Opening Tip will be posted about four to five hours before each game this basketball season.
- What: UMass (5-2) at LSU (4-2)
- When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
- All-time series: UMass leads 1-0
- Last meeting: UMass 92, LSU 90 (2013)
- TV: SEC Network
- Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
- In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
- Up next: LSU will play West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virginia, at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge
- THE REMATCH: Tonight’s game is the back half of a home-and-home arrangement between UMass, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, and LSU. The Minutemen won 92-90 last November in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the Tigers’ season opener, which was part of the ESPN Tipoff Marathon.
- WELCOME BACK: This will be only the second time UMass has played a basketball game in Louisiana. The Minutemen traveled to Lafayette back on Feb. 11, 1995 to take a 73-56 win over UL-Lafayette. UMass is 5-0 all-time against Louisiana schools with three of the wins against the Ragin’ Cajuns.
- GETTING HOT: LSU has shot better than 60 percent from the field in the second half of two recent games — connecting on 61.3 percent of its shots after halftime in defeating Weber State on Nov. 22 and 65.5 percent in Saturday night’s 83-72 victory against McNeese State.
- SEC RANKINGS: Through the early portion of the nonconference schedule, LSU is sixth in scoring (73.2) despite ranking eighth in field-goal percentage (45.0) and 14th in 3-point shooting (25.5) in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are ninth in scoring defense (68.3), but are third in rebounding (40.7).
- MICKEY HONORED: Tigers forward Jordan Mickey, who was held out of Saturday’s game with a slight ankle injury, was named player of the month for November by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Mickey averaged 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds and also had nine blocks and six steals.
Know Your Opponent
- UMass is 5-2 with its best wins over Florida State and Manhattan, while the only losses were to Harvard and Notre Dame. Seven lettermen are back from last year’s team that went 24-9 (10-6 Atlantic 10 Conference) and earned an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 1998. Derek Kellogg, a former UMass point guard who’s in his seventh season at his alma mater, got his team into the national rankings for the first time since the 1998-99 season — climbing as high as No. 12 in late January.
- G Trey Davis, 6-0, Jr., 11.3 ppg, 3.3 apg
- G Derrick Gordon, 6-3, Jr., 13.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
- F Maxie Esho, 6-8, Sr., 13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg
- F Seth Berger, 6-7, So., 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
- C Cady Lalanne, 6-9, Jr., 14.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg
- G Jaborie Hinds, 5-11, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg
- G Donte Clark, 6-4, Fr., 7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
- C Tyler Bergantino, 6-9, Jr., 1.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg
- G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 10.7 ppg, 4.5 apg
- G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg
- F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 17.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg
- F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg
- C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 2.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
- G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg
- F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
- G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg