3 thoughts after Georgia State’s loss at Duke

Georgia State put up a good fight before falling 74-55 to Duke on Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Here are three quick post-game thoughts:

1. Don’t be fooled by the score, the Panthers played well. Did they execute as consistently as they would like on offense and defense? No. There were a few hurried shots and a few defensive lapses when two men would rush at one shooter. But that’s to be expected in the season opener, especially when the team is composed almost entirely of freshmen or transfers who have never played before in coach Ron Hunter’s system. James Vincent, a senior, seemed the most calm on the court and played well. He didn’t start, likely because Hunter didn’t want him to get into foul trouble. That seemed prescient because his replacement, Denny Burguillos, picked up two quick fouls before the first Cameron Crazy could reach for a throat lozenge. A few of the new faces, Markus Crider for example, showed an aggressiveness that indicated they won’t be intimidated anywhere.

2. Georgia State won’t play another team with the height (and the Devils played with one Plumlee tied behind their back) and defensive discipline of the Blue Devils again this season unless it makes the NCAA tournament. I can remember two plays in which R.J. Hunter got a clean look at the basket. Every other time he was fronted by a Duke defender. He hit 4 of his 11 shots. The Devils’ transition defense was also very good, something which Hunter noted after the game. Devonta White usually gets a lot of points in transition, and the Devils made it very hard for him to locate lanes on fast-break opportunities. The Panthers got just six fast-break points. Still he had chances, something that the team should be able to count on in subsequent games.

3. Don’t worry about Manny Atkins. Making his return to college basketball after 18 months out of the game because of his transfer from Virginia Tech, Atkins didn’t have a good game. He missed seven of his nine shots, committed four turnovers and made some odd decisions. Hunter said after the game that he constantly reminds Atkins that when Michael Jordan left the NBA to play baseball, it took him a while to find his groove when he returned to the hardcourt. Atkins’ shots have an unusual look — the ball kind of floats, similar to the knuckleballs that Kenny Smith used to shoot. Hunter will tell him to keep shooting. The confidence — and points — will return.

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


7 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

November 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Good reading. Hope Hunter is right about Manny. Don’t want to see any long talls like Barnes brought in that could not hit the rim let alone it going in.

PantherBlue

November 10th, 2012
7:46 pm

that was a solid effort. let’s go on and beat BYU

Lance

November 11th, 2012
2:01 am

Georgia State sucks! And now, Kennesaw wants to start football to lose money and get their butt kicked.

Janice Cook

November 11th, 2012
11:03 am

I AM A GSU ALUMNUS. STATE SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN A FOOTBALL TEAM. IT WAS KNOWN FOR HAVING A GREAT BASKETBALL TEAM (UNDER COACH ”LEFTY”). TO GEORGIA STATE, DO WHAT YOU HAVE TRADITIONALLY DONE BEST SINCE YOUR INCEPTION; CONTINUE TO BE THE BEST COMMUTER COLLEGE FOR WORKING STUDENTS, AND PLEASE LEAVE GOOD COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL TO GEORGIA AND TECH.

Chicken Bone

November 11th, 2012
2:13 pm

I don’t get it. If you are a GSU Alum and you are so excited about GSU basketball and our past status as a great commuter college? lol… we became a UNIVERSITY in 1969. Maybe you need to visit the campus again and see the new GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY. Also, take in a basketball game to see our up and coming basketball programs, men and women. Things have changed and they will continue to change so get on board or get left behind at the old evening commuter school “Georgia State College of Business Administration”. Oh yea, we have many new sports other than football. Check out GeorgiaStateSports.com. Maybe you will find another one you might enjoy supporting with your generous tax deductable donations?

STATEment

November 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

I was at the game and the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. We make FTs like we usually do, put a couple of the wide open layups in the basket (Manny Atkins) and get a couple breaks from the lopsided refereeing and this game could have gone the other way. I am very proud of our team and they way they played. If we play with the same poise and aggressiveness against BYU we will win.

…and Mrs. Cook, do some research before you start spouting off about something that doesn’t make any sense. As an Alumni you should pride yourself in knowing more about your university. “Leave the good collegiate football to UGA and Tech.” Yeah it would be terrible to have more students live on campus and also have a “good” football team. Who would want that?

Chumper

November 12th, 2012
9:32 pm

Anybody who thinks this game could have gone the other way is delusional.