**Note: filling in for Crabshire. Shouldn't take you long to figure out why he's the basketball writer.**
If there was a cartoon metaphor for this LSU basketball team, it would have to be Popeye. And Johnny O'Bryant is the spinach.
Georgia defeated the Tigers 91-78, dropping LSU to 5-4 in SEC play at the midseason mark and 14-7 overall.
JOB picked up two fouls in the game's first four minutes, and would have four with about 14 minutes left to play. He finished with just nine points and two rebounds. Without him, the Tigers were both outrebounded by seven and outscored in the paint 44-30.
Jordan Mickey and Andre Stringer finished with 19 points each, but couldn't overcome Georgia's hot shooting (56 percent from the field) and 46-22 free-throw advantage.
An 11-point run helped give Georgia a 12-point lead at the break. LSU managed to cut the lead to as little as three in the second half, but losing O'Bryant and Shavon Coleman (who also picked up his third and fourth fouls in the first six minutes post-halftime) to the bench stalled out the Tiger offense while the Bulldogs pulled away.
That makes four losses in six road games for Johnny Jones' young squad, with a quick turnaround to a home game with Auburn on Saturday in the PMAC at 2:25 p.m. I have no idea how this will affect any postseason aspirations, but it certainly can't be good.