Men’s Basketball Number of the Game: 43.2

Georgia State visits a familiar foe when the Panthers travel to Norfolk, Va., to face former conference foe Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Center on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The game will air live on the American Sports Network or you can listen to the game on 1340 The Fan 3 or WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen calling the action as the Panthers look for their sixth straight win.

The Panthers will have had 13 days off when they take the court tonight. However, Georgia State is coming off an impressive 72-48 win over Green Bay which has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the NCAA RPI this season.

As you know, running through the entire season, the InsideGSUSports blog will present the Number of  the Game, a quick number and explanation of its significance before tip-off.

The number will come from a variety of different places, but will always be significant to the team or that specific game.

Today’s Number of the Game:

43.2

The number represents the combined point total of junior R.J. Hunter and senior Ryan Harrow. The duo make up the No. 1 scoring combo in the country. Both are in the top 25 in scoring. Here are the top tandems:

1. Georgia State (R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow): 23.3 + 19.9 = 43.2
2. Iona (A.J. English and David Laury): 24.4 + 18.3 = 42.7
3. Eastern Wash. (Tyler Harvey and Venky Jois): 20.5 + 20.3 = 40.8

Come back Sunday before the Panthers host Southern Miss and look to extend their home court winning streak to 16 games.

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Operations: Prepping for a New Year

On the third Wednesday of every month, a member of the Facilities and Operations staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Academics.

Finals week can be difficult for the student-athletes and their time management skills are finally put to the test.  The facilities and operations department may not have to take finals, however we are trying to finalize many projects before the New Year.

We have been working on many projects this winter so far such as office moves as all of our external staff (marketing, sports communications, ticket sales, and corporate sales) have moved into the old football offices in the Courtland North building.

Court volleyball also has been moved into a new locker room. They will now occupy the old women’s basketball locker room in the Sports Arena.  This area gives the team a larger locker room as well as an area for the entire team to watch film.  The locker room was completely repainted and branded for the volleyball team.

We will also be beginning to prep the baseball and softball fields for the spring seasons that are quickly approaching.  Our softball complex is also getting some small renovations including a new LED scoreboard, and we will be installing a new fence and windscreen.  Another project in place during the winter break is a detailed clean of our football facility as well as painting the hallways and locker rooms to get the building ready for recruits who will be visiting campus.

While the University is closed for winter break, the Facilities, Operations, and Grounds staff will be working throughout the winter break, after spending a couple days home with family, to keep all of Georgia State University’s athletic facilities in tip-top shape.

We hope everyone has safe travels and a wonderful holiday break!   Please provide some feedback as to what questions you have as fans, what would you like to hear more about regarding Facilities and Operations here at Georgia State.

See you at the game!

–Gina Knutson and Steve Wojcikowski

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Inside Communications: How Do You Get Your Panther News?

On the third Monday of every month, a member of the Sports Communications staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Operations.

Question for you: How do you like to consume your Panther news?

Seriously, I’d like to know what ways our fans like to receive their news. Do you normally:

The way we are providing information and telling stories about our student-athletes and teams is changing. When I got into ‘sports information’ back in the mid-1990s, we would write a release or game notes and fax it out. It was right at the point where email was becoming more popular (that’s a difficult sentence to write) and we were just learning what a world wide web really was.

Now, nearly everything we do starts with digital, and then we regress to print, as needed. And often, it’s not needed anymore.

Our website has undergone significant changes in the past 18 months in both appearance and content. It will continue to evolve as we grow in finding new ways to tell better stories. Take, for example, this year in review our graduate assistant Will Owens put together last week. It did not take much work but does a solid job of showcasing the season in a snapshot like the majority of our viewers are looking for – in a visual manor with key facts easily accessible.

The readership is not the same as it once was because there is so much information available year-round. That’s where tools like these will come in handy for us as we continue our efforts to tell the stories of our student-athletes and then sharing them as widely as possible.

If you want to share how you consume your GSU Panthers news, feel free to leave a comment below or email me directly at jtrickie@gsu.edu. We’re always looking to find way to make sure our news is reaching the right people, like you.

Thanks,

Jerry Trickie
Associate AD/Communications

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Dec. 9-15

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

Bleacher Report – Early College Basketball Player of the Year Candidates Includes R.J. Hunter
R.J. Hunter’s national status depends on how many more games Georgia State plans on losing. If the Panthers go 31-3 and he’s still averaging 23.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.5 APG and 2.5 SPG, it’s going to be hard not to argue for him as a potential Player of the Year.  Read more

Fox Sports – The Quarters: Top Teams Start to Distance Themselves
Ryan Harrow as listed among the top assist and assist/turnover guys in the country as Fox Sports looked at the first quarter of the season. Read more

AJC – Harden Leads Georgia State Players on All-Sun Belt Team
Donovan Harden headlined Georgia State’s selections on the Sun Belt All-Conference team released by the league on Wednesday. Harden, a junior, led Georgia State with 60 catches for 885 yards and seven touchdowns. He set school records with 11 receptions for 186 yards and four touchdowns against Georgia Southern to earn first-team all-conference honors. Read more

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Compliance: Vacation Periods

On the second Wednesday of every month, a member of the Compliance staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Communications.

