After nearly three weeks on the road, Georgia State will return home on Wednesday night to face Wright State at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena. The match-up will serve as the annual ‘Barefoot for Bare Feet’ game in which head coach Ron Hunter goes barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet.
The game is normally played as a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, however, Hunter changed the day this year to allow first-year Wright State head coach Scott Nagy to participate in going barefoot as well.
“While at South Dakota State, Scott was one of the first people to help promote Samaritan’s Feet and coach barefoot when this initiative started,” Hunter said. “Now that he is leading Wright State it seemed only right to do this game a little earlier this year. He is a good friend and I am glad we can do this together to raise awareness for such a great cause.”
Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on 1340 The Fan 3, 1230 The Fan 2 and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 34th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak. The game will also air on the WatchESPN platform for a second-straight year with Sam Crenshaw and former Panther Rodney “Truck” Turner calling the action. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
Georgia State (3-2) won the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge last week at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico. Freshman D’Marcus Simonds was named tournament MVP following a 26-point performance against NJIT which led the Panthers to a 74-53 victory. Senior Justin Seymour was also named to the all-tournament team after hitting 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the championship game over Eastern Kentucky.
Wright State (6-1) enters as one of the hottest teams in the country after winning the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic over the weekend. The Raiders are led by Mark Alstork who is averaging 22.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for a team that scores 83.9 points per contest.
The two schools will meet for a second-straight year after Georgia State earned a 59-46 victory in Dayton, Ohio, last year. Dayton also happens to be where Hunter grew up.
“It was great to get those two wins last week and then give the guys a couple days off,” Hunter said. “They have come back hungry to continue to build on what we did last week. We know Wright State is a very good team and we will need to play our best basketball to come away with a win.”
Georgia State has gone 106-63 in head coach Ron Hunter’s five-plus seasons. Hunter could tie former head coach Bob Reinhart’s school record of 107 wins on Wednesday. Before coming to Georgia State, he spent 17 seasons at IUPUI and left as their all-time winningest coach.