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Opening Tip: UMass at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted about four to five hours before each game this basketball season.

General Info

  • 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

Starting Five

  • 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.

UMass (5-2)

Probable Starters

  • 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

Top reserves

  • 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

LSU (4-2)

Probable Starters

  • 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

Top reserves

  • 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

LSU forward Mickey named LSWA’s player of the month

LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey has been named the men’s basketball player of the month for November by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Mickey recorded double-doubles in three of the Tigers’ first five games before being sidelined by a slight ankle injury for Saturday night’s 83-72 win over McNeese State.

In the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands, Mickey notched a pair of double-doubles. In a victory over Weber State, he scored a career-high 27 points and matched his career best with 14 rebounds.

In the five games, Mickey averaged 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, which rank him second in the Southeastern Conference in both categories, connecting on 55.6 percent of his field-goal attempts. He also had nine blocks and six steals.

LSU expects to have Mickey back for UMass

After sitting out Saturday night’s win over McNeese State with an ankle injury, LSU forward Jordan Mickey is expected to be ready for the Tigers’ next game on Tuesday night against UMass and for its matchup with West Virginia on Thursday night in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Mickey warmed up with his teammates prior to Saturday night’s game, which LSU went on to win 83-72 without him, but may have been available had things still been close in the latter stages of the game.

“Jordan (Mickey) is fine,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said after the game. “If he was needed tonight, he would have been available.”

Judging by Jones’ comments after the game, it’s believed that Mickey was injured in practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

“He had treatment the past couple of days. … We wanted to make sure that we allowed the process to take place there,” Jones said. “I think it will, and he will be available for us on Tuesday (against UMass). We look forward to him coming back, getting into practice and getting reps in tomorrow.”

In Mickey’s absence, Jarell Martin scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds. Tim Quarterman started in place of Mickey and Brian Bridgewater helped out with 16 points and five rebounds in only 22 minutes.

Opening Tip: McNeese State at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted about four to five hours before each game this basketball season.

General Info

  • What: McNeese State (2-1) at LSU (3-2)
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • TV: SEC Network+ (WatchESPN.com)
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @Chandler_Rome
  • Up next: LSU will host UMass at 6 p.m. Tuesday

Starting Five

  • STILL PERFECT: LSU is 22-0 all-time against McNeese State. The closest the Cowboys have come to winning was in a 91-89 loss in the 1988-89 season, but they’ve had a few close calls — losing by five points or less on three other occasions.
  • LA. DOMINATION: The Tigers have chalked up 25 wins in their last 26 games against Louisiana opposition dating to the 2007-08 season. The last state school to upend LSU was Nicholls State, which won 62-53 on Nov. 16, 2010 in the PMAC.
  • THREE-SEEKERS: After a couple of tough games from beyond the 3-point arc, making 2 of 19 against Texas Tech and 1 of 13 vs. Clemson, LSU will look to regain its shooting touch from long range. The Tigers set a school record with 234 made 3s in 2013 and 231 in 2014.
  • MAGIC NUMBER IS 70: Since Johnny Jones returned to LSU two-plus seasons ago, the Tigers’ number is 70. When they score 70 points in his 70-game tenure, they have a 29-14 record. When they hold opponents to under 70 points, they’re 32-6.
  • DRAGONS REUNION: Jones and McNeese coach Dave Simmons graduated from DeRidder High School. They were teammates on the varsity basketball team in 1976-77 when Simmons was a senior and Jones was a freshman.

Know Your Opponent

  • McNeese State has won its last two games against Louisiana College and Jarvis Christian after opening the season with an 80-39 setback at Baylor. The Cowboys rank second in the nation with 9.0 blocks per game behind 6-foot-8 forward Austin Lewis. He averages 6.7 per game after notching a school-record 11 blocks in a win over Louisiana College, breaking the old mark of 10 set by Edmond Lawrence in Jan. 1972.

Probable Starters

McNeese State (2-1)

  • G Jamaya Burr, 6-0, So., 7.0 ppg, 5.7 apg
  • G Keenan Garrett, 6-0, Sr., 9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
  • G Kevin Hardy, 6-2, Sr., 7.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg
  • F Desharick Guidry, 6-5, Sr., 17.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg
  • F Austin Lewis, 6-8, Jr., 6.0 ppg, 6.7 bpg

Top reserves

  • G Shaun Johnson, 5-10, Jr., 6.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
  • C Matthew Moss, 6-9, Jr., 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
  • F Stephen Ugochukwu, 6-7, Fr., 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg

LSU (3-2)

Probable Starters

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 10.2 ppg, 3.0 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 13.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 17.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 14.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg
  • C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 2.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg

* — assists per game

* — blocks per game

LSU’s Mickey named to Paradise Jam all-tournament team

LSU forward Jordan Mickey was named to the Paradise Jam’s all-tournament team that was announced Monday afternoon.

