on the mini road trip GSU BASKETBALL PANTHERS!

Panther

January 15th, 2012
1:26 pm

I expected (and was a little worried) that this would happen. How seriously can they take a team that hasn’t won a game in over a year. It’s easy not to put in effort when you’ll come out wih the W anyway. It’s a horrible habit to get into but on the bright side we got the win and hopefully pick it up forte next game.

UGA Fan

January 15th, 2012
5:54 pm

At least you got away with a win. Look at us Georgia puts scare in Vandy, falls to 0-3 in SEC

OutSTATEd

January 15th, 2012
10:56 pm

@UGA Fan…Good point. You guys are playing well just need to learn how to finish. Hopefully we’ll play each other soon. That should make you feel better since you just might beat us by 50…..

gsu01

January 16th, 2012
11:56 am

@Outstated – You think UGA would beat us by 50? You are out of your freaking mind! We would have a very good shot at beating them. They are not that good. They would have fits with our defense.

OutSTATED

January 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

I was just kidding……

Dick Vitale

January 16th, 2012
3:20 pm

It’s CUPCAKE CITY out there baby! Schedule some teams with winning records baby!

GSU Men's BB Fan

January 16th, 2012
11:09 pm