One of the most anticipated times of the year is the holiday season. It’s a time in which classes are finishing up and student-athletes, coaches, and faculty are able to spend time with their families. It is also a time in which student-athletes have an opportunity to hone and refine their skills. It is important to note that there are still rules in place regarding practice for student-athletes during a vacation period. A vacation period is any period listed on the University’s official academic calendar during which classes are not in session.

Normally, during the designated playing season, student-athletes may engage in only four hours per day and 20 hours per week of countable athletically related activities (CARAs) with one day off required per week. A CARA is any activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes that occurs at the direction of or supervised by one or more institutional coaching staff members (i.e. assistant coach, strength coach, graduate assistant).

During a vacation period, student-athletes that are in-season have no daily or weekly limitations. If a vacation period occurs during any part of the week in which classes are still in progress, then the CARA limitations apply and student-athletes are required to have one day off (which can be the actual vacation day).

Outside the designated playing season, student-athletes may be required to participate in up to eight hours per week of strength and conditioning activities as well as individualized skill instruction (i.e. shooting drills, batting practice, film review). Outside the playing season, student-athletes must be given at least two days off from required activities per week.

During a vacation period, student-athletes outside their playing season are permitted to engage in voluntary workouts at athletic department facilities. Strength and conditioning coaches, as well as any non-countable coaches, may design and conduct specific workout programs for returning student-athletes, provided those workouts are entirely voluntary and are conducted at the request of the student-athlete. The only exceptions to countable coaches being present are in sports with a safety exception (i.e., hurdlers), and individual sports only if a one-on-one workout with a countable coach is conducted or supervised at a facility that charges a fee and the fee is paid by the student-athlete in the same manner as any member of the general public.

Georgia State University’s vacation periods include:

Georgia State University Holiday Schedule 2014/2015
Labor Day September 1st
Thanksgiving Break November 27th-28th
Winter Break December 22nd – January 3rd
M.L.K Day January 20th
Spring Break March 16th – March 22nd
Memorial Day May 26th
Independence Day July 4th

–Tyler Rosenberger
Compliance Intern

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Dec. 2-8

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

Fox Sports – Hunter Leads Georgia State by Green Bay 72-48
R.J. Hunter scored 26 points and Georgia State rolled over Green Bay 72-48 on Thursday night in a matchup between two of the nation’s better midmajor teams. Ryan Harrow added 17 points and T.J. Shipes had his first double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (6-2), who have won five consecutive games. Hunter made only 4 of 13 3-point attempts but hit 10 of 12 free-throw tries.  Read more

NCAA.com – November’s games set the stage — so what now for an encore, December?
Once, he was the world’s most discussed college basketball player, his name Googled globally. Now, he is just another guy in the Georgia State rotation, averaging 28 minutes and eight points a game. And overjoyed to be there. Kevin Ware. The famous shattered right leg is healed now, 20 months after it exploded on national television. He has transferred from Louisville, and if the questions about that day have stopped — will they ever stop? — they have at least slowed at his new school. Read more

AJC – Charlie Cobb on the present and future of Georgia State football
Charlie Cobb just finished his first football season as Georgia State’s athletic director in which the Panthers went 1-11 and often played to small crowds. While very optimistic about the future of the program, he also recognizes that there is a lot of work to do with fundraising, construction and interest do to help coach Trent Miles and his program fulfill its potential. Read more

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Ticketing: Doubleheaders and Hoops for Holidays

On the second Monday of every month, a member of the Ticketing staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Compliance.

Hoops for Holidays

Georgia State Athletics is once again partnering with fans and local businesses to give the gift of basketball to Atlanta’s well deserving youth through the “Hoops for Holidays” program.

In 2013 this program helped us distribute nearly 1,000 Georgia State Basketball tickets to organizations such as the United Way, Atlanta Public Schools and Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

For just $10, Panther fans will give a local child a game ticket to any home contest during 2014-15 holiday season along with a food voucher.

Click here or call 866-GA-STATE to purchase.

2014-15 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Doubleheader Ticket Policy

The Sports Arena Box Office will sell tickets to the women’s game up until the start of the second half of play. At that time we will begin selling tickets to the men’s game only.