Mickey averaged 16.7 points per game, the fourth-highest scoring average in three games played over the four-day, eight-team event, and tied for the tournament lead with 10.0 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore had two double-doubles in the tournament, including a career-best 27 points in a win over Weber State when he made 8 of 10 field-goal attempts in the second half. He also had 14 rebounds against Weber State — tying his career high.

Also on the all-tournament team were Clemson’s DaMarcus Harrison, Old Dominion’s Trey Freeman, Illinois State’s DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez.

Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs was the tournament MVP after scoring 40 points in an 84-80 championship-game win over Illinois State.

Opening Tip: Clemson vs. LSU

GREETINGS FROM PARADISE

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this basketball season.

General Info

  • What: Clemson (2-2) vs. LSU (3-1)
  • When: 3 p.m. Monday
  • Where: UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @MicklesAdvocate
  • On deck: LSU returns home to face McNeese State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Starting Five

  • Rejected: After having no blocks in the season opener against Gardner-Webb, LSU forward Jordan Mickey has nine in the last three games. Mickey, who led the Southeastern Conference last season with 106, now has 115 for his career to stand fifth on the school’s all-time list. He moved past Glen Davis (110) and Garrett Temple (113) in the last two games.
  • Doubling up: LSU’s starting lineup features four players who are averaging in double digits through the first four games. Mickey (17.8), Jarell Martin (16.5), Keith Hornsby (15.5) and Josh Gray (11.0) have combined for 60.8 points a game, or 82.4 percent of LSU’s 73.8 points per game.
  • Finish strong: With a win over Clemson today, LSU would finish 2-1 in a Thanksgiving-week tournament for the third consecutive time. They played in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida, last season and were in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2012.
  • Maravich memories: These two teams haven’t met since Dec. 20, 1969, when “Pistol” Pete Maravich poured in 49 points to lead LSU to a 111-103 win in Clemson, South Carolina. Maravich’s dad, Press, coached the ACC Tigers from 1956-62 and later coached LSU from 1966-72.
  • Tigers vs. Tigers: The teams have met five times previously on the basketball court with the LSU Tigers winning three times and the Clemson Tigers twice. All five of the games were played between 1955 and 1969.

Know Your Opponent

  • Clemson, picked to finish 11th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference this season, is 2-2 after splitting its first two games in the Paradise Jam. The Tigers dropped a 72-70 decision to Gardner-Webb when, with the score tied at 70, it called a timeout it didn’t have with seven seconds remaining. They came back Saturday for a 59-50 win over Nevada. Landry Nnoko, a 6-foot-10 junior center, averages 13.8 points and 3.0 blocked shots per game.

Probable Starters

Clemson (2-2)

  • G Rod Hall, 6-1, Sr., 10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg
  • G Demarcus Harrison, 6-4, Sr., 10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • F Jaron Blossomgame, 6-7, So., 10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg
  • F Donte Grantham, 6-8, Fr., 9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
  • C Landry Nnoko, 6-10, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Jordan Roper, 6-0, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
  • G Austin Ajukwa, 6-6, So. 4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F/C Josh Smith, 6-8, Jr., 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg

LSU (3-1)

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 11.0 ppg, 3.8 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 15.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 17.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
  • C Elbert Robinson III, 7-1, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 7.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 1.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Opening Tip: LSU vs. Weber State

GREETINGS FROM PARADISE

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this basketball season.

General Info

  • What: LSU (2-1) vs. Weber State (1-2)
  • When: 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @MicklesAdvocate
  • On deck: LSU will play its third and final game in the Paradise Jam on Monday against Clemson or Nevada at 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. CST

