College basketball insider: Georgia State, conference champ?

Georgia State's Ron Hunter: Setting his cap for a title? (AJC photo by Phil Skinner.)

Georgia State's Ron Hunter: Setting his cap for a title? (AJC photo by Phil Skinner.)

(A word of explanation: This feature was part of our first weekly college basketball package, which is scheduled to run every Tuesday in the print AJC. I offer it to you in the interest of full digital disclosure.)

Hoops hysterics

1. Who’s the third-best team (behind North Carolina and Duke) in the ACC? Right now it’s Virginia, but there’s some question as to how the deliberative Cavaliers have gotten to 14-1. Their only win over a ranked team came against Michigan, and their loss was to unranked TCU. Their next two games are on the road — at Duke and then at Georgia Tech. We’ll know more soon.

2. Who’s the second-best team (behind Kentucky) in the SEC? Florida lost its conference opener at Tennessee. Mississippi State lost its conference opener at Arkansas. The team to watch is Vanderbilt, which lost four times in pre-conference play (twice in overtime) but has won five in a row and has gotten big man Festus Ezeli back from a knee injury.

3. Can Georgia State really win the Colonial? A confession: I rolled my eyes when Panthers coach Ron Hunter told me his team could take its conference, but let’s look now. Georgia State, picked to finish 11th in the 12-team CAA in a preseason coaches’ poll, just played the teams picked first, second and third — and it beat Drexel and VCU and gave George Mason a rough ride on the road.

My Super Sweet Sixteen

1. Syracuse: Is this Jim Boeheim’s best team since the one-and-done season of Carmelo Anthony?

2. Kentucky: Is this John Calipari’s best team since … er, the overstuffed UK crew of 2009- 2010?

3. North Carolina: The towering Tar Heels might win the ACC by three games. If not four.

4. Indiana: The again-hurryin’ Hoosiers keep winning big games and influencing people.

5. Ohio State: The Buckeyes are a very good team that doesn’t get nearly enough notice.

6. Baylor: The schedule keeps getting tougher, but the Bears remain undefeated.

7. Michigan State: The Spartans lost their first two games but haven’t lost since.

8. Missouri: That weird Frank Haith hire doesn’t look quite so weird now, does it?

9. Duke: The Blue Devils had to work hard to beat Georgia Tech after losing to Temple.

10. Murray State: Is this the swiftest band of Racers since the days of Popeye Jones (circa 1990)?

11. Virginia: The Cavaliers’ eye-opening 14-game winning streak gets tested this week by Duke.

12. Georgetown: A 11-game Hoya winning streak was halted at West Virginia. (Update: Georgetown also lost at home last night to Cincinnati.)

13. UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels will ride that November upset of North Carolina all season.

14. Kansas: The Jayhawks haven’t lost since being upset in Kansas City by Davidson.

15. UConn: Jim Calhoun returned from his suspension just in time to lose at Rutgers.

16. Louisville: Unbeaten as of Dec. 27, the sinking Cardinals have dropped three of four.

By Mark Bradley

74 comments Add your comment

ajg-marietta

January 10th, 2012
10:17 am

Thanks for the Panthers love, Mark.

Now apologize for rolling your eyes and write a fat check to Samaritans feet. Than and get you fanny to the GSU Sports arena on Thursday night. The UNCW Seahawks are suddenly looking like a solid team, but they are about to run into a buzz saw. You need to see this team play in person.

Hail Munson

January 10th, 2012
10:18 am

DawgHunt

January 10th, 2012
10:19 am

Please… nobody cares about State.

Hail Munson

January 10th, 2012
10:20 am

Might be last too. Sorry Mr. Bradley.

Panthersville.com

January 10th, 2012
10:22 am

GSU has a great shot at the CAA….and don’t worry, you weren’t the only one who doubted Hunter.

Fulton

January 10th, 2012
10:25 am

Yea, nobody cares about State….11-4, and knocked off last year’s Final Four team on the road?

Gotta give props to the best team in the state, Ron Hunter’s Panthers.

