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- What: North Carolina State (2-2) vs. No. 22 LSU (3-1)
- When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- All-time series: North Carolina State leads 1-0
- Last meeting: North Carolina State 66, LSU 65 (March 19 at Pittsburgh, NCAA tournament)
- TV: ESPNU
- Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7
- In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
- Up next: LSU will play at College of Charleston on Monday at 6 p.m.
- THE 20/20 CLUB: With 21 points and 20 rebounds in an 81-80 loss to Marquette on Monday night, Simmons became only the eighth LSU player since the 1973-74 season with a 20/20 game. Jordan Mickey was the last to do it with 25 points and 20 rebounds last Jan. 31 against Mississippi State.
- HITTING THE GLASS: Simmons also became only the 12th LSU men’s player to grab 20 rebounds in a game — joining Lionel Green, Geert Hammink, Danny Hester, Ed LeBlanc, Jaime Lloreda, Rudy Macklin, Mickey, Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit, Al Sanders and John Williams.
- EIGHTY ISN’T ENOUGH: LSU scored 80 points against Marquette, which is usually good enough to win under Johnny Jones. His team dropped to 23-4 when it scores 80 after Marquette hit two free throws late and held on to win. On the other hand, Jones’ team is 7-17 when the opponent reaches 80.
- FIFTY IS NIFTY: The Tigers shot a season-low 37.0 percent from the floor in the setback to Marquette to drop their record under Jones to 42-37 when they hit below 50 percent. On the other hand, they’re 22-1 — including 2-0 this season — when they’re over 50.0 percent.
- BACK IN THE BIG APPLE: LSU is playing in New York for the first time since the pr-season NIT semifinals and finals in 2009. With Monday night’s loss to Marquette, the Tigers are 4-7 in the city dating to the first time LSU came to New York in 1946 to face Saint Francis of Pennsylvania.
Know Your Opponent
- LSU is quite familiar with North Carolina State, having played the Wolfpack just eight months and five days ago in a second-round NCAA tournament game in Pittsburgh. N.C. State, which returns nine players and three starters, escaped with a win in the first meeting of the two schools when forward BeeJay Anya hit the game-winning shot on a left-handed hook in the lane with 0.1 seconds left to cap an 18-3 run in the closing minutes. N.C. State, which is coached by Mark Gottfried, eventually went on to the Sweet 16. The Wolfpack is 2-2 this season after a 79-76 Legends Classic semifinal loss Monday night to Arizona State. Seven of N.C. State’s top eight players are between 6-foot-7 and 6-9, which could cause some troubles for LSU, which has had rebounding issues with the exception of Ben Simmons. Point guard Cat Barber averages a team-high 17.3 points per game and hands out 6.3 assists per game, while fellow guards Caleb Martin and Maverick Rowan score 16.8 and 15.0 points a game, respectively.
North Carolina State (2-2)
- G Cat Barber, 6-2, Jr., 17.3 ppg, 6.3 apg
- G/F Caleb Martin, 6-7, So., 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
- G/F Maverick Rowan, 6-7, 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
- F Abdul-Malik Abu, 6-8, So., 13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
- F Lennard Freeman, 6-9, Jr., 3.8 ppg, 7.0 rog
- F BeeJay Anya, 6-9, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- G/F Cody Martin, 6-7, So., 5.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
- G/F Shaun Kirk, 6-8, Fr., 0.7 ppg, 0.0 rpg
- G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 3.5 apg
- G Antonio Blakeney, 6-4, Fr., 18.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
- G Brandon Sampson, 6-5, Fr., 10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
- F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.3 ppg, 14.5 rpg
- C Elbert Robinson III, 7-1, So., 6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
- G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 4.3 ppg, 2.3 apg
- G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 2.3 apg
- F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
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