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Opening Tip: LSU at South Carolina

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game.

General Info

  • What: LSU (15-8, 8-2 SEC) at South Carolina (20-3, 7-3 SEC)
  • When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
  • Streaking: LSU (W2), South Carolina (W1)
  • All-time series: Series tied 15-15
  • Last meeting: LSU 64, South Carolina 58 (Jan. 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday at noon (CBS)

Starting Five

  • STREAKING TIGERS: Going into tonight’s game, LSU currently has the longest winning streak in SEC play with four victories in a row. The Tigers sandwiched wins over Alabama and Georgia and Auburn and Mississippi State around its loss to No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
  • HEATING UP: LSU freshman guard Antonio Blakeney has gone 24-of-42 (57.1 percent) from the field in the last five games. Blakeney, who’s averaging 10.5 points a game after going for 31 points last Saturday vs. Mississippi State, He was 16-of-41 (39.0 percent) in the previous six games.
  • ROAD SUCCESS: LSU is 9-4 in its last 13 SEC road games dating back to last season. The Tigers dropped their 2015 conference opener at Missouri, then went 6-2 rest of the way before starting this season 3-2. LSU is one of only two teams to have a winning road record so far; Texas A&M is also 3-2.
  • ROAD WOES: All four road teams in SEC play on Tuesday night lost, pushing the mark of the league’s 14 teams away from home to 19-55 for the season. LSU (at South Carolina), Texas A&M (at Alabama) and Missouri (at Vanderbilt) will try to buck the season-long trend Wednesday night.
  • SHARNG THE BALL: LSU has won 30 consecutive games when it has recorded at least 25 assists, as it did in on 32 made baskets Saturday against Mississippi State. The last time the Tigers had at least 25 assists and did not win was back on Nov. 30, 1988 against Oral Roberts.

Know Your Opponent

  • After a 15-0 start, which included a 2-0 mark in SEC play, South Carolina has cooled off a little bit. The Gamecocks have gone 5-3 since their solid start, but they are coming off an 81-78 road win Saturday over then-No. 8 Texas A&M. South Carolina is 12-0 overall this season in Colonial Life Arena with a 4-0 record in the conference. Under fourth-year coach Frank Martin, the Gamecocks have already won three more games (20) than they did a year ago. Martin has a veteran squad with three seniors and two juniors among his top seven players. South Carolina has four players scoring in double figures for the season — forward Michael Carrera (14.1), guard Sindarius Thornwell (12.7), guard Duane Notice (10.9) and forward Mindaugas Kacinas (10.5). Carrera also leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game for the SEC’s top rebounding team with 42.0 per game. Thornwell is coming off a 25-point, nine-assist performance in the upset of Texas A&M. South Carolina rebounded from a poor 31.6 percent shooting night in a loss to Georgia to shoot 52.6 percent from the field against A&M.

The Lineups

LSU (15-8, 8-2 SEC)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 11.5 ppg, 3.6 apg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.1 ppg, 1.9 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.4 ppg, 12.3 rpg
  • F Craig Victor, 6-9, So., 12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 6.3 ppg, 2.2 apg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 4.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg

South Carolina (20-13, 7-3 SEC)

Probable starters

  • G Sindarius Thornwell, 6-5, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 3.6 apg
  • G PJ Dozier, 6-6, Fr., 7.3 ppg, 2.0 apg
  • F Michael Carrera, Sr., 14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg
  • F Mindaugas Kacinas, 6-7, Sr., 10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
  • F Chris Silva, 6-9, Fr., 5.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Top reserves

  • F Laimonas Chatkevicius, 6-11, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
  • G Duane Notice, 6-2, Jr., 10.9 ppg, 2.3 apg
  • G Jamall Gregory, 6-2, Fr., 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg

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LSU forward Simmons wins Freshman of Week honor from USBWA

LSU forward Ben Simmons was named Tuesday as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Simmons, who averaged 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in wins over Auburn and Mississippi State, was selected by CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander in partnership with the USBWA.

Norlander wrote: “(Simmons) leads all freshmen in points, rebounds and player efficiency rating. He’s also becoming a better mid-range shooter. Simmons, who still gets plenty of his points at the rim, is starting to make defenses respect his 16-footer.”

On Monday, Simmons was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season.

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LSU’s Simmons named SEC Freshman of the Week for fourth time

LSU forward Ben Simmons was named Monday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in blowout wins over Auburn and Mississippi State last week. He also shot 61.5 percent from the field (16-of-26).