DawgHunt

January 10th, 2012
10:25 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

billykellogg

January 10th, 2012
10:26 am

Kansas lost at Sprint Center, not at Allen.

gsu01

January 10th, 2012
10:26 am

Glad you’re finally paying attention to us Mark. The best basketball team in the state of Georgia plays on Decatur Street.

-Dawg Hunt: And yet you commented. How that “Dream Team” work out for you?

DawgHunt

January 10th, 2012
10:29 am

gsu01….zzzzzz… your still State…zzzzzz

Worked better than your “nightmare team”.

gstate55

January 10th, 2012
10:29 am

Mark, we really want you to come to the game Thursday. We even drafted a letter to you:

http://www.panthertalk.com/panthertalk-contributor-open-letter-to-ajc-writer-mark-bradley/

Rickster

January 10th, 2012
10:29 am

Totally off the subject, but, did Mark happen to pick/bet on LSU to win last night? :-)

BigBoyTable

January 10th, 2012
10:37 am

BigBoyTable

January 10th, 2012
10:40 am

REALLY? It worked much better than your nightmare team.

ajg-marietta

January 10th, 2012
10:49 am

Hey Mark, what happened to my first comment? I just suggested Samaritan’s Feet as a charity and urged you to show up on Thursday. Go Panthers!

Scott

January 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Nobody cares about uga hunt. Fact is we have the best bball team in the state by a wide margin.

HootieJohnson

January 10th, 2012
10:59 am

The nation will care about GSU come March, while only the CBI selection commitee will care about UGA.

Ted M

January 10th, 2012
11:13 am

The Dawgs & the Jackets both stink.

dawg tired

January 10th, 2012
11:18 am

If a tree falls on the court at a State game and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

True Dwag Fan

January 10th, 2012
11:19 am

An incident in mid October where Grantham had some angry words for Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin received quite a bit of negative publicity, but Jordan Jenkins didn’t see it that way at all.

“The Vandy incident didn’t affect me at all,” he said. “It just meant that, when it came down to it, Grantham loves his players and isn’t afraid to show it.”

So it appears that all of the clowns at AJC were wrong about this incident and I was right. Ill take your apologies when you get a sec. Hahahahahhahaha sad that I can do better at your jobs while doing my real job hahahahhaha.

You were one of the worst offenders too. You refused to drop it and wrote about it for weeks saying it was going to lead to all these bad things, blah blah blah. You even banned me for calling you out. You refused to back up your terrible opinion, typical of you AJC clowns. But look at it now…… We land a 5 star commit and he cites that this incident showed how much he cared for his players. what did you say about it again??? that he was just an idiot and made him look bad??? Well guess who was wrong as usual???? Get a fricken clue, along with the majority of your posters. But there is a small few good ones and guess what??? We all know more than you ever will, bc your too busy trying to bash UGA. Your scam career as a “journalist” will hopefully end soon when your editor realizes you know nothing and your posters know more than you do.

English

January 10th, 2012
11:19 am

Make me a believer Mark. Show up for our GSU/UNCW Samaritan’s Feet Game. Let’s Go State!

DawgHunt

January 10th, 2012
11:34 am

gstate55

January 10th, 2012
11:47 am

True Dawg Fan,

Um, not sure but this about MBB. You guys keep dreaming over there in Athens. And, if you truly are looking into that situation with Grantham and think that was a good situation, oh my. But, let’s go ahead and start the UGA National Champions 2012 talk in 3…..2…..1……

DawgHunt

January 10th, 2012
11:51 am

Gstate55,

Bill Curry.. that is all.

NoSoFastMyFriend

January 10th, 2012
12:00 pm

While we dream of national titles… you dream of a winning season and a move to D-1A that will never happen.

Hammer22

January 10th, 2012
12:19 pm

Come to a GSU game Mark and be the judge for yourself.

GSU

January 10th, 2012
12:50 pm

FIRE CURRY!!!!!!

JSS

January 10th, 2012
1:10 pm

Georgia State is for real… And there is no real team in the Big 10 or the SEC other than Kentucky that will see the Elite 8… College BB’s so called big boys are so flawed!

