Georgia State’s men’s basketball team debuted at No. 24 in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll published by collegeinsider.com.
The Panthers (13-4, 5-1) are one of three teams from the Colonial Athletic Association in the poll. Georgia Mason is No. 14 and VCU is No. 19.
Georgia State is about to begin a stretch of four games in eight days, starting with a two-game road swing at Northeastern on Wednesday, followed by at Delaware on Saturday. The Panthers will then return home to host James Madison before hitting the road again to face Drexel on Jan. 25.
This is an important stretch for the Panthers.
As you may have read, coach Ron Hunter wasn’t happy with the team’s effort in Saturday’s win over Towson.
“The effort wasn’t there,” he said. “I don’t think it was because they didn’t want to play. I think it was a buildup of a lot of different things. At the end of day you are going to have nights that way. We didn’t dive for loose balls.
“You can never have a bad night with effort. I thought we took that for granted.”
If they can bounce back and sweep this two-game road swing, they will increase the chances of earning a bye for the first round of the CAA tournament.
However, that won’t be easy. The Huskies are 4-2 in the conference, winners of their past three and five of their past six. The Blue Hens are 3-3, and have lost their past two home games to Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.