Simmons recorded his third 20-point, 10-rebound, five-assist game of the season at Auburn last Tuesday night, which was good for his league-leading 16th double-double of the season.

Simmons, who was named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 7, also earned the conference’s freshman of the week honor on Nov. 23, Jan. 4 and Jan. 18.

Simmons’ teammate, guard Antonio Blakeney, shared the SEC Freshman of the Week honor with Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere on Nov. 16.

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LSU men now on ESPN.com, CBSSports.com brackets

With wins over Auburn and Mississippi State last week, which helped move them into first place in the Southeastern Conference trace, LSU is now on the NCAA tournament bracket of ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi and CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm.

Lunardi, who’s had LSU (15-8, 8-2 SEC) on his bracket for the past three weeks, kept the Tigers as the No. 10 seed in the St. Louis regional in his bracket that was updated Monday morning.

Only this week, Lunardi has LSU going against No. 7 seed Wichita State. A week ago, he had the Tigers in the No. 10 spot meeting Utah and the week before had them in a First Four play-in game with Cincinnati to get in the bracket as a No. 11 seed.

Palm put LSU in the South regional as well Monday, but has it as a No. 12 seed playing fifth-seeded Southern Cal in Denver.

Palm didn’t seem thrilled about putting LSU on his bracket for the first time this season, citing an official NCAA RPI of 76, and included the Tigers only because they lead the conference race.

“This bracket also has an unusual feature for a bracket projection — a bid stealer,” Palm wrote. “LSU is in the bracket as the leader of the SEC, but the Tigers have a borderline at-large profile at best.

“Other than a home win over Kentucky, there wouldn’t be anything to talk about. But, LSU has a one-game lead in the conference race so there they are.”

Both Lunardi and Palm have five SEC teams in the NCAA tournament: LSU, Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida.

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Opening Tip: Mississippi State at LSU

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game.

General Info

  • What: Mississippi State (9-12, 2-7 SEC) at LSU (14-8, 7-2 SEC)
  • When: 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • Streaking: Mississippi State (L1), LSU (W1)
  • All-time series: LSU leads 108-98
  • Last meeting: Mississippi State 73, LSU 67 (Jan. 31, 2015 at Starkville, Miss.)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will visit South Carolina on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Starting Five

  • NINE DOWN, NINE TO GO: LSU begins the second half of its league schedule today with a 7-2 record in conference play. It’s the best nine-game start in SEC play for the Tigers since Trent Johnson’s 2008-09 team started 8-1 and went on to win the regular-season title.
  • JONES GETS NO. 75: Tuesday’s 80-68 win for LSU at Auburn was coach Johnny Jones’ 75th victory — the most for any Tigers coach in his first four years — with at least 11 games remaining this season. Johnson won 67, John Brady 62 and Press Maravich 52. Dale Brown won 48.
  • 50 PERCENT WORKS: After shooting 56.7 percent from the field against Auburn, LSU is 7-1 this season and 27-2 in Jones’ four seasons when his team hits at least half of their field-goal attempts. Their only setback this season while shooting 50 percent was at Houston (50.0 percent).
  • SEC LEADERS: The Tigers lead the SEC in field-goal accuracy in hitting 47.4 percent (637-of-1,343) through 22 games after shooting 45.5 percent last season. LSU is a shade ahead of Kentucky at 47.2 percent and the Tigers also lead in conference games only at 46.9 percent.
  • HOME SWEET HOME: Entering the second half of league play, five teams are undefeated in SEC play at home. At 4-0, LSU is one of them. Florida leads the way at 5-0 with Texas A&M, Kentucky and South Carolina matching LSU’s 4-0 mark. Home teams are a combined 45-18 this season.

Know Your Opponent

  • Mississippi State, which is under the direction of veteran coach Ben Howland, struggled coming out of the gate in league play with five setbacks in a row. The Bulldogs have fared a little better recently in taking two of their last four games — defeating instate rival Ole Miss (83-77) and going on the road to trip up Missouri (76-62). Howland puts out a veteran lineup with four seniors and a junior among his top eight players. The problem Howland faces is not uncommon among coaches in their first season at a school: a lack of quality depth. State does have five players averaging in double digits with 6-foot-9 senior forward Gavin Ware leading the group with 16.3 points a game. Four guards — freshman Malik Newman (13.2), senior Craig Sword (12.5), freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon (10.7) and junior I.J. Ready (10.1) — join Ware in double figures for the season. Ware is also the Bulldogs’ rebounding leader with 7.3 per game even though they rank last in the league with just 34.1 a game.

