Dawgs fight at home but fall

ATHENS – LSU depends on its starting lineup for point production – particularly their big men.

The Tiger's starting five is currently averaging 68 points a game – tonight they scored 84 points; Georgia's starting five is averaging 53 – tonight they scored 62.

The reason for the additional points dominate Tiger play inside. It seemed like LSU dunked about 70 times, in their 95-79 win over Georgia Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-7 in the SEC; LSU is now 5-2 and alone in second place in the SEC West.

LSU's Antonio Hudson and Brandon Bass pounded Georgia's big men. The two combined for 46 points. Pounded is the best adjective to use – Bulldogs were lying on the ground by the end of the game partly because of physical play unnoticed or at best uncalled by officials.

Still, Georgia was out-rebounded, outscored, and outplayed in the paint. The rebounding margin has been worse this season, but the Tigers got offensive rebounds at opportune times. The game was a microcosm of the season for Dennis Felton and his Dawgs: too much talent on the other end of the court and not enough in red and black – particularly in the paint.

It wasn't that way in Dominique Wilkins' day. He was in attendance for tonight's game. When asked about the current state of the basketball program at Georgia just before the game, Wilkins, one of the Bulldogs' all-time greats, told reporters: "We are struggling a little bit."

Georgia's current losing stretch (losing eight of their last nine games) is its longest stretch in the last five years. Not since Jim Harrick's first season in Athens has the program limped around in SEC play. But the human highlight film did praise the current Bulldogs.

"They try hard and that's all you can ask for," Wilkins said.

For the time being that is about all to expect from these Dawgs because they are up against something that is just too difficult to overcome: lack of talent in a league full of talented players and teams.


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