Phil Oneacre

January 10th, 2012
1:12 pm

What is a Dwg?

ormewood

January 10th, 2012
1:25 pm

JSS,

There’s no ‘real team in the Big 10′? You must not be watching what I’ve seen. Ohio State is an elite team capable of winning the national title. Indiana and Mich St are not far behind.

NoSoFastMyFriend

January 10th, 2012
1:28 pm

Whats a Lambuth?

Nom Nom Nom Chucks....Taylor or Norris

January 10th, 2012
1:49 pm

hahahahahha, you panther dorks are more laughable than the GT nerds…..relevance? Come see me in 10 years, maybe.

English

January 10th, 2012
1:49 pm

Bradley, you obviously have your UGA followers but can you get a moderator in here to help keep the thread on topic? I mean, UGA isn’t anything right now. Georgia State University Basketball has a real shot at being the great Cinderella story of the basketball season. After being below .500 for the last 5 years we’re on the precipice of something really special. To challenge for the CAA crown is amazing considering who plays in the CAA (Virginia Commonwealth/George Mason/Old Dominion). This is a very quality conference with a record of great basketball. Mark Bradley, please find your seat in the Sports Arena against UNCW and just enjoy the show.

Go State!

Nom Nom Nom Chucks....Taylor or Norris

January 10th, 2012
1:53 pm

A moderator to keep the comments on topic? What are you, a communist?

ahhhh, no just delusional.

Falcon Jim

January 10th, 2012
2:03 pm

Got some real weirdo’s on here…………………………..

English

January 10th, 2012
2:14 pm

@ Nom Nom, I think the one that is delusional is the one who has nothing to do with a conversation and tries to find their ledge to stand on. Not sure this has anything to do with communist. Show your education and stay on subject.

Go State! Beat UNCW!

NoSoFastMyFriend

January 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

There goes a State fan pulling the education card. Never fails.

GSU_ALUM

January 10th, 2012
2:20 pm

Very proud of the team CRH is building at GSU!

Go Panthers!

Bradley you are invited to the game so I hope to see you there.

GSU '80

January 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

wHEN i GRADIATED IN 1980, gsu WAS DA 6th rated BUSYNESS SKHOOL in da naTION.

iT GOT MES A real gud JOB.

Dawgington

January 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

Commuter sool with a basketball and a failed football team… who knew?

Dawgington

January 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

English

January 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

Never fails.

GSU_ALUM

January 10th, 2012
2:40 pm

Agree English… If we have “dawgs” talking about our school then you know CRH is doing something right.

JSS

January 10th, 2012
2:54 pm

Ohio State still has the same problems they had last year, Indiana proved that… That is the great thing about the tournament, on a natural floor, they will be exposed… Pick them past the Sweet 16 at your own risk to your bracket… The only wild card is Indiana, but they are so unproven when facing adversity…

JSS

January 10th, 2012
2:55 pm

oops… “neutral”

crackbaby

January 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

Would be great for the Panthers to bring a conference championship to the concrete campus. MB – Nice to mention their efforts, including coach Ron Hunter.

True Dwag Fan

January 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

gstate55

January 10th, 2012
11:47 am
True Dawg Fan,

Um, not sure but this about MBB. You guys keep dreaming over there in Athens. And, if you truly are looking into that situation with Grantham and think that was a good situation, oh my. But, let’s go ahead and start the UGA National Champions 2012 talk in 3…..2…..1……

It was a good and landed us a 5 star recruit. show he sticks up for his players.

GSU hahahahaha what a joke

times have changed

January 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

Wow, first the AJC is starting to have multiple articles a week about G-State and now State has upgraded from the georgia southern folk arguing about who the ‘real’ gsu is to uga fans actually taking the time to ridicule the G-State bball team…never thought I’d see that in my lifetime

Congrats to Georgia State, it seems that y’all are doing something right

times have changed

January 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

True ‘Dwag’ Fan, uga is always landing 5 star recruits…problem is they never do anything with them. With all the talent this state has in football it is a shame that bama has 2 natl titles in 3 yrs while uga has not even been to the title game in 30yrs

UGA_is_#1

January 10th, 2012
3:21 pm

Gotta give GSU some props…sadly but truely we would lose to them if we played each other today…smh