Georgia Bulldogs (3-2) at Georgia State Panthers (3-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm (John Gray Gymnasium)
The Line: Georgia State Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia State Panthers will face off at John Gray Gymnasium this Wednesday night in the consolation game of the Cayman Islands Classic.
The Georgia Bulldogs fell to 3-2 on the young season after being defeated by the 16th ranked Clemson Tigers, 64-49, yesterday afternoon in the semifinals of the Cayman Islands Classic. Georgia struggled offensively against the Tigers and couldn’t fight back after Clemson took a 50-35 lead with 12:38 left in the 2nd half. Georgia shot just 38.0% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bulldogs were outrebounded by the Tigers by a 43-30 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 17-14 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Derek Ogbeide who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.
Coming into their game against the Tigers, Georgia was averaging 85.5 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs were averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by Rayshaun Hammonds (17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Nicolas Claxton (14.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.8 bpg), Derek Ogbeide (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg), and Tyree Crump (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Georgia was allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 37.0% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs has a rebound margin of 9.8 and a turnover margin of -3.8.
The Georgia State Panthers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-2 on the season after being defeated by the Creighton Blue Jays, 93-68, on Tuesday night. Georgia State struggled on both ends of the court against Creighton and couldn’t fight back after the Blue Jays went into halftime with a commanding 52-24 lead. Georgia State shot 39.3% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc while allowing Creighton to shoot 54.5% from the field. The Panthers outrebounded the Blue Jays by a 40-38 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 40-38 margin. Leading the way for the Panthers was D’Marcus Simonds who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals.
Coming into their game agianst the Blue Jays, Georgia State was averaging 71.3 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers were averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by D’Marcus Simonds (23.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.5 bpg), Jeff Thomas (16.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.8 bpg), Malik Benlevi (10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.5 bpg), and Kane Williams (8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg).
Defensively, Georgia State was allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 38.4% shooting from the field. The Panthers had a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
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Georgia and Tom Crean come into this season with low expectations, however, the Bulldogs have played decent to start the season as Nicolas Claxton & Rayshaun Hammons have looked comfortable taking on more of an offensive role this season. The Bulldogs have some solid depth and although their defense is giving up points, it does rank 32nd in rebound margin & 45th in defensive FG%. Georgia State came out flat against Creighton however, this is a team with a bunch of talent and a solid coach in Ron Hunter. The Panthers have one of the best duos in the Sun Belt in D’Marcus Simonds & Jeff Thomas and has gotten solid production from Pittsburgh transfer, Damon Wilson. Georgia State is usually pretty tough on the defensive end and and although I thought they be getting a few more points than this, I'm still sticking with the Panthers and the points in this one.