Starting Five

  • Tough going: After making only 6 of 12 free throws in an overtime period against Texas Tech on Tuesday night, LSU struggled at the line again in the loss to Old Dominion in the opening game of the Paradise Jam. LSU, which shot 75.7 percent in its first two games, was 16 of 25 for 64.0 percent, which means they’ve made just 22 of their last 37 after starting the season 22 of 25.
  • Threes aren’t falling: In addition to their recent struggles at the free-throw line, the Tigers aren’t hitting from beyond the 3-point arc. LSU was only 2 of 19 in the win over Texas Tech and they were 5 of 16 against ODU with Keith Hornsby going 3 of 6. For the season, LSU is just 15 of 58 (25.9 percent) from long range after making 34.2 percent a year ago.
  • Fresh faces: With forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey sitting out the final few minutes of the first half against ODU with two fouls each, LSU coach Johnny Jones went deep on his bench to put in center Darcy Malone and forward Brandon Eddlestone. Neither played in the first two games and Eddlestone, a walk-on, played in nine games a year ago.
  • Epps sits one out: Freshman Aaron Epps did not play against ODU because of a coach’s decision, Jones said after the game.
  • The rubber game: LSU and Weber State have met twice before in basketball with each school winning once. LSU won 82-80 in Logan, Utah, back in 1972 and Weber State won a 75-74 overtime thriller in 2001 in Hilo, Hawaii.

Know Your Opponent

  •  Weber State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, dropped a 73-64 decision to Illinois State late Friday to set up the matchup with LSU. The Wildcats’ only win this season was a 74-49 victory over Presentation College. Joel Bolomboy, a 6-9 center/forward, is Weber State’s top scorer (17.3) and rebounder (11.0). He had 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Illinois Stte.

Probable Starters

LSU (2-1)

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 13.3 ppg, 3.7 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 14.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 14.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 18.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg
  • C Elbert Robinson III, 7-1, Fr., 1.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 1.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Weber State (1-2)

  • G Jeremy Senglin, 6-2, Fr., 13.3 ppg, 1.7 apg
  • G Chris Golden, 6-2, Jr., 7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
  • G/F Richaud Gittens, 6-4, So., 10.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
  • F Kyndahl Hill, 6-7, So., 9.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg
  • F/C Joel Bolomboy, 6-9, Jr., 17.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg

Top reserves

  • C James Hajek, 6-10, Sr., 4.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg
  • F Jaelyn Johnson-Coston, 6-6, Jr., 3.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
  • G Hayden Hunter, 5-11, Fr., 0.7 ppg, 3.0 apg

Opening Tip: LSU vs. Old Dominion

GREETINGS FROM PARADISE

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this basketball season.

General Info

  • What: LSU (2-0) vs. Old Dominion (2-0)
  • When: 5:30 p.m. Friday
  • Where: UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands
  • TV: CBS Sports
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @MicklesAdvocate
  • On deck: If LSU wins tonight, it will play the winner of the Illinois State-Weber State game at 8 p.m. CST on Sunday. If LSU loses tonight, it will play the loser of that game at 4 p.m. CST Saturday.

Starting Five

  • Tournament veterans: The LSU men’s basketball program is playing in its 53rd regular-season tournament all-time, with the first coming in 1947 in the Fort Worth Collegiate Classic. The Tigers went 2-1 in the Old Spice Classic last season in Orlando, Florida.
  • Atlantic Standard Time: While LSU has played in the Hawaiian islands 11 times over the years, the Tigers are playing in the Atlantic time zone, which is two hours ahead of Central time, for the first time. It’s LSU’s first appearance in the Paradise Jam tournament.
  • They’ve been Jammin’: Old Dominion, has played in the Paradise Jam twice before. The Monarchs first came to the Virgin Islands to play here in 2005 and lost to Wisconsin in the championship game. They returned five years later and won the 2010 title, beating Xavier in the final.
  • Old foes meet again: ODU coach Jeff Jones, who starred collegiately at Virginia, played against LSU coach Johnny Jones when the Cavaliers and Tigers met in the Final Four consolation game in 1981. That was the last time a third-place game was played in the Final Four.
  • Nice to meet you: This will be the first meeting between Old Dominion, a Conference USA member which went 18-18 a year ago and reached the semifinals of the CBI tournament last March, on the basketball floor.

Know Your Opponent

  •  Old Dominion, which was picked to finish fourth by the C-USA coaches, opened the season with wins over UNC Wilmington (76-56) and Richmond (63-57). Monarchs guard Aaron Bacote, a 6-foot-4 junior who averaged 15.5 points a game last season, was chosen to the 10-man preseason all-conference team by the league’s 14 coaches.

Probable Lineups

LSU (2-0)

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 16.0 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 14.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 19.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 19.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg
  • C Elbert Robinson III, 7-1, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 2.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Old Dominion (2-0)

  • G Aaron Bacote, 6-4, Jr., 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
  • G Jordan Baker, 6-2, So., 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • G Trey Freeman, 6-2, Jr., 18.0 ppg, 4.0 apg
  • F Richard Ross, 6-6, Sr., 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
  • F Jonathan Arledge, 6-9, Sr., 12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Top reserves

  • F Denzell Taylor, 6-7, So., 7.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg
  • G Ambrose Mosley, 6-2, So., 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • G Keenan Palmore, 6-1, Jr., 3.0 ppg, 3.0 apg

LSU ready for start of Paradise Jam

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands – One day after arriving in the Virgin Islands, the LSU basketball team made its final preparations Thursday for its opening game in the Paradise Jam on Friday with a practice that lasted just under two hours.

