PREVIEW: LSU vs. Georgia

The Tigers and Bulldogs will seek their first win in SEC play Saturday night in the PMAC. Get ready for the game with TSD's preview, including projected starting lineups.

LSU (11-3, 0-1) will look to get into the win column in conference play Saturday night in the Tigers’ SEC home opener versus Georgia (9-4, 0-1).

Mark Fox’s Bulldogs, a lot like the Tigers, are projected to finish in the upper half of the league but, also like LSU, dropped their first game in league play – a narrow 79-75 setback in Athens to No. 23 Arkansas.

The Bayou Bengals are trying to rebound from a head-shaking loss at Missouri Thursday night, making the quick turnaround for tonight’s contest.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., and ESPNU will have the live television broadcast.

Get ready for tonight’s game with projected starters and stats as well as quotes from LSU coach Johnny Jones on the Dawgs.


LSU (11-3, 0-1)

PG Josh Gray (Jr., 6-1, 183) – 9.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg
G Keith Hornsby (Jr., 6-4, 210) – 12.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 apg
F Jarell Martin (So., 6-10, 235) – 17.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 apg
F Jordan Mickey (So., 6-8, 235) –15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.5 bpg
F/C John Odo (Sr., 6-9, 236) – 1.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 bpg

Georgia (9-4, 0-1)

G Charles Mann (Jr., 6-5, 215) – 12.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.7 apg
G Kenny Gaines (Jr., 6-3, 200) – 11.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.4 spg
G Juwan Parker (So., 6-4, 200) – 6.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg
F Marcus Thornton (Sr., 6-8, 235) – 13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg
F Nemanja Djurisic (Sr., 6-8, 230) – 11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 45.5% FGs


“It’s a quick turnaround for us after the game at Missouri last night. It was a challenging game. Offensively, we certainly didn’t have the flow or execute at the level that we needed to. Even at the free throw line as consistent as we have been being in the top three in (the SEC) in free throw shooting. Going 13-of-23 from the line last night, it was not characteristic of the team. Then, on the defensive end, we weren’t as good as what we needed to be, especially trying to cover the three-point line. Going into the game, we were familiar with the danger there from the scouting report and did not do a great job after getting a lead against them there in the first half, as well in the second half.”
- Johnny Jones on bouncing back from Mizzou loss

“They are probably one of the most physical teams in our conference and will certainly present a great challenge for us (Saturday). We certainly need to be ready to be at our best and play much better than we performed last night.”
- Jones on Georgia

“Their size and their strength. They have a lot of veterans on their team. They are a team that won 20-plus games last year and probably should have been in the NCAA Tournament. When you talk about (Kenny) Gaines and (Charles) Mann and their post guys, they are solid and are very physical. They are a good, defensive basketball team. They are methodical in terms of executing offensively. They are going to take their shots. They’ll get into the shot clock if need be. Their guards are 6’4”-6’5”. They are big on the perimeter as well.”
- Jones on why UGA is difficult to defend

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