Delaware (7-8) at Georgia State (6-10)
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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
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
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
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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