The good news for Georgia State’s basketball team is it has just one game remaining against the top four teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The bad news for Georgia State’s basketball team is it has just one game remaining against the top four teams in the Colonial Athletic Association.
As the Panthers continue their push to secure a top-four spot in the upcoming conference tournament, they will have to do so without the benefit of too many head-to-head meetings against the teams they are chasing.
Their only opportunity will come when they host Old Dominion on Feb. 22.
The Panthers (8-5) are in fifth place, trailing VCU, George Mason and Drexel, all of whom are 11-2 in the conference, and Old Dominion (10-3). Georgia State will host Northeastern on Wednesday.
The good news for coach Ron Hunter is that the teams they are chasing still have many games remaining against each other, which can only help the Panthers, provided they keep winning. That is the key. They can’t lose any more conference games.
Hunter said he has told his team that every practice and every game must be approached with a playoff mentality.
Here’s a look at the teams they are chasing, their remaining conference schedule, and my best guess as to what will happen:
Wednesday vs Hofstra 7 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday at UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs. VCU 9 p.m. CSS
Feb. 22 at Northeastern 7 p.m. ESPN3
Feb. 25 at VCU 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Best guess: The Patriots will go 4-1, splitting the games against VCU.
Wednesday at JMU 7 p.m.
Saturday vs. Hofstra 4 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs.William & Mary 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 vs. JMU 7 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 25 at Old Dominion 4 p.m. CSS
Best guess: The Dragons will go undefeated and win the conference.
Wednesday vs. Towson 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday at Old Dominion 2 p.m. CSS
Feb. 14 at George Mason 9 p.m. CSS
Feb. 22 at UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 vs. George Mason 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Best guess: The Rams will go 4-1, finishing tied for second.
Wednesday at William & Mary 7 p.m.
Saturday vs. VCU 2 p.m.
Feb. 14 vs. UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 at Georgia State 7 p.m
Feb. 25 vs. Drexel 4 p.m. CSS
The Monarchs will go 2-3, losing to VCU, Georgia State and Drexel.
What are my predictions for GSU?
If what I think happens will happen, including the Panthers winning their remaining games, they will secure the fourth seed. Though the Panthers were beaten by Northeastern and Delaware on the road earlier this season, they should win both of those games at the Sports Arena. William and Mary, the regular-season finale, is not playing well. Old Dominion will be the toughest remaining game. But, it’s at the Sports Arena.
Well, there’s what I think. Tell me what you think…
Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu