Georgia State will play Duke in men’s basketball

Georgia State will open its men’s basketball season at Duke on Nov. 9, according to coach Ron Hunter. The game will be televised by ESPN on one of its channels, Hunter said.

Georgia State will receive $75,000 for the game. As if playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium weren’t tough enough, the Panthers’ next game will be at BYU on Nov. 13 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Those games were two of several that Hunter could confirm on Tuesday. He said more of the schedule could be released in a few more days. The full schedule likely won’t be released until Georgia State resolves if it will be in the Colonial Athletic Association or Sun Belt Conference in the fall.

Hunter had already begun putting together a challenging non-conference schedule before the CAA announced on Tuesday that the Panthers won’t be allowed to play in the conference tournament because they are moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14.

Hunter said he wanted tough games for two reasons: he wanted to show fans where the program is headed, and he wanted to test a team that will feature nine freshmen or sophomores.

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 ”I wanted the first two games to be in two of the hardest places in the country,” he said. “It won’t go any harder for the young guys for the rest of their career.”

The Blue Devils have won four national championships and played for the title 10 times. They went 27-7 last year and were upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Hunter has never coached and Georgia State has never played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, considered one of the most intimidating home courts in all of sports.

The next game may be easier, but not by much.

The Cougars went 26-9 last year and  played in the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year. BYU is one of four host schools in the tournament, joining FSU, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s.

Georgia State (22-12 last year) will host the next round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 19, 20, and 21. It will be the team’s first home games. Future Sun Belt partner South Alabama and Tennessee State, coached by former GSU player and assistant coach Travis Williams, are two of the teams that will participate. Hunter said there will be two games a day for three days at the Sports Arena.

The Panthers will also host East Carolina.

Other than the games against Duke, BYU and the Coaches vs. Cancer games at the Sports Arena, Georgia State’s schedule could remain in flux because of the conference uncertainty. The Sun Belt plays 20 conference games, compared to the CAA’s 18, which takes away two open slots.

“I think our fan base is getting excited,” Hunter said. “Yesterday had nothing to do with this. I would have played Duke regardless.”

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

61 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

June 20th, 2012
12:47 pm

Some good schedule upgrade. Go Panthers.

Down with CAA presidents. On our farewell tour our students to come up with an appropriate cheer deriding our soon to be former conference. Did not think I would be happy to leave the CAA. How wrong I was.

Joseph

June 20th, 2012
12:52 pm

Can’t wait! CRH is doing great things. Hopefully we can get into the SBC earlier.

STATEment

June 20th, 2012
1:04 pm

Super excited about the way the schedule is looking! All of those teams listed in the “Coaches v. Cancer” are potential match ups as well I am assuming?! Good stuff. Need to find tickets to the Duke game for sure.

STATEment

June 20th, 2012
1:05 pm

…and ditto to hopefully getting in the SBC early. Screw the CAA.

ajg-marietta

June 20th, 2012
1:29 pm

I love this quote: “We made a move for football. And we’re paying the consequences. The bad part is that this is the only league in the country where this is happening. From this point forward, we’re an independent basketball team.” Coach Hunter

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

Good luck…….The Cameron Crazies are not as bad as they once were but they still harass the players pretty good.

DownTownATL

June 20th, 2012
2:15 pm

ok……. probably going to buy home game tickets as soon as they become available. how will we get tickets to the duke game?

Here we go!

June 20th, 2012
2:17 pm

No sense in predicting an upset, but I believe Hunter will deliver on his promise to the new recruits on day one at Ga State. If you want to be on the best MBB team in Georgia, Ga State has been waiting for you. Here we go!
Good day to be a Panther!

Sluggo

June 20th, 2012
2:19 pm

Strong out of conference schedule so far. The guys should be real pumped!

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
2:29 pm

” If you want to be on the best MBB team in Georgia, Ga State has been waiting for you.”

An will still be WAITING a long time. big time basketball will NEVER be found at GaState. Sorry the ACC & SEC will keep that from happening. IF GaState joins the Sun Belt in basketball it will not help. I don’t think it would help if you joined the Big East.

Kevin Johnny Phillip Carlitos

June 20th, 2012
2:49 pm

Give the Rock to David Travers. The boy is a baller. Future first round pick. He is nasty ! The face of the program is a little light skinned kid from the great state of California. Best pick up by coach Hunter and those fighting georgia state panthers! Panther Nation baby! Grrrrrr

[...] This will be the first ever meeting between Duke and Georgia State in men’s basketball. GSU will also play BYU in the Coaches vs. Cancer event and host East Carolina (with former Panther head coach Michael Perry an assistant on staff), future Sun Belt member South Alabama and Tennesee State (coached by former Panther Travis Williams) at the Sports Arena per the AJC. [...]

GSUtimes2

June 20th, 2012
3:03 pm

Exciting and great exposure! I hope we can play them close for any length of time. Heck, I hope we can at least score first so we can say “We had a lead vs. Duke!” In any case, that’s a great treat for the players. Good scheduling for us!

BariBlue

June 20th, 2012
3:12 pm

Let’s have an EPIC upset! If anyone can pull this off, it’s Hunters new team!!!!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

June 20th, 2012
3:15 pm

CRH is bringing a new mentality to GSU! I love it!

GSU_MEX_ALUM

June 20th, 2012
3:16 pm

I look forward to an upset, but with such a young team we may only see a close game.

GO PANTHERS!

ajg-marietta

June 20th, 2012
3:22 pm

@GSUtimes2 you need to believe.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

Young or Old team GaState has little chance against DUKE. I would love to see an upset. People when we get close to the game if any of you wish to bet I will gladly take bets. I will open the line at GSU +6

Cheryl Levick

June 20th, 2012
3:41 pm

Wow, this is great news! Why wasn’t I told sooner?

ajg-marietta

June 20th, 2012
3:45 pm

Auburn Grad

June 20th, 2012
3:59 pm

If you want to be the best, you have to play the best. However, it’s not Auburn.

puppyfear

June 20th, 2012
4:40 pm

GSU to play Duke Meanwhile UGA will try to find a couple of Div 2 schools that they can reasonable hope to beat

GStateBen

June 20th, 2012
4:48 pm

East Carolina also has a familiar name on their bench as former Lefty Assistant and head coach Michael Perry will return to the Sports Arena for the first time since he was fired in 2007.

ECU win 15 games in 2011-12 and will return 4/5 starters. Not an easy game by any means.

BLT

June 20th, 2012
4:51 pm

Good luck to the Panthers.

Do they go by Panthers now? I remember years ago they went with a “color” Panthers. That’s not an insult. I just don’t know.

Also, “GSUben” or whatever likes to generate interest in GaState sports by trolling Tech’s blog with insults. I know he’s trying to get hits on his blog and this blog but a more diplomatic approach might help States’ cause. I actually want them to do well.

Chicken Bone

June 20th, 2012
4:53 pm

CRH is the BEST Mens BB coach in the “STATE” of Georgia and if you don’t believe it then just sit back and watch what the MAN does in the next four years. UGA and GA TECH you missed the boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New home courts and all the $$$ in the world won’t replace the fact that CRH will bring the recruits and Kick Some butt at GSU. Our Mens BB tickets will be the most difficult ticket in the “STATE” to acquire in the very near future so GSU ALUMS PANTHER UP and get’em before they are gone! LOVE IT!!!

BLT

June 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

There you are Ben. Please read my post. I’m not inclined to buy tickets to see a GSU BB game knowing that one of their biggest fans is full of hate and slander. You do want to sell tickets?

BLT

June 20th, 2012
5:03 pm

Well, nevermind. According to ” Chicken Bone” they are all sold out or close to it. Oh well. Better let everyone know so they don’t waste their time. Great marketing strategy! Scare away interest before the season starts. I’ll still keep up with you guys on the internet. Good luck Panthers! Wish I could have went to a game.

BLT

June 20th, 2012
5:06 pm

And I hope you guys beat Tennessee in Knoxville.

Chicken Bone

June 20th, 2012
5:18 pm

BLT, just a warning because until we get the Sports Arena expanded there is limited seating! First come first serve. All is good and if you haven’t seen CRH in action it is an awesome sight. He is very entertaining and knows the sport!

GSUAlumBaseball81

June 20th, 2012
5:24 pm

I hope that Jerry Heater returns to Hunterville. Can’t wait for the payback from the Hunterville Gang! GO PANTHERS!!!

Rick James

June 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

An will still be WAITING a long time. big time basketball will NEVER be found at GaState. Sorry the ACC & SEC will keep that from happening. IF GaState joins the Sun Belt in basketball it will not help. I don’t think it would help if you joined the Big East
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Maybe not the Big East but Georgia State would be a great fit for Conference USA.

BLT

June 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Chicken Bone, I was very impressed with Georgia State last year. I think Hunter is a keeper and generates excitement for the program. You guys should do well in recruiting because of him.

I’m a Tech fan but it does not prevent me from pulling for State. I would not mind Tech playing GSU on a yearly basis. I could see a name like “the cross town brawl” or something.

I don’t mind “smack” talk as long as it’s in a good natured way. Best of luck against those “Dukies”.

Panther Pit

June 20th, 2012
5:45 pm

Doug Roberson had a great transition by moving from coverage of Georgia Tech up to Georgia State.

tjhook

June 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

I hope Coach Hunter will take the plunge and play Mercer again. I think a strong rivalry can be created there- enough of one that will compel the big two (Georgia and Tech) to consider pushing for a state tournament (where the big two could play the other Division I programs in the state for a two day tourney). That would bring more revenue than inviting Alabama State or Central Florida up for a game that has no value to the average sports fan in Georgia. Creating in-state rivalries with Georgia Southern, Mercer, Ga. State, Kennesaw State and Savannah State would be great revenue producers during the blah months of basketball (December, November)

tjhook

June 20th, 2012
5:55 pm

recommending a four-team tournament with Georgia and Tech being regulars, the other D-1 schools can be invited in on a merit basis (Best record or RPI from the previous season). If someone picks this up, I want to be credited for this idea.

BLT

June 20th, 2012
6:00 pm

“Doug Roberson had a great transition by moving from coverage of Georgia Tech up to Georgia State”
Good for Doug.
We got a good one with Ken.

VAA

June 20th, 2012
6:21 pm

@Chicken Bone hope you realize that the Master Plan really doesn’t increase the seating capacity by that much.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
6:29 pm

Panther Pit………..Doug………LOVES and REALLY Follows SOCCER. A Step up for Doug would be a Soccer Blog that people actually cared about. He is an English Premier League fan big time. Follow him on Facebook.

BLT

June 20th, 2012
6:30 pm

I like your idea tjhook.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
6:34 pm

Doug Roberson
The Netherlands would be better off benching Robben. He’s a chucker, to use a Seinfeld term. Too often, his shots aren’t even close to being on goal.

Doug Roberson

June 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

Yes you did. Ken’s good people.

GSU is in Atlanta

June 20th, 2012
7:43 pm

Doug, Soccer is awesome and don’t be ashamed for loving it. Thankfully GSU has a men’s soccer team, unlike GT & UGA.

Tech sports are about as boring as Russell Athletic Apparel…100+ years of tradition…a tradition that puts people to sleep.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 20th, 2012
8:18 pm

Nobody said Soccer is BAD.

Soccer just can’t support a BLOG at this time.

Doug wouldn’t you love to cover the Other Football full time and have people enjoy it as much as you do?

Doug is passionate about it for sure. he got Dad & I to watch some of the Europe Cup. the Poland game this weekend and England too.

UGA/ATL fan

June 20th, 2012
8:21 pm

Cool game. Should provide a little bit more exposure for the program.

BariBlue

June 20th, 2012
9:00 pm

I hope our guys stay focused and work hard in preparation for the season. An upset is just what GSU needs… Go Panthers!

Chicken Bone

June 20th, 2012
9:20 pm

VAA, Good one but let’s rebuild the Sports Arena to more than you might imagine or better yet let’s just play in the Philips Arena. Maybe you don’t understand the depth of the GSU donor base! Check it!

BLT, My Bro is GA TECH Alum too and I agree that a Georgia Crosstown Brawl would be a Great Thing! Go GA STATE and GA TECH. Panthers and Jackets doing it in the ATL!!!!!!! Where’s the FOXY UGA boys! bring it to the ATL if your not too SCARED! lol CRH wants some of the the RED and BLACK on the GSU court.

tjhook, SPOT ON BRO! Let’s have a GEORGIA Mens BB Tourney and invite MERCER and Jerry Heater to the PARTY!

Pounce

June 20th, 2012
10:25 pm

Great scheduling Coach Hunter! With our incoming fab four, the Dukies are in for a rude awakening!!
And if we don’t win, just stomp on one of their chairs!

Seriously though, we will be the best team in the state this year. Dogs and jackets don’t be scared of scheduling us, we’ll play at your place and then you get real BB athmosphere at the Sports Arena baby! Our students actually camp out to grab the best seats.

NCAA or bust! Go Panthers!!

A person SMART enough to know.....

June 20th, 2012
10:59 pm

I hate myself and overcompenstae for…well you know

herod2

June 20th, 2012
11:52 pm

Just so long as they keep Georgia Southern on the schedule. Maybe add Kennesaw State and Mercer too.

panther

June 21st, 2012
1:24 am

So we can kick southerns ass again?