At the end of the women’s game all fans will be allowed to stay and watch the men’s game free of charge but will be asked to move to the Mezzanine General Admission level.

We look forward to seeing you in the Sports Arena!

–Georgia State Ticket Office

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Men’s Basketball Number of the Game: 645

Georgia State returns home after six-straight games on the road to face one of the top mid-major teams in the country, Green Bay, on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Sports Arena. If you can’t make it out to the game, make sure to listen to the game live on 1340 The Fan 3 or WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen and Brandon Leak calling the action as the Panthers look for their fifth straight win or watch on PantherVision.

Georgia State rolled through the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Rochester, Mich., last week, before rallying for a 66-63 win at IUPUI on Saturday. This will mark the Panthers only game between today and Dec. 17.

As you know, running through the entire season, the InsideGSUSports blog will present the Number of  the Game, a quick number and explanation of its significance before tip-off.

The number will come from a variety of different places, but will always be significant to the team or that specific game.

Today’s Number(s) of the Game:

645

The number represents the days since Georgia State last lost a game in the state of Georgia. The Panthers have won 14-straight at home and have not lost inside the borders of the state since Feb. 27, 2013.

Come back Dec. 17 before the Panthers travel to face former conference foe Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., at 8 p.m. ET.

–Mike Holmes

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Inside the Panther Athletic Club: Athletics Spring Tour

On the first Wednesday of every month, a member of the Panther Athletic Club staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Ticketing

Georgia State Athletics Spring Tour

We are coming to visit you!  Please mark the following dates on your calendar for April 2015, as Georgia State Athletics coaches and administration will be traveling throughout Metro Atlanta to unite and build the Panther Family.

Georgia State alumni, friends, students, and faculty/staff are invited to attend the Spring Tour and get to meet the coaches. The locations for these events, subject to change, include: Alpharetta, Smyrna/Vinings, Decatur, Tucker, Jonesboro, Marietta/Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, and Buckhead/Sandy Springs.  Please add the following dates to your calendar:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Georgia State University boasts 120,000 Alumni living in the Atlanta Metro Area.  The Spring Tour will serve as an opportunity for all alumni to connect and unite with their alma mater by attending these events throughout the Atlanta Metro area.  More information will be released closer to the kickoff of the Spring Tour.

For more information about the tour or how you can serve as a volunteer, please contact us at 404-413-4126 or pac@gsu.edu.

–Elizabeth Pangle

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Inside Marketing: Supporting Basketball

On the first Monday of every month, a member of the Marketing staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Panther Athletic Club.

Good Afternoon and Happy Cyber Monday!

We thought that coming up with two outstanding offers would be the best way to feed your Georgia State Athletics appetite this time of year.  You can still purchase the Panther Pack for just $120 that includes every men’s and women’s basketball game for the rest of the season. There is a still a value of $214 with this deal.  Let me break this down for you…

Lots of Panther basketball for the face value of $214 is a good deal to see some of the top teams in the state, conference players of the year, and even some NBA-types.  However, $120 is a tremendous deal to see the same thing.  Why would you not take advantage of this offer?  Do yourself a favor and call us today at 866-GA-STATE and get the Blue Friday (even though it’s Monday) Panther Pack right now!

Blue_Friday_eblastThe second offer is to get you in the door for women’s basketball against Kennesaw State for just $3 or men’s basketball against Horizon League favorite and boasting their own returning conference player of the year, the Green Bay Phoenix, for only $5.

 

 

 

 

Women vAt the women’s game Wednesday night we will be collecting teddy bears for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Hughes Spalding.  So bring a teddy bear to give to those in need – ‘tis the season.  We will also be collecting toys at the entrance to the game for toys for tots as part of a greater Georgia State University-wide initiative.

At the Thursday night game against Green Bay (Did I mention they are also conference favorite and have a conference player of the year?) we are promoting a BLACK OUT in the Sports Arena.  The entire lower level and the first 500 general admission and students will get black out shirts from The Georgia Lottery.

vs Green Bay

All students who show up can register to win a $1,000 scholarship in the Dollars for Degrees program.  We will have a teddy bear toss at halftime to benefit the children of Nicholas House and collecting toys at the entrance to the game for toys for tots as part of a greater Georgia State University-wide initiative.  If you bring a toy we will even give you a ticket voucher to catch another men’s basketball game during the holiday break (through January 10) for FREE.

 

Give us a call today, we would love to hear from you.  Bring your family and friends to the sports arena so you can share your wonderful Panther Athletics experiences with someone else.  We are always looking to grow the #PantherFamily.

–Matt Newhouse

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