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Preview: LSU Hoops (9-3) vs Tennessee (9-4) - TONIGHT 6PM - PMAC

Who: Tennessee Volunteers vs LSU Tigers
When: Tuesday, January 7th - 6:00PM
Where: PMAC (13,215, 47th NCAA)
How: TV: ESPN, Radio: 98.1FM, Stream: ESPN3.com


SEC play is finally here! After a lackluster performance against Rhode Island, LSU takes on a very good, very athletic Tennessee squad on Tuesday night in front of a nationally televised ESPN audience.

Tennessee comes to Baton Rouge playing some of their best basketball recently. Last week, they beat a very good Virginia team by 35 and DII, Tusculum, by 47. They are however, 0-2 on true road games this year. Still, Tennessee is a team that can beat anyone if they play their best.



Jordan McRae has killed LSU in their previous meetings. It will be interesting to see if Jones looks to Quarterman to guard McRae. The 7 inches Hickey gives up to the large guard really helped McRae get into the paint with confidence and shoot over him for easy baskets.

Tennessee leads the SEC with a 1.5 assist to turnover ratio. That is an incredibly impressive number. They are third in the country in protecting the ball only turning the ball over 9.2 times per game. LSU will likely have to force more than that to win over Tennessee.

Tennessee also leads the SEC in points per possession. They are averaging 1.19 PPP this season. LSU has held 10 of their 12 opponents to under 1 PPP this season but will be challenged by Tennessee in this category.

While they are efficient, they are slow. They average only 64.8 possessions per game. LSU has been faster than 64.8 possessions in each game this season and average 70.8 possessions per game. It will be interesting to see how Coach Jones decides to play Tennessee defensively.

So far this season, Coach Jones has pressed teams who play slow basketball. However, with Tennessee's athleticism and ball security, will he sit back and try and force Tennessee to shoot from outside? Will he take it to Tennessee and press the entire game? The likely answer is somewhere in between, but with the home loss to Rhode Island over the weekend, expect LSU to come out mentally ready.

Prediction:
LSU 72, Tennessee 69

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GeismarGeauxer - 11 months ago
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Prediction: LSU 72, Tennessee 69


Sunshine pumpers unite...Tennessee score prediction only off by 1 point!
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ILeaveAtHalftime - 11 months ago
As much as I hate it, with our fan base, you can't lose to bad teams and get support. It's not going to happen
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TXGunslinger10 - 11 months ago
Can we bus in some bums or a local high school student body to at least fill the fricking lower level?
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Tiger Nation 84 - 11 months ago
There we go
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SabiDojo - 11 months ago
That was a horrible possession.
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ipodking - 11 months ago
Too cold to leave home
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guttata - 11 months ago
Nice crowd. :rolleyes:
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Tiger Nation 84 - 11 months ago
Its a tuesday nihht chill
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Swagga - 11 months ago
Jesus that crowd is awful
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TXGunslinger10 - 11 months ago
Purple at home?
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purplengold1 - 11 months ago
Bitch I'm from Louisiana
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heartbreakTiger - 11 months ago
they should have kept the lights dark on the stands.
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TXGunslinger10 - 11 months ago
Lets get a game thread started
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Tiger Nation 84 - 11 months ago
INNN :geauxtigers:
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TH03 - 11 months ago
brad nessler :pimp:
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ninthward - 11 months ago
:nana:
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TXGunslinger10 - 11 months ago
Gotta have this one Tigers. Lets get out to a good start
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lsu2006 - 11 months ago
Growing really quickly now actually, well see
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extremelsu - 11 months ago
Im ready.. Streaming it from my phone at work
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S - 11 months ago
i blame rhode island
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lsu2006 - 11 months ago
Crowd is pathetic TBH
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tigers32 - 11 months ago
Is that ole Jimmy Dykes down there?
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burgeman - 11 months ago
Crowd is pretty meh right now
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Alt26 - 11 months ago
These 6:00 starts are horrible for attendance. 10 minutes til tip, and there may be 1,000 people here. Hoping it will be a late arriving crowd and we will have a respectable crowd, or at least 5k, here.
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TH03 - 11 months ago
my body is ready
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