UGA-LSU: 1 game, 3 storylines

Three storylines for tonight’s Georgia-LSU basketball game in Athens:

1. Standings and seedings.

A Georgia win would send the Bulldogs into the final weekend of the regular season in a three-way tie with Kentucky and Vanderbilt for second place in the SEC East. Kentucky’s win over Vandy last night made both of those teams 9-6 in the league, and Georgia takes an 8-6 record into tonight’s game.

However, for SEC tournament seeding purposes, Georgia would lose tiebreakers to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. (First tiebreaker is record vs. tied team(s); second is divisional record.) So to get the No. 2 East seed and first-round bye, Georgia would need to finish ahead of — not tied with — those teams in the standings. For that to happen, Georgia would need to beat LSU and Alabama (Saturday in Tuscaloosa), while Kentucky would need to lose at Tennessee (Sunday) and Vanderbilt would need to lose at home to Florida (Saturday).

And, hey, here’s another possibility in the jumbled East: Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Tennessee (the Vols are currently 7-7) could finish in a four-way tie for second place with 9-7 records. In that case, Georgia would be the No. 5 East seed.

Got all that?

2. Stegeman Coliseum farewells.

AJC photo by Curtis Compton

AJC photo by Curtis Compton

This is the final home game for Georgia seniors Jeremy Price and Chris Barnes, who will be honored in a pregame Senior Night cerermony. (Well, it will be their last game at Stegeman unless Georgia drops into the NIT and plays a home game. But let’s not go there today.) Price and Barnes have been through a lot in their UGA careers, but both have persevered and are going out on a high note.

“It’s going to be special for us,” Price said of tonight’s game.

“It’s going to be a very emotional time,” Barnes said.

Tonight also could prove to be the final home game for Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, juniors who could head to the NBA after this season.

“I wouldn’t say that,” Leslie said Tuesday. “Whatever I’ve got planned for the future, that’s up to me and my family. So we’ll decide that whenever.”

Thompkins wasn’t available to reporters Tuesday because he was getting treatment for what coach Mark Fox called “a minor thing on his foot.”  Said Fox: “He’ll be fine.” And for the record, as you’d imagine, Fox said the players won’t address the NBA issue until after the season.

Mark Bradley assesses the NBA stock of Thompkins and Leslie here.

3. Friendly competition.

Fox will be coaching against his close friend and former boss, LSU’s Trent Johnson.

They were assistants at Washington in the early 1990s, when Johnson introduced Fox to his wife Cindy. Fox later was Johnson’s top assistant at Nevada and became head coach there when Johnson left for Stanford.

“Like I told my team, I don’t think I’m anywhere professionally without him,” Fox said Monday.

“As close a friend as I have,” he added Tuesday.

Fox and Johnson coached against each other for the first time last season -– LSU won 50-48 -– but they had competed against one another many times before.

“Twenty years ago, we would go play pick-up basketball and always end up on different teams because we were the two biggest guys,” Fox said. “So we had to guard each other. He’s Boise State’s all-time leader in fouls, so you know what that probably meant to go against him.”

— Tim Tucker, AJC

40 comments Add your comment

TopDAWG

March 2nd, 2011
11:25 am

Won’t do the dirty deed. Ready for a strong finish!

coachx

March 2nd, 2011
11:26 am

Great article Tim.

Love the ending tip-bit on Fox and Johnson playing 1 with Fox’s jab on Johnson being Boise St’s alltime fouls leader. LOL

Good stuff.

Go DAWGS !

Beast from the East

March 2nd, 2011
11:28 am

Take care of business the next two games, Dawgs. Then, you’ll have to root for my Gators on Saturday in Nashville.
Best of luck!

Party at the Moontower

March 2nd, 2011
11:32 am

Will there be any current or former Georgia Tech athletes in Athens tonight around 10pm??

I will not feel safe on the road with those alcoholic thugs driving around…….

Tim Tucker

March 2nd, 2011
11:39 am

coachx: Thanks!

Buckeye

March 2nd, 2011
11:43 am

Howard ( before I was Trey),

How about 20 points, 10 Boards, 3 Blocks, 3 Assists tonight?

You’ve got that game in you and it’s just waiting to come out.

Rooting for you, Howard ( before I was Trey) and so is Tanner, Eric and all the Wolves family!

Buckeye

Spike

March 2nd, 2011
11:46 am

Come on dawgs, finish strong!!

Finley Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

What are the odds of both Trey and Travis coming back for their senior year?

UGASlobberknocker

March 2nd, 2011
11:56 am

Gotta have this one and I want that one Sat..in Tuscaloosa. We usually get beat over there..I found the the tidbit below on the Birmingham News online sports page in an article about last night’s AL/FL game.

From Bhm News:

“Alabama must defeat Georgia at 12:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum, where it is 15-0 this season….
Don’t be shocked if it happens. Georgia is decent, but Alabama has been unbeatable at home.”

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
11:59 am

to the trolls:

Here is the beginning of a list of often used UGA stereotypical comments that you can reference to save you from typing the same thing day after day.

Feel free to add to the list.

Remember, just reference a number from now on.

Saves time and energy.

Enjoy!

1. Fulmer Cup
2. Thugs
3. Trailer park
4. Red panties
5. Drunk AD
6. jim Harrick
7. Tony Cole
8. Central Florida
9. Arrests
10. 2-8 versus Florida
11. No national title since 1980
12. Herschel’s Trans am
13. Herschel’s multiple personalities
14. 6-7
15. We hit and run this state

UGASlobberknocker

March 2nd, 2011
12:01 pm

When I heard about a state athlete getting a DUI, I knew he must be from Tech. If it was one of our guys he’d have been on a scooter.