The Lineups

Mississippi State (9-12, 2-7 SEC)

Probable starters

  • G I.J. Ready, 5-11, Jr., 10.1 ppg, 4.3 apg
  • G Craig Sword, 6-3, Sr., 12.5 ppg, 3.0 apg
  • G Malik Newman, 6-3, Fr., 13.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
  • F Travis Daniels, 6-7, Sr., 6.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg
  • F Gavin Ware, 6-9, Sr., 16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Quinndary Weatherspoon, 6-4, Fr., 10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
  • G Fred Thomas, 6-5, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
  • F Aric Holman, 6-10, Fr., 1.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

LSU (14-8, 7-2 SEC)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 11.7 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.4 ppg, 2.0 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 12.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg
  • F Craig Victor, 6-9, So., 13.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 2.1 apg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg

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LSU moves into first-place tie with A&M in SEC race

As the Southeastern Conference reached the halfway point of its men’s basketball schedule on Thursday night, the two teams picked to finish third and fourth back in October are tied for the top spot.

When No. 8 Texas A&M went on the road and dropped a 77-60 decision to Vanderbilt, LSU, which ripped Auburn 80-68 Tuesday night, jumped into a tie for first place with the Aggies.

Texas A&M and LSU are both 7-2, a game ahead of Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina. Those three teams are 6-3 going into the start of the second half of the 18-game conference slate on Saturday.

During a media availability earlier Thursday afternoon, LSU coach Johnny Jones said he was pleased at being a half-game off the lead.

“We know how tough a conference it is,” he said. “We’re sitting here 7-2 right now, knowing the caliber of teams we had to play against — the No. 1 and No. 2 picked teams in the conference in the first two games. I’d say we’ve been playing pretty well.”

Kentucky was picked to win the regular-season title with Vanderbilt coming in second. Texas A&M was tabbed to finish third and LSU fourth by a media panel.

LSU, which is 14-8 overall, will start the second half of its SEC schedule with a 5 p.m. Saturday game against Mississippi State (9-12, 2-7 SEC) in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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Opening Tip: LSU at Auburn

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game.

General Info

  • What: LSU (13-8, 6-2 SEC) at Auburn (9-11, 3-5 SEC)
  • When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Ala.
  • Streaking: LSU (L1), Auburn (L3)
  • All-time series: LSU leads 84-66
  • Last meeting: Auburn 73, LSU 70 (March 13, 2015, SEC tournament, Nashville, Tenn.)
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host Mississippi State on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Starting Five

  • LIGHTING IT UP: LSU guard Tim Quarterman was 5-of-5 on 3-pointers in Saturday’s two-point setback to No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The five made shots from beyond the arc was a season-high for Quarterman, who was just one shy of the career-high six he had against Georgia in 2015.
  • PAINT POINTS BIG: LSU dropped to 9-2 this season when it outscores its opponent in the paint after outscoring Oklahoma 24-14 on Saturday. The only other time the Tigers failed to win when outscoring its opponent in the paint was in a 77-71 setback against Wake Forest on Dec. 29.
  • MISSING THE MARK: Auburn shot a dreary 29.0 percent from the field in a 73-64 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge despite leading 31-24 at halftime. The Tigers, who were 18-of-62 for the game, missed all 12 of their shots from 3-point range in the second half.
  • BEWARE OF BOWERS: In three outings against LSU last season, 6-foot-7 Auburn forward Cinmeon Bowers averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Bowers should return for tonight’s contestafter being suspended for disciplinary reasons by coach Bruce Pearl for the Oklahoma State game.
  • A LITTLE REVENGE: Auburn and LSU split their two regular-season matchups last season with each team winning on the other’s home floor with LSU crushing Auburn 84-61 after Auburn won in the PMAC 81-77. Auburn won a third game in the SEC tournament quarterfinals 73-70.

Know Your Opponent

  • Auburn, which is in its second season under coach Bruce Pearl, has had to deal with the loss of two top guards this season. After a 1-3 start in league play, Auburn notched back-to-back victories over Kentucky and Alabama before falling to Florida and Ole Miss. Auburn ranks 10th in scoring at 74.4 points a game and 14th in the league in scoring defense in allowing 78.1 points per outing. Pearl’s team is also near the bottom of the SEC in rebounds with just 36.4 per game, while allowing 40.0 per game despite the presence of the fourth- and fifth-leading rebounders in 6-7 forward Cinmeon Bowers (9.1) and 6-10 forward Tyler Harris (8.3). Auburn has been outrebounded by a margin of 7.6 per game in its eight conference games. Guard Kareem Canty has stepped in and been a catalyst for Pearl with 18.5 points and 5.3 assists per game. Canty had 21 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. But Auburn’s offense has had trouble finding the bucket and is shooting just 39.4 percent since league play began.

