Date: February 6, 2014
Tip-off Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV Channel: ESPN2, ESPN3 (Online)
The Georgia Bulldogs are in desperate need of a win as they host the LSU Tigers (14-6, 5-3) on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Mark Fox’s club has lost three straight games as they return home to Athens, and in their last time on the court, they suffered yet another ugly defeat at the hands of a less-than-stellar Auburn team.
Offense has been the chief issue for the Dawgs this season, and that has manifested itself over the three-game losing skid. At the time of this post, Georgia ranks outside of the top-150 nationally in offensive efficiency (104.8 points per 100 possessions) and a woeful 235th in the country in scoring average at less than 70 points per game. Unfortunately, this is a very difficult match-up for UGA, especially on that side of the floor.
LSU’s advanced metrics are very strong this season despite their relatively low profile, and the Tigers are allowing only 96.6 points per 100 on the defensive end. The shots will need to fall with regularity for the Dawgs to have a prayer here (even in their own building), and any type of ball movement would be encouraging for the team who ranks 336th (!!!) in the country in assists right now.
The “experts” in Las Vegas have installed Georgia as a 2.5-point underdog in the game (and KenPom projects a 2-point loss), which is a bit of a slap in the face given the home-court advantage in conference play. LSU isn’t exactly a juggernaut, but they’ve been a significantly better team than UGA this season, and any breakthrough would be an encouraging one at this stage.
Stay tuned for updates as they arise.