So has the conference portion of the schedule been exciting enough for you yet — buzzer beaters and blowouts — if that doesn’t make you cheer, nothing will. If the last two games are any indication of what the next few weeks have in store for us, this is going to be a fun Panther team to watch long in to March.
Saturday afternoon’s game between Georgia State and UALR features the first and second place teams in the Sun Belt Conference — yes, I have said the same thing in the last two nuggets and hopefully we will at least continue to say the Panthers are in first place for a while. It is an intriguing match-up and one that the Trojans have wanted revenge on for some 23 years. Why is that you say, well you must read this edition of our Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget. For those just following us (and thank you for joining us), each game during the regular season (and hopefully postseason), I will try to post something that most fans would not know. Some will be more complex than others, but hopefully it will be something that if you are standing around the water cooler the next day would impress your friends.
And since so many fans showed up on Thursday night, I will give you two nuggets today — my treat.
This marks the 18th-meeting between the two former conference foes. After UALR won 16-straight to begin the series, GSU pulled off one of its biggest wins (and upsets) in program history in the 17th-meeting. The Panthers 80-60 win over the Trojans on March 7, 1991, sent GSU to its first-ever NCAA tournament. Georgia State’s run through the TAAC tournament, which they entered with a record under .500, is one of the most remarkable in conference history. The three teams Georgia State beat in the tournament, the Panthers had gone 0-6 against during the regular season. The final win against UALR, sealed the Panthers first trip to the Big Dance with head coach Bob Reinhart leading the charge. The two schools have not met since.
And your freebie nugget: R.J. Hunter has currently made a school-record 27-straight free throws in the last four games.
Be sure to come back Thursday for another Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget as the Panthers return to the road to face UL Lafayette at 8:15 p.m. ET.