BATON ROUGE - With a three-game winning streak including the team's first SEC road victory on Saturday at South Carolina, the LSU men's basketball team hopes to continue its late-season rush by hosting the University of Georgia Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Tip time is 7 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally by the SEC Network. In Louisiana the game will be seen on the following stations: Alexandria - KWCE; Baton Rouge - WBXH; Lafayette - KLAF; New Orleans - WUPL; Shreveport - KSHV. The game will also be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (New Country 100.7 FM The Tiger in Baton Rouge).
The first 5,000 fans will receive the LSU men's basketball trading card set for 2012. Tickets are available online at LSUtix.net, through the day Wednesday at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center.
It is Faculty-Staff Night and members of LSU's Faculty and Staff can purchase tickets for $1 for the game, while those attending the afternoon baseball game between LSU and McNeese and show their ticket at the ticket window on Wednesday night and receive tickets for the game for $1. Also this is the first of several designated events where bowlers in town for the USBC Open can show their membership card and buy up to four tickets for $5 each.
LSU is now 16-10 on the year and has come from 2-5 to 6-6 in the Southeastern Conference with wins in four-of-the-last-five games that has them starting the week in a tie for fourth place. Georgia is 3-9 in the league and 12-14 overall after losses last week at South Carolina (57-56) and at home against Vanderbilt (61-52). But Georgia's last win three games ago was huge, upsetting Mississippi State in overtime in Starkville, 70-68.
Anthony Hickey, Andre Stringer and Ralston Turner are expected to start at the guards with Justin Hamilton at center and either Storm Warren or Johnny O'Bryant III at forward. Hamilton had 18 points against South Carolina, while Warren moved into the starting lineup and had 12 points.
Georgia is led by Gerald Robinson, who averaged 14.1 points per game while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope comes in averaging 13.9 points a game.
"Georgia, I'm not so sure there's anybody in our league with probably the exception of maybe Kentucky, that has played as tough of schedule as they have," LSU Coach Trent Johnson said. "When you look at their non-conference schedule, my goodness - Cal, Cincinnati, beat Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, good UAB team at home ... They're young, they're talented, they're skilled. Probably more importantly, they're playing extremely hard ... Again, for us, we need to make sure we have our 'A' game."
LSU travels Saturday to Oxford to take on Ole Miss before returning home Feb. 29 for the final home game of the 2012 season against Tennessee.
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