ATLANTA -- It was only a few weeks ago when Rashad Wright hit a late jumper to lead Georgia over LSU 55-54. Now Georgia will face LSU in a rematch Friday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. And the Tigers have not forgotten Georgia's great escape from Baton Rouge.
LSU was a 69-62 winner Thursday. The Tigers did a superb job of defending Vanderbilt's perimeter game. LSU forced 22 Vanderbilt turnovers and the Tigers held Vanderbilt to only seven assists all day.
"They deserve anything good that is said about them," said LSU Head Coach John Brady of his team.
However, the day was not all good for LSU. The Tiger's star player, Ronald Dupree was held to only seven points. Even tough Vanderbilt was successful at slowing Dupree down he was not discouraged.
"I'll take a win any day."
The story of the day for LSU was Antonio Hudson's career high 24 points. Hudson explained that his coach focused the team during halftime.
"Coach Brady told us at halftime to stick with the game plan and it worked. We played hard and things just started going for us."
When asked about redemption for Georgia's win earlier in the season at Baton Rouge Dupree answered, "Defiantly. We were hoping that we would get a chance to play them (Georgia) again. I am looking forward to this game. I am going to be a lot more focused for this game."
Brady was more cautious with his words about Georgia.
"Georgia is a good team, they were good a year ago, but now with the addition of one player they are outstanding."
Brady went on to add that he was a bit puzzled as to why Jim Harrick was not voted SEC coach of the year.
"Jim Harrick was my vote coach of the year. I have a lot of respect for him (Harrick)."
Brady went on to add that he, his staff, and his team realize that they are going to be underdogs when they matchup with Georgia on Friday. LSU was also an underdog to Georgia in last season's SEC tournament but beat Georgia in the first round.
"We are going to be an underdog. We know that the odds are against us, but I like this team I am coaching. We are going to make them beat us; we are not going to beat ourselves. We will watch tape tonight and we'll have a plan and tomorrow we'll go out there and get after it."