Georgia State Basketball Schedule: Panthers Will Play Duke, BYU

Feb 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia State Panthers head coach Ron Hunter reacts to play against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the second half at the GSU Sports Arena. Old Dominion won in overtime 65-60. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia State will have to make the most of their opportunities in non-conference play in 2012, as they're ineligible for the CAA Tournament.

In their last season in the Colonial Athletic Association before moving to the Sun Belt, Georgia State will have an uphill climb to make the NCAA Tournament.

As a result of their impending move, the Panthers are ineligible to play in the CAA Tournament, meaning their only chance to make the field of 68 will be as an at-large team.

However, as a mid-major school, they don't have many opportunities to boost their RPI to be competitive against teams in BCS conferences, who can have as many as a dozen Top 25 teams on their schedule.

They'll have to take advantage of the few opportunities they'll have in non-conference play, most notably road dates in early November against Duke and BYU.

A win over the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium would not only put the Panthers on the map, but it may be enough to push them over the top of the bubble when the field is selected in March.

Georgia State, coming off a 22-12 season in the first year for head coach Ron Hunter, will be a huge underdog, but, then again, so was Lehigh in last year's tournament.

For more coverage of Georgia State basketball, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta.

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