Beast from the East

March 2nd, 2011
12:03 pm

DawginLex,
LOL! You could make a list like that for almost any school.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm

Beast i did it for the bammers, the barners and the GA southern idiot over on the Tech blog.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 2nd, 2011
12:09 pm

Where was that picture of that arena taken? Looks nice.

UGASlobberknocker

March 2nd, 2011
12:10 pm

Is this correct? Assuming Tenn finishes no better than 8-8..Won’t the Dogs be the 4 seed regardless of whether their record is 10-6 or 9-7?.

If so, that means Dogs will play Bama again next week in the 2nd round (assuming Rd 1 win).

jp

March 2nd, 2011
12:19 pm

I actually think we have a good shot at winning 21 games and beating bama this weekend. Bama’s got a couple of players but if we bring our A game than we can beat em. I really think Kentucky and Vandy will both lose. Tenn will beat UK at home, they’re fighting for their tournament lives. Vandy has to play Florida at home but Florida is a tough game right now will all their upper classmen.

Buckeye

March 2nd, 2011
12:24 pm

DawginLex,

Please fill me in on #7. Not familiar with that one. Thanks.

Buckeye

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
12:26 pm

Tony Cole is a former basketball player who got into trouble with the law. He was part of the Harrick fiasco

BuckheadBill

March 2nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Thanks for what you 2 guys have done for GA. BB. Jeremy and Chris. Good players, good people and you will be missed by all Ga. BB fans. Good luck in your future and “Go Dawgs”.

Beast from the East

March 2nd, 2011
12:28 pm

jp,
Vandy is a tough place to play. That court has one weird set-up. Tough for the coaches to communicate while the games being played.

Top Row Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Convicted felon, Tony Cole.

VA DAWG

March 2nd, 2011
12:43 pm

UGA will probably have the same schedule next week as they do this week…LSU, then BAMA. Hopefully the record will be 4-0 in that span. GO DAWGS!

Dawg in Malta

March 2nd, 2011
12:48 pm

After a tough football season, it’s been a pleasant basketball season from afar. Being 6 hours ahead of Athens (8pm in Athens is 2am in Malta) it’s nice to come home the following day and watch a good UGA basketball game on ESPN3. Thanks Coach Fox for turning the program around and putting a quality team on the floor! Tonight’s win and a win Saturday against bama will be nice but let’s get on a roll and advance well into the SEC & NCAA tournament!!
GO DAWGS!!

Coach Grohbo

March 2nd, 2011
1:05 pm

Here are a few more:

16. Townies and Hippies, Fratboys and Punks
17. Shula with a Butt Cut
18. Campus Vandals
19. Bad Music
20. Sluts and Sorostitutes
21. Jan Kemp
22. Turning Garbagemen into Postmen since 1785
23. Join the Goff Team
24. Air Georgia
25. I’m Georgia, Are You?
26. Glen Mason
27. Quinthy
28. Sanks did fumble
29. Waited 55 years
30. Cool Breeze Kevin Ramsey
31. Leeburn’s Fists Of Fury
32. Field Goal Jesus
33. Directional Kick U.
34. How many halves in a basketball game?
35. eBay’s Rings
36. AJ’s Jersey
37. Banned from Valdosta
38. West Virginia
39. Black jerseys
40, Black pants
41. Black helmets
42. Georgia’s F’n Funeral
43. Five innings from a championship to worst in the nation
44. The choke sign
45. 45-42
46. The Cherishinski
47. The Butt Smear
48. Thuga
49. Ugas – Inbred and Dead
50. Finish getting drilled

Hey I kinda like this game!

hammerhead

March 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

*gdawginkalamazoo* – the picture of Stegeman was taken from the Carlton Street side of the facility. And, I agree, it looks great!

Too Easy

March 2nd, 2011
1:51 pm

Grob-Ho: Glad you enjoy, but your obsession and knowledge of UGA is a little creepy.

LawDawg

March 2nd, 2011
2:05 pm

Coach Grohbo,

We could have a 10 page game with 500 + disparaging comments on that crap hole in Ghetto land.

LawDawg

March 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

470 SAT = Antonio McKay, GT

tootrue

March 2nd, 2011
3:23 pm

Travis, Trey come back for your Senior year, I think this team could do something special again next year

Geaux Tigers!!

March 2nd, 2011
3:46 pm

Good article. LSU is terrible this year. Should be an easy win for UGA. Good luck.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 2nd, 2011
3:56 pm

SI listed 4 arrest on GT’s team last season. This an unacceptable lie, and a sacrilege. GT is just too good, classy, and sacred to even have one arrest. Burn SI. GT fans, its time to complain about SI.

mcdawg

March 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Sanks did NOT fumble

but the following year Joey Hamilton did indeed fumble

mcdawg

March 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm

no messing around tonight -blow out and get ready for Bama

BG

March 2nd, 2011
4:42 pm

9 out of 10!! I know that stings!!!!!!!!!!!!

BG

March 2nd, 2011
4:43 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cuz

March 2nd, 2011
5:16 pm

All the Stege needed was a glass face. Took an ugly building and turned it into a work of art. Prior to the facelift it would have been like a Kardashian without makeup.

Bawbie

March 2nd, 2011
5:52 pm

fire Dave Perno !

@coach grohbo

March 2nd, 2011
6:55 pm

why don’t you list the scores of techs 14 victories since 1957? How does it feel to be your most hated rivals bitch for 5.5 decades?

2 N 10

March 2nd, 2011
10:02 pm

Were in the dance…

Upstate Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
11:58 pm

It was an ugly first half but a very enjoyable conclusion tonight…Beat Bama!