LSU (2-0) practiced at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the site of Friday’s 5:30 p.m. game with Old Dominion University (2-0) after landing in St. Thomas a day earlier.

“It’s a great opportunity for our young men and this basketball team and staff to bond and spend a lot of time together,” coach Johnny Jones said. “It’s been great because it’s going to simulate a late-season tournament, whether it’s the conference tournament or postseason, and we’ll get an opportunity for our guys to understand how quick the turnarounds are in preparation.

“It will be a really good for us. This is a great early-season tournament for us to be in. The competition is really good. We will certainly be challenged and it is something we are looking forward to.”

Considering his freshman- and sophomore-laden team hasn’t been together for all that long, an extended road trip early in the season isn’t such a bad thing for Jones.

The way he sees it, it can be an invaluable tool for a team that, in the early stages of the season, can use as much time together as possible — both on and off the court.

“When you take teams on a trip like that and you’re away, it’s a special time for bonding, teaching and closeness — especially in the early part of the season,” Jones said.

They’ll get plenty of that with three games in four days. The outcome of Friday’s game will determine if LSU plays again on Saturday or Sunday.

If the Tigers beat ODU, they won’t play again until Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Illinois State-Weber State winner. If they fall to the Monarchs, they would meet the Illinois State-Weber State loser at 4 p.m. Saturday.

They’ll conclude play in the eight-team tournament on Monday.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

All Times Central

Game 1: Clemson vs. Gardner-Webb, 12:30 p.m.

Game 2: Nevada vs. Seton Hall, 3 p.m.

Game 3: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4: Illinois State vs. Weber State, 8 p.m.

Opening Tip: Texas Tech at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted 30 minutes to an hour before each game this basketball season.

General Info
• What: Texas Tech (1-0) at LSU (1-0)
• When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
• Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
• TV: ESPN2
• In-game updates on Twitter: @MicklesAdvocate
• On deck:  LSU will play Old Dominion in the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands at 5:30 p.m. CST Friday

Starting Five

  • Wooden Watch: LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who scored 21 points and pulled down six rebounds in the Tigers’ 93-82 season-opening win against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, was named Monday to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List.
  • Tipoff Marathon: For the second straight season, LSU is playing in the 24-hour ESPN Tipoff Marathon. This one is starting a lot later than a year ago as the Tigers dropped a 92-90 decision to UMass in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a game that started at 11 a.m. Baton Rouge time.
  • The Rematch: Tonight’s game is the back end of a home-and-home series for LSU and Texas Tech. The Tigers and Red Raiders met in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 18, 2013 with LSU coming away with a 71-69 victory. The four players who scored in double figures for LSU are no longer with the program.
  • Young Pups: Texas Tech started three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior in its season opener with Loyola Maryland on Friday night. It was the first time in program history that three freshmen started the season opener and first time four underclassmen were in the lineup.
  • Tubby Gets No. 526: Hall of Fame coach Tubby Smith, who is in his second season with Texas Tech, claimed victory No. 526 in his career when the Red Raiders won their season opener. Smith is tied for 67th all-time in Division I and ranks 17th among active head coaches in the D-I ranks.

Know Your Opponent

•Texas Tech, which was 14-18 in 2013-14, opened its season on Friday night with a 71-59 win over Loyola Maryland in Lubbock, Texas. Freshman forward Norense Odiase had a double-double in his college debut with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.

Starting Lineups

Texas Tech (1-0)
• G Randy Onwuasor, 6-3, So., 8.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
• G Robert Turner, 6-3, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
• G/F Justoin Gray, 6-6, Fr., 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
• F Zach Smith, 6-8, Fr., 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
• F Norense Odiase, 6-9, Fr., 16.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg

Top reserves
• G Devaugntah Williams, 6-4, Jr., 13.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
• G Keenan Evans, 6-3, Fr., 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
• G Toddrick Gotcher, 6-4, Jr., 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg

LSU (1-0)
• G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 17.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
• G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
• F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 21.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
• F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 21.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
• C Elbert Robinson III, 7-1, Fr., 0.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Top reserves
• G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 7.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
• G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 5.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
• F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 2.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg