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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: GSU Sports Arena (3,800) -- Atlanta. Georgia. Television: CSS, CSN-BALT, BAY, DC. Home Record: UD 4-1, GSU 5-4. Away Record: UD 2-5, GSU 1-6. Neutral Record: UD 1-2, GSU 0-0. Conference Record: UD 2-0, GSU 1-2. Series Record: Delaware leads 6-5.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens fly south to Atlanta to take on the Georgia State Panthers in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt at GSU Sports Arena.
Delaware has opened CAA play with two consecutive victories for just the third time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season. The Blue Hens opened 2-0 in 2001-02 and 5-0 in 2007-08. Delaware has won nine consecutive regular season CAA games -- the fourth longest conference winning streak in school history.
Georgia State is hoping to rebound after a tough two-point loss to Hofstra on Monday night in New York. That was the Panther's sixth loss in their last seven games.
Delaware leads the all-time series with Georgia State, 6-5, and the Blue Hens have won the last four meetings. However those four games have come by a total of 10 points, while three of those went to overtime.
Delaware's backcourt duo of Devon Saddler and Jarvis Threatt led the way on Wednesday night, as the Blue Hens cruised to their fourth straight victory with a 69-54 win over visiting Hofstra. Saddler hit for 23 points and Threatt recorded his second straight 19-point effort and added a career-high six steals, as the Blue Hens broke away from a narrow halftime lead with a strong second half start and cruised to victory.
Saddler leads the CAA and is tied for 18th in the nation in scoring, averaging 20.0 points per game. Jamelle Hagins ranks second in the nation with 12.3 rebounds per game, and he is tied for second in the country with nine double- doubles. Hagins also leads the CAA with 8.9 defensive rebounds per game, ranks second with 2.5 blocks and 3.5 offensive rebounds per game, and is third with a .567 field goal percentage. With eight more rebounds, Hagins will break the current school record of 916 held by Spencer Dunkley. UD currently leads the league and is tied for 17th in the nation with a .760 free throw percentage. Devon Saddler ranks third in the league at 82 percent, Hagins is sixth at 78 percent, Threatt is 11th at 75.7 percent, and Josh Brinkley ranks 15th at 72.5 percent.
Georgia State overcame a 12-point, second-half deficit, but lost on a last second layup at Hofstra, 52-50, on Monday night after Devonta White's 3- pointer as time expired was just off the mark. Freshman R.J. Hunter, who earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season earlier in the day, led the Panthers with 13 points, but managed to shoot just 4-of-15 from the floor and 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
Hunter, who leads all CAA freshmen in scoring and rebounding, is one of just six freshmen in the country averaging at least 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. In his first three conference games, Hunter is averaging 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and shooting 45.5 percent from the floor. Hunter has already won four CAA Rookie of the Week awards this year and is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. White, leads the CAA in minutes played (36.7) and is tied for first in steals per game (2.1). White is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.9 ppg to rank 13th in the CAA, while dishing out 3.0 assists, which has him tied for fifth. Redshirt junior Manny Atkins is averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season, both among the top 16 in the CAA. Atkins is also shooting 77.3 percent from the free throw line, the eighth best mark in the CAA. He is second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.400). James Vincent, the team's lone senior, leads the CAA by averaging 2.7 blocked shots per game and is among the top-25 in the league in rebounding, pulling down 4.7 per contest.
Delaware hopes to have much better offensive options and their rebounding and free-throw shooting make it even harder for the Panthers to have a chance to pull out the victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 78, Georgia State 62
01/12 10:41:23 ET
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