LSU vs Georgia preview: Bulldogs look to get back on track against Tigers

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Mark Fox and the Bulldogs look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host LSU at Stegeman Coliseum Thursday night.

Georgia looks to snap a three-game losing streak when they host LSU Thursday night in a nationally televised contest on ESPN2.

Since beginning conference play 4-1, the Bulldogs have dropped three straight to Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Auburn. Two of the three losses came on the road where Georgia has struggled this season but they are going to have to resurrect their offense if they are to get back on track.

The Bulldogs shot just 27 percent in a five point loss to Vanderbilt last week. They started slow in Auburn on Saturday before finishing strong to up their shooting percentage to 42 percent. They have continued to crash the glass well but at some point must put the ball in the basket to give themselves a chance.

Kenny Gaines returned from a thigh bruise that sidelined him for two games against Auburn but struggled finishing with nine points on 2-10 shooting. With several days of practice under his belt the Bulldogs need him to get back to normal. Charles Mann snapped out of a recent funk finishing with 20 points against Vanderbilt and 18 against Auburn but Georgia desperately needs a threat from elsewhere just to keep opposing defenses honest.

LSU comes into Thursday's game 14-6 overall and 5-3 in SEC play. They have won four of their last five including an 87-82 win over then No. 11 Kentucky. They knocked off Arkansas 88-74 on Saturday behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from 6-8 freshman forward Jordan Mickey. Johnny O'Bryant leads the Tigers in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (7.5) but Mickey has provided him a much needed running mate.

Thursday's game is the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season. They split two matchups last season with Georgia winning 67-58 in Athens and LSU scoring a 68-63 win at the SEC Tournament in Nashville

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.

Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Bulldog Radio Network

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