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Who Are The Georgia State Panthers?

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If you follow Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball even the slightest bit, you know that the Georgia State Panthers are in their last season as a member of the conference. You know that head coach Ron Hunter is a very loud and talented coach. And, you also know that his son, R.J. Hunter, has been the runaway candidate for the 2012-2013  CAA Rookie of the Year.

But, after those three facts, do we really know that much about this season’s Georgia State Panthers club?

Georgia State (8-11, 3-3) started off the season 3-2. The Panthers then played .500 basketball for their next four games and moved their record to 5-4 following their December 8 victory over South Polytechnic. The Panthers then proceeded to lose five-straight games, including their CAA play opener at home vs. the Drexel Dragons. In their next five CAA games, Georgia State has earned a 3-2 record, with their three wins coming over James Madison, William & Mary and Old Dominion—all by 15 points or more.

Now, with that brief recap of their season, it’s easy to see that Georgia State is by far the most inconsistent and confusing team in the CAA this year.

At 3-3 in the conference, the Panther’s season is still somewhat salvageable. But, what exactly are they attempting to salvage if Georgia State is ineligible for the CAA Tournament due to fleeing to the Sun Belt in 2013-2014?

Regardless, as the Panthers enter the second-half of their season, one thing is for sure: nobody truly knows what to expect from the Georgia State Panthers this season. But, inconsistent could easily be the word to describe them.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.