The Lineups

LSU (13-8, 6-2 SEC)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 11.9 ppg, 3.6 apg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.3 ppg, 2.0 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 12.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg
  • F Craig Victor, 6-9, So., 13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 6.5 ppg, 2.2 apg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 4.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg

Auburn (9-11, 3-5 SEC)

Probable starters

  • G Kareem Canty, 6-1, Jr., 18.5 ppg, 5.3 apg
  • G TJ Lang, 6-7, So., 6.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg
  • F Jordon Granger, 6-8, Sr., 4.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg
  • F Cinmeon Bowers, 6-7, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg
  • F Tyler Harris, 6-10, Sr., 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Bryce Brown, 6-3, Fr., 8.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg
  • F Horace Spencer, 6-9, Fr., 4.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg
  • G/F Devin Waddell, 6-5, Jr., 0.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg

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ESPN’s Lunardi now has LSU as No. 10 seed on NCAA bracket

After beating Georgia and dropping a two-point decision to No. 1 Oklahoma, LSU moved up a little this week in the eyes of ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

In his updated NCAA tournament bracket posted Monday, Lunardi now has LSU (13-8, 6-2 SEC) as the No. 10 seed facing No. 7 seed Utah in the South regional at Raleigh, North Carolina.

On the other hand, CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm does not have the Tigers on his radar and doesn’t have them among his first four teams out of the mix.

Lunardi lists LSU as getting one of the last four byes, which means he has the Tigers on his bracket after having them in a First Four play-in game a week ago. He had LSU playing Cincinnati for the No. 11 seed in the East.

Lunardi’s new bracket includes five SEC teams. In addition to LSU, he has Texas A&M as a two seed, Kentucky (No. 5), Florida (No. 8) and South Carolina (No. 9).

LSU will play at Auburn on Tuesday night and return home to face Mississippi State on Saturday.

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Opening Tip: No. 1 Oklahoma at LSU

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game.

General Info

  • What: Oklahoma (17-2, 6-2 Big 12) at LSU (13-7, 6-2 SEC)
  • When: 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • Streaking: Oklahoma (W2), LSU (W2)
  • All-time series: Series tied 2-2
  • Last meeting: Oklahoma 70, LSU 61 (March 17, 2004 in Norman, Okla.)
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will visit Auburn on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (SEC Network)

Starting Five

  • WELCOME TO B.R.: While LSU and Oklahoma have played four times in basketball, with each winning twice, today’s game will be their first meeting in Baton Rouge. They’ve played in New York (1970 NIT), Oklahoma City (1987), New Orleans (1988), and Norman, Oklahoma (2004 NIT).
  • THE PISTOL PETE SHOW: In the teams’ first matchup in the 1970 NIT, Pete Maravich led the Tigers to a 97-94 win in Madison Square Garden in what would be his second-to-last game in a Tigers’ uniform. Maravich poured in 37 points and flirted with a triple-double with eight and nine assists.
  • CHALLENGE MET: LSU defeated No. 16 West Virginia 74-73 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge last season in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Tigers were down 14 points early in the second half (52-38), but rallied and scored an upset on Josh Gray’s driving layup with 7.4 seconds to play.
  • BLANKED AGAIN: LSU hasn’t blocked a shot in its last three games and has gone 121½ minutes of clock time without one. The last came with 1:29 left against Arkansas on Jan. 16 when Craig Victor, who had three in that game, swatted away a field-goal attempt by guard Jabril Durham.
  • BACK TO THE SEC: LSU will resume SEC play Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game at Auburn. The contest marks the start of a 10-game league stretch that will close out the regular season. LSU split two regular-season games with Auburn last season, then fell to Auburn again in the SEC tournament.

