CHALK TALK: Georgia at LSU

With 3 straight wins and back even in the SEC at 6-6, the Tigers look to keep momentum rolling

CHALK TALK

Georgia at LSU, 7 p.m. Wednesday (SEC Network)

Radio: 98.1 FM. XM: Channel 200

 

LSU (16-10, 6-6 SEC)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.6 ppg, 3.9 apg, 56 steals)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 39-105 3pt. FG)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.1 ppg, 48-58 FT, 55 assists)

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 29 steals)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 82-104 FT)

Key reserves

F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

G Chris Bass (1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 45 assists)

Coach: Trent Johnson (65-59, 4th season; 224-180, 13th season)

 

Georgia (12-14, 3-9 SEC)

Projected starters

G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6-5, 200, Fr. (13.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

G Dustin Ware 5-11, 172, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 35-39 FT)

G Gerald Robinson 6-1, 180, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 3.7 apg, 79.8% FT)

F Donte’ Williams 6-9, 220, So. (7.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 37 blocks)

F Marcus Thornton 6-7, 235, So. (2.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Key reserves

F Nemanja Djurisic 6-8, 230, Fr. (6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

C John Florevus 6-11, 230, Jr. (1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 20 blocks)

G Vincent Williams 6-0, 160, Jr. (3.5 ppg, 13-38 3-pt. FG)

Coach: Mark Fox (47-43, 3rd season; 170-86, 8th season)

 

Up next

The Tigers head over to Oxford, Miss., to tangle with reeling Ole Miss at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

 

Of note

  • LSU leads the series 60-41after losing 73-53 last season. Despite that loss, the Tigers have won three of the last four games with the Bulldogs and six of the last eight. The last loss to Georgia in Baton Rouge was in 2003.
  • In 10 of the LSU’s last 11 games, it has scored between 64-71 points, with six of those between 67-69 points.
  • The 67-58 win at South Carolina on Saturday marked the 14th time this season the Tigers have held a foe under 60 points and they have won 13 of those games.
  • Anthony Hickey

    Hickey’s 7 assists at South Carolina matched his career-high and his 6 rebounds marked the third time this season he’s had at least that many in a game. He also came up with 3 steals, his 14th game with 3 or more.
  • O’Bryant has blocked 2 shots in four of the last six games and has 18 rejections for the season, 9 against SEC opponents.
  • Ralston Turner’s 3-for-4 day shooting behind the 3-point arc against the Gamecocks was his seventh game this season with three treys (one with 4). Three have come in SEC play: vs. Auburn, at Mississippi State and last Saturday. He’s 9-for-15 (60%) in those three SEC games, 5-for-24 (20.8%) in the nine others.
  • Justin Hamilton’s 8-for-8 day at the foul stripe against Carolina was his second this season and third time he has attempted eight free throws. He has made 19 straight foul shots to up his season percentage to 78.8% and in SEC play he’s hitting 82.6%.
  • Georgia is last in the SEC in scoring (61.3 ppg) and field-goal percentage (39.2%).
  • Either Robinson or Caldwell-Pope has led the Bulldogs in scoring the last six games and 23 of 26 games this season.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Caldwell-Pope has slumped the last two games, missing 19 of 25 floor shots on the way to only 16 total points. The only worse two-game stretch he’s had came against Kentucky and Auburn when he was 4-of-19 from the field and scored 13 points in two losses.
  • Williams blocked a career-best 5 shots in a loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday to help the Bulldogs swat an SEC season-best 6.
  • Georgia is 4-3 this season in games decided by four points or fewer 2-2 in SEC play and have won three overtime games, including two of its three league victories.  

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