LSU visits Stegeman Coliseum this evening to take on a Bulldog team still finding its way without injured star Yante Maten. Georgia (16-12, 7-8 SEC) is coming off a 60-55 win at Alabama in which J.J. Frazier dropped 28 points on the Tide. Frazier now ranks 5th in the SEC in scoring at 17.7 points per game.
LSU enters tonight’s action with a 9-14 record. That’s not that bad. The Tigers are 1-14 in SEC play. That’s, well, pretty sub-optimal. Sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney paces the Tigers with 17.8 points per game. But he leads a team that has lost 14 straight games. That’s hard to do in conference play, but here we are. 8 of LSU’s last 10 losses were by double digits (though they did hang within 7 before succumbing to Kentucky).
All of which is to say that this is one of those games that Mark Fox’s team has absolutely no business losing, but over the past couple of seasons has sometimes found a way to. There’s not a lot of upside to a win over a team this terrible, but there’s a whole lot of downside to stubbing your toe this late in the season. Let’s hold our collective breath and see what happens shall we?
Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. on SEC Network.