Georgia State picked up win number 10 with a 70-55 win over South Alabama Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Panthers improved to 10-3. Jeremy Hollowell led the way with 23 points while Kevin Ware added 20 points. The panthers have won three straight.
The women fell 60-52 and look to stop a three game slide.
The Panthers are off until Thursday when they host Louisiana-Monroe. Thursdays game is special as it is the annual Samaritans feet game where coach hunter coaches barefoot to raise support for Samaritans feet which helps give shoes to children in need around the world.
Samaritans feet will have a table set up and if you donate five dollars you will receive a ticket to any remaining home game.
There are three games left on the five game home stand you can get in to see the panthers by getting tickets at Georgiastatesports.com
And there it is, you are now up to date ... with your eye on Georgia State.
The Panthers are on the Prowl for a Bowl Game
What Being Bowl-Eligible Means
The program is on the map. Hard work, good coaching, and execution by the players will get the team - and program - great exposure. All of the Panthers' wins were against FBS teams, so there was no "backing in" or "cupcake teams" that got them to postseason play.
What Trent Miles has Done
Coach Trent Miles has a proven track record of building a program and is doing it again. Miles had to come in with roster turnover, massive senior graduation, and starting a program from scratch. Miles has good coaching; Jessie Minter, P.J. Volker, Tim Lappano, Harold Etheridge, Larry Knight, Eric Lewis, Tony Sammuel, Luke Huard, Jeff Jagodzinski, Ben McLane, Liam Smith, and Reid Smith all make this blog! All of the coaches are responsible for this achievement.
What's Been Wrong with the Team the Last Two Years
Nothing! The team was young, and they needed to get bigger and stronger, and to get more experience. The new weight room opened after the season started, so ... Coach Miles has yet to have a class to have an offseason workout program.
The offense can be unstoppable, with a 4,000-yard passer and the potential for two 1000-yard receivers. The defense is allowing just more than 14 points per game during the four-game winning streak.
Stars to Know
The entire team! Too many to name, here are a few of the most notable:
Nick Arbuckle - the best QB in school history, who has thrown for more than 4,000 yards
Penny Hart - the leading receiver in the Sun Belt Conference, with more than 1,000 yards receiving
Robert Davis - just 21 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards
Donovan Harden - more than 600 receiving yards after missing three games due to injury
Kyler Neal, Glenn Smith, Taz Bateman, and Demarcus Kirk - one of the Sun Belt Conference's toughest running back stables
Keith Rucker - "Beasting" at the tight end position
Joe Peterson - most tackles in school history
Tarris Batiste - leads the team in interceptions
Kaleb Ringer - stud linebacker
Bobby Baker - leads the team in fumble recoveries
Alonzo McGee - leads the team in tackles for loss
Shawanye Lawrence - GREAT panther in the making
Mackendy Cheridor, Melvin King, Carnell Hopson, and Jalen Lawrence - high motors
The Panthers are on the rise and are now a part of history ... a history still in the making.
...And there it is!
UGA should make coaching changes, not to placate the restless and unhappy masses of the disappointing season, but because talent and scoring has regressed. The strength of the team was supposed to be the offensive line and the team has had to make radical changes in big games. No Chubb should not mean no chance and it has ... and it is too bad. "The Wild Dog" should've been tried against Florida ... not a game later against a weak Kentucky team after ANOTHER loss to the Gators. UGA has to be better quickly.
Georgia State Basketball
R.J. Hunter drained one of the biggest shots in GSU history versus Baylor a few months ago, now Hunter is in Boston with the Celtics and the Panthers are loading up for another NCAA Tournament run. New comers Isaiah Williams and Malik Benlevi will impress the casual and die-hard fans while Jeff Thomas gets the role of filling in the shooting role Hunter left in college. Markus Crider will lead the team in rebounding and passion, while Isaiah Dennis will get quality minutes at point guard this season. The Panthers will look to gel offensively late and play great defense all year. Panthers have a great shot at Three-peat at the Sun Belt Championship ... will still have to deal with the Rajun' Cajun's I think to win the whole thing.
The Atlanta Hawks
10 Games in the Atlanta Hawks are one of the best teams in the NBA ... AGAIN! an 8-2 start has the Hawks in good position already. Banking wins early in the season is key to getting rest and good playoff seeding later in the season. Kent Bazemore has done well replacing DeMarre Carroll in the Starting lineup, Jeff Teague needs to stay aggressive and Al Horford has alread made more three-point baskets than in any other season. Still fun to watch, coach "Bud" always has his team ready. Clearly the scrappiest team in town.
I expected seven wins this season. at 6-3, that makes for a rough ending of the season to make me right if things go wrong. The truth is no one should be angry at the Falcons defense for anything as the "D" has been responsible or four of the teams wins so far. It is a work in progress that needs several years of drafting and free agency to fix. The offense has been up and down and while Devonta Freeman is looking like a pro bowler, the QB and offensive coordinators need to figure things out. Scoring 16 and 10 points in any games is unacceptable no matter the circumstances for this team in today's NFL.
By "Hometeam" Brandon Leak
The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of work to do. Winning 10 games in two years means there's been a lack of execution and a lack of talent in key areas of the franchise. Most of the work needs to be done in the trenches and unfortunately cannot be fixed in one season.
New head coach Dan Quinn seems to be a man was prepared and has a vision of how to fix the team but the reality is he is coaching players primarily picked before his arrival proven not to comprise dominant units with their play.
The defensive line may be the quickest to yield better results with the Re'Shede Hageman looking to get more snaps this season. A good rotation may help the Falcons get after the quarterback as well.
However, the biggest issue will be offensive line which features a collection of guys who aren't necessarily athletic in a blocking scheme that requires such a dynamic. While it looks like the offense of line is picking up the zone-blocking scheme, it doesn't look like they have mastered it early in preseason.
Additionally, the O-line was often injured last season which could pose a problem not only protecting Matt Ryan this season but also in having a consistent and effective running game.
In short if the team can't block it means fewer points and more time on the field for the defense ... which is not good for now.
The team better block or the team won't be better.
Baseball should be done with Pete Rose. He’s been given a chance, a second chance and an even rarer third chance. All three times he was guilty of committing one of baseball’s ultimate sins-betting on baseball.
ESPN's Outside the Lines reported this week he actually gambled as a player and manager, proving him to be a great liar-again.
Major League Baseball’s RULE 21 (section d) is clear:
(d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES. Any player, umpire, or club official or
employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in
connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared
ineligible for one year.
Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall
bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which
the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
What are we talking about with this guy? He bet on baseball, was thrown out of the game, allowed to return to the All-Star Game in 2000, apologized and then denied again. Pete Rose was a great hitter but not great at telling the truth.