The college basketball regular season is entering the home stretch and wins will be harder than ever to come by in the coming weeks, but will teams make the most of their opportunities or see their tournament bids slip away? The LSU Tigers became just the latest team to have their bubble pop with a loss to Georgia where the Tigers looked passive and uninterested in the pivotal game. Coming into the game, the Tigers were considered to be one of the last teams in the tournament, but now the team’s future looks bleak after a bad loss on the road.
The Tigers lost 91-78 to a Georgia Bulldogs team that had a .500 record coming into the game. Jordan Mickey tried to will the Tigers to victory with 19 points and eight rebounds, but the team was unable to overcome a poor performance by the team’s leading scorer. Johnny O’Bryant III only scored nine points and went 4-for-11 from the field in the loss. Can the Tigers rebound from the team’s worst loss of the season?
The Tigers play in a top heavy conference and only have one landmark win on the season, so it is inevitable a bad loss such as this will hurt the Tigers with the selection committee. With the loss to Georgia, the Tigers must now either win on the road against the Florida Gators the last week of the regular season or win the SEC tournament to earn an NCAA tournament bid.
LSU is a talented team with several playmakers, but the team’s bad losses outweigh the one impressive win, which dooms the Tigers come March. The loss to Georgia will prove to be the tipping point in the Tigers’ season that has been filled with ups and downs.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.