Team preview: Georgia State

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

The Panthers made a quicker-than-anticipated entry into the CAA last year, and their initial campaign proved to be a struggle.

Georgia State won only three times during the regular season, but managed to upset Towson in the CAA Tournament's opening round before taking George Mason to overtime in the CAA quarterfinals. The Panthers were one possession from stopping the magical George Mason NCAA Tournament run before it even started.

The near miss typified the season for coach Michael Perry. His Panthers led by five points or more in 20 of 29 games, and led 14 games at halftime. It seemed on many occasions that Georgia State would almost will itself to lose.

However the truth is that the Panthers were hampered by a clear lack of CAA-level guards. This doomed them -- they finished the year ninth in the CAA in turnover margin.

Consequently, it was no surprise when Perry snagged a huge recruiting class led by a number of freshman and transfer guards. In all, seven new players will join the program, many brought in to replace and upgrade the loss of four senior guards.