LSU (9-5) at Georgia (6-10)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Site: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) -- Athens, Georgia.
Television: CSS Network. Home Record: LSU 8-2, UGA 6-4. Away Record: LSU 1-3,
UGA 0-4. Neutral Record: LSU 0-0, UGA 0-2. Conference Record: LSU 0-3, UGA
0-3. Series Record: LSU leads, 61-41.
GAME NOTES: The Georgia Bulldogs hope to put the brakes on a three-game losing
streak on Saturday when they host the LSU Tigers in a Southeastern Conference
matchup at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia's latest loss came at the hands of nationally-ranked Missouri on
Wednesday, as the Bulldogs were blown out, 79-62. Vincent Williams poured in a
game-high 23 points to pace Georgia, which had won four in a row before its
LSU, meanwhile, has also dropped three in a row after falling in overtime to
South Carolina on Wednesday, 82-73. Anthony Hickey posted 15 of his team-
leading 18 points during the second half and overtime to lead the Tigers, who
are 0-3 in SEC play.
Hickey also grabbed seven rebounds to match a career-high and handed out four
assists. For Hickey, it marked the sixth straight game he reached double
Georgia, which is also searching for its first conference win, will be trying
to reverse its fortunes against an LSU team that has beaten it in four of the
last five meetings. The Tigers also lead the all-time series, 61-41.
Even though LSU boasts just a .432 field goal percentage, it actually scores
74.1 points per game by earning extra possessions with 14.7 offensive rebounds
per tilt (third in SEC). Despite starting just three of 14 games, Shavon
Coleman is the team's catalyst with 12.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, and more than a block
and a steal per outing. Andre Stringer (11.2 ppg) has made 30-of-77 shots from
long range (.390), and Hickey (11.8 ppg) is among the best in the nation with
3.4 steals per game. Johnny O'Bryant III averages 10.4 ppg and grabs a 7.3
rpg, and Charles Carmouche chips in with 9.9 ppg and 3.9 apg.
Georgia has had trouble putting the ball in the basket, as it scores a dismal
59.7 ppg on 40.9 percent shooting from the floor. The team's struggles
continued against Missouri, as it made good on just 21-of-46 field goal
attempts (.457). Defensively though, the Bulldogs are holding their opponents
to just a 40.6 percentage from the floor. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been
the Bulldogs' only consistent option, as he nets 16.8 ppg, albeit on just 41.7
percent shooting from the field. Caldwell-Pope also leads the team in
rebounding (6.4 rpg), steals (2.4 spg) and 3-point baskets (37). Nemanja
Djurisic is the club's next-best scoring option, but he nets just 8.1 ppg.
This isn't going to be pretty. Chances are this game will be a defensive
struggle throughout, as neither team has shown the ability to score with any
degree of consistency. The Bulldogs have the game's best playmaker in
Caldwell-Pope, as well as the homecourt advantage, but that may not be enough.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: LSU 73, Georgia 67
01/19 10:42:11 ET