Making its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third, in the last five years, Georgia State enjoyed a practice day and media session at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Thursday.

Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, along with student-athletes met with members of the media in a relaxed and spirited fashion that included Hunter directing the GSU Pep Band and trying to throw down a dunk.

“Goes without saying we are excited to be here and Tulsa really nice town,” Hunter said. “I spent some time here before when I was the Head Coach at IUPUI. My team is extremely excited to be here. We've earned the right to be here.


“I think that we're a little bit more relaxed this time than we were a year ago when we played Cincinnati. My kids were on a mission. We had a practice yesterday that got me so excited I was ready to play last night. And if any of you know me I don't get very excited often. So we were really ready to play last night. I think our kids will be ready for a great Houston team, well coached. Kelvin is doing a great job with that

program and we're just ready to get going.”

The Panthers also got in a closed practice at Oral Roberts in final preparations for Friday’s night’s game with No. 3-seed Houston. Tip is set for 7:20 p.m. ET on TBS.

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