Ga. State looks to sweep La.-Lafeyette
Georgia State (15-8, 8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-14, 4-8)
Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Georgia State goes for the season sweep over Louisiana-Lafayette after winning the previous matchup in Atlanta. The teams last met on Jan. 9, when the Panthers outshot Louisiana-Lafayette from the field 54.2 percent to 28.8 percent and made five more 3-pointers en route to a 38-point victory.
FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jalen Johnson, Mylik Wilson and Cedric Russell have collectively accounted for 52 percent of all Ragin’ Cajuns scoring this season, though that figure has dropped to 28 percent over the last five games.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Ragin’ Cajuns have given up only 70.8 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 78.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.WATCH OUT FOR WILLIAMS: Kane Williams has connected on 37.8 percent of the 82 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 23 over the last five games. He’s also converted 73.7 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 9-5 when it scores at least 66.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Georgia State is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 73 points or fewer. The Panthers are 5-8 when opponents score more than 73.
DID YOU KNOW: The Georgia State offense has scored 79 points per game this season, ranking the Panthers 22nd among Division I teams. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense has allowed 73.8 points per game to opponents (ranked 263rd overall).