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LSU (18-11) vs. Georgia (15-16)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 14, 1 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bridgestone Arena (20,000) -- Nashville, Tennessee. Television: SEC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: LSU 14-3, Georgia 12-6. Away Record: LSU 4-8, Georgia 3-8. Neutral Record: LSU 0-0, Georgia 0-2. Conference Record: LSU 9-9, Georgia 9-9. Series Record: LSU leads, 61-42.

GAME NOTES: The ninth-seeded LSU Tigers and the eighth-seeded Georgia Bulldogs open up second-round action of the 2013 SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday afternoon.

The winner will advance to Friday's quarterfinals to play top-seeded Florida.

In Johnny Jones' first season as head coach after a decade at the helm of North Texas, LSU has had a solid season, going 18-11 overall and finishing the SEC campaign at 9-9. The Tigers slipped up a bit coming into the tournament, with losses in two of their last three games, including an 81-67 home setback versus Ole Miss last Saturday.

Georgia (15-16) also exceeded expectations in the SEC, going 9-9 for just its third season at .500 or better in the league in the past 10 years. The Bulldogs had been winners of three of four heading into their regular-season finale at Alabama, but they fell victim to a miraculous game-winning shot from beyond half-court to lose to the Crimson Tide, 61-58.

After 103 all-time meetings, LSU leads Georgia by a 61-42 count, although the Bulldogs won the lone matchup this season, 67-58, in Athens on Jan. 19.

LSU came out flat on its senior day last weekend, getting outshot by Ole Miss from the field, 52.5 percent to 41.1 percent, in the 14-point loss. Andre Stringer was impressive along the perimeter for the Tigers, shooting 4-of-8 from 3-point range for 18 points. Johnny O'Bryant III tallied his 14th double- double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Anthony Hickey netted 10 points. On the season, the Tigers have one of the more balanced offenses in the SEC, pouring in 71.3 ppg with five players scoring in double figures on a nightly basis. O'Bryant III mans the paint with 13.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg, while Hickey (11.8 ppg, 3.8 apg) is an elite perimeter defender with a Division I-best 3.1 spg. Charles Carmouche (10.8 ppg), Stringer (10.3 ppg) and Shavon Coleman (10.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) round out a potent attack.

Georgia appeared to be down for the count against Alabama in the regular- season finale, as it trailed by as many as 17 points before climbing all the way back to tie the contest at 58-58 in the final minute on a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer, but the Tide responded with a miracle heave from Trevor Releford at the buzzer as the Bulldogs were saddled with the heart- breaking loss. Caldwell-Pope poured in 14 points in the setback, as did Nemanja Djurisic from off the bench. Brandon Morris (11 points) was also impressive in a reserve role. UGA is led by the efforts of super-sophomore Caldwell-Pope, who registers 18.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.1 spg and was named the SEC Player of the Year. The team has difficulty putting up points elsewhere however, as it nets a lowly 60.7 ppg and Djurisic is the next-best scoring option with only 8.1 ppg. Luckily for the Bulldogs, they play outstanding defense, allowing just 61.4 ppg.

Something's got to give in this battle of offense versus defense, but the LSU shooting attack has seen a significant drop-off away from Baton Rouge. With its stout defense and Caldwell-Pope being the "x-factor", Georgia should find a way to advance.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia 66, LSU 64

03/14 10:51:14 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 30
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
4th
LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
4th
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 27
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
3rd
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
Half
TENN 10
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 4
 
3rd
NYI 5
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
3rd
MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 6
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14