Know Your Opponent

  • Oklahoma, which was ranked eighth in the AP preseason poll, hovered around the bottom of the top 10 before rocketing to third on Dec. 14 and the Sooners haven’t fallen below that — rising to the top spot for the first time on Jan. 18. They hung on last week (they’re No. 2 in the coaches poll) despite suffering their second loss of the season at Iowa State (82-77) a few hours after taking the AP’s top spot. Oklahoma comes to the PMAC with a high-powered offense led by guards Buddy Hield, Jordan Woodard and Isaiah Cousins. Hield, of course, is a preseason All-American who ranks second in the nation with 25.9 points per game. He shoots 53.0 percent from the field, 52.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 90.3 percent from the free-throw line. Amazingly, he’s only the second-best 3-point shooter on the team and in the nation behind Woodard, who buries 54.4 percent of his shots from 3-point range. With a combined 8.4 assists per game, Woodard and Cousins are the facilitators for Hield and big men Ryan Spangler and Khadeem Lattin. OU is fourth in the nation in scoring at 85.8 points a game and leads the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage at 46.7 percent. It also ranks fifth in the NCAA in 3-pointers made with 11.2 per game. The Sooners are led by veteran coach Lon Kruger, who has a career mark of 578-355 and has taken five schools to the NCAA tournament in 30 seasons as a head coach.

The Lineups

Oklahoma (17-2, 6-2 Big 12)

Probable starters

  • G Jordan Woodard, 6-0, Jr., 14.9 ppg, 3.9 apg
  • G Isaiah Cousins, 6-4, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 4.5 apg
  • G Buddy Hield, 6-4, Sr., 25.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg
  • F Ryan Spangler, 6-8, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg
  • F Khadeem Lattin, 6-9, So., 6.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Dinjiyl Walker, 6-1, Sr., 4.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
  • F Dante Buford, 6-7, Fr., 3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
  • C Akolda Manyang, 7-0, Jr., 2.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg

LSU (13-7, 6-2 SEC)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 3.6 apg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.5 ppg, 2.0 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 13.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.8 ppg, 12.7 rpg
  • F Craig Victor, 6-9, So., 12.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 2.2 apg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 4.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg

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Opening Tip: Georgia at LSU

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game.

General Info

  • What: Georgia (11-6, 4-3 SEC) at LSU (12-7, 5-2 SEC)
  • When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • Streaking: LSU (W1), Georgia (W2)
  • All-time series: LSU leads 63-44
  • Last meeting: LSU 87, Georgia 84, 2 OT (Jan. 10, 2015 in Baton Rouge)
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Starting Five

  • SAME RECORD: LSU goes into tonight’s game with a 5-2 SEC record, the same mark it had at this point a year ago. But the Tigers will be trying to flip the script from last season since they went on to lose their next two games. After that 5-4 start, LSU finished 11-7 in the league.
  • COMING BACK: LSU has been behind at halftime in six of seven SEC games this year, but have won four of the six — including road games against Vanderbilt and Alabama. The Tigers were only a combined 20 points down (3.3 points per game) in the six games they trailed at the break.
  • BEATING THE ’DOGS: Tim Quarterman, a Savannah, Georgia, native, had a career-high 27 points in an 87-84 double-OT victory over his homestate team last season. He was 10-of-18 from the field (6-of-10 from beyond the arc) and had five rebounds, five assists, three steals nd three blocked shots.
  • DOGGED DEFENSE: Georgia is ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 11 nationally in field-goal defense this season in allowing opponents to connect on just 37.9 percent of its attempts from the floor. The Bulldogs have held 15 of their 17 foes below their season average.
  • NO. 1 ON DECK: As soon as tonight’s game is completed, LSU will turn all of its attention to Saturday’s 4 p.m. clash with top-ranked Oklahoma in the PMAC. The Tigers will face OU, which is 16-2 going into tonight’s game against Texas Tech, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Lineups

Georgia (11-6, 4-3 SEC)

Probable starters

  • G J.J. Frazier, 5-10, Jr., 15.7 ppg, 4.2 apg
  • G Kenny Gaines, 6-3, Sr., 13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
  • G Charles Mann, 6-5, Sr., 9.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
  • F Yante Maten, 6-8, So., 16.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
  • F Houston Kessler, 6-8, Jr., 2.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Top reserves

  • F Kenny Paul Geno, 6-6, Jr., 3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
  • F Derek Ogbeide, 6-1, Fr., 3.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
  • F Mike Edwards, 6-9, Fr., 2.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg

LSU (12-7, 5-2 SEC)

Probable Starters

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 7.1 ppg, 2.3 apg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.1 ppg, 1.9 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 13.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg
  • F Craig Victor, 6-9, So., 13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 11.0 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 9.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg

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