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Who: McNeese St Cowboys (2-9) @ LSU Tigers (8-2)
When: Saturday, December 28th - 7pm
Where: PMAC (13,215, 47th largest) - Baton Rouge
How:TV: CST, Radio: 98.1FM, Stream: ESPN3.com

After taking off a few days for the holidays, LSU gets back to work against Southland Conference foe, McNeese St. The Cowboys are 0-9 against D1 competition but have two wins over lower division foes Louisiana College (92-83) and Stillman (81-72). This one certainly won't do LSU any favors in the RPI category, however, it will be nice to get back on the court after letting the team go home for the holidays.

McNeese has three players averaging double digit points and two averaging over 7 rebounds per game. They average 64 points a contest. While they only shoot 37% from the field (28.6 from 3 and 38.7 from 2), they shoot 70.5% from the free throw line. They aren't a very big team and only have 3 players over 200 pounds (LSU has 6).

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With only two games remaining before SEC play, LSU must continue to grow as a team. They had easily their best performance of the season last game against UAB. They must continue to improve before hitting the meat of their schedule. After LSU's contest with McNeese they host Rhode Island next weekend as their last tuneup game before hosting Tennessee on national television (ESPN).

In this game, LSU should take advantage of their inside presence against a team that scores a large portion of their points from outside. The Cowboys are 18th in the NCAA in Percent of points scored from 3 point land. That being said, McNeese is out-manned and out-matched.

I want to see Tim Quarterman build on his impressive 9 assist 0 turnover game last week as well as see Martin continue to look comfortable shooting like he did against UAB. It will also be nice to see John Odo down low. He was needed in the Texas Tech game and he will be needed in SEC play so getting him some quality minutes are important.

We know Mickey and O'Bryant can control this game. The Cowboys are undersized, however, both players need to continue to improve on the turnover front. Both should be using this game to protect the ball and to work on their footwork inside. Stringer and Hickey need to continue to shoot the way they have. They are 1 and 2 in the SEC in ast:to ratio so we know they protect the ball well. The Tigers just have to clean up the turnovers in the paint.

Prediction:

LSU 85, McNeese 52
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

Comments

24 Comments
Stream is not working on ESPN3. Says that it's "blacked out." Can I stream CST online?
Reply28 months
quote:

Posted by RushTigerLimbaugh Stream is not working on ESPN3. Says that it's "blacked out." Can I stream CST online?


Yeah, I completely overlooked basketball and baseball when I switched to Direct. Once the Pelicans moved to FSNO I switched. :banghead:
28 months
There aren't 1200 people here, yet all 2000 mugs are gone. a-holes must be taking 3-4 for themselves!!
Reply28 months
Try other parts of the arena I doubt they are in one location I got mine near portal j
28 months
6 season tickets and not 1 mug. Alleva sucks
28 months
Damn, why do i have to be sick, i'd be going if i wasn't :banghead:


CST games aren't on Uverse huh?
Reply28 months
First game in the pmac of the year :nana:
28 months
Im going to be there. Coming from Virginia!!
Reply28 months
Wish I could be at the game but I'm out of town. Will still be watching though. Can't wait to see the tigers ball

:geauxtigers:
Reply28 months
In Florida for the bowl game. Will be checking in on watch ESPN. Spending a few days at Disney before the game. Just got off the tower of terror and thought of the hilarious picture of our team on it.
I see why odo wanted to piss himself :lol:

:geauxtigers:
Take care of business tonight
28 months
Statistics are strange things. Hickey is shooting a better percentage on two point shots than Martin. That's got to change if we are to compete in SEC. Also Stringer, known as a three point specialist is shooting much better from two. Of course his two pointers are usually layups but then so are Hickey's?
Reply28 months
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Who: McNeese St Cowboys (fricked) @ LSU Tigers (stacked)
Reply28 months
Eta: Never mind....apparently I'm calendar challenged today.
28 months
I'll be there to grab my coffee mug. Gave away the tumbler as gift this year.
Reply28 months
Hickey at 5'11 and Stringer at 5'10 vs. Eackles and Hardy at 6'3 and 6'2, respectively... we should be able to get consistent dribble penetration all game long. Let's see if Hickey and Stringer can get some reps driving into the paint and kicking it out to JOBIII or Martin (both of whom have pretty good mid-range jumpers).
Reply28 months
Also,

First 2,000 fans get one of these bad boys -

28 months
Solid preview as always, brotha. Did not know that our 2 starting guards were 1-2 in the SEC in ast-TO ratio. That's badass
Reply28 months
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Did not know that our 2 starting guards were 1-2 in the SEC in ast-TO ratio. That's badass


They never turn the ball over.... All our turnovers come from down low. It's been impressive how few they have lost with the ball in their hands so much.
28 months
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did eackles use to play somewhere else?
Reply28 months
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did eackles use to play somewhere else?


He played in two NCAA Tournaments playing for Oakland as a Fr and a Soph
28 months
quote:

The Cowboys are 0-9 against D1 competition but have two wins over lower division foes Louisiana College (92-83) and Stillman (81-72).

Holy Moses
Reply28 months
FIRST 2,000 FANS GET NEW TIGER LOGO COFFEE MUG

Reply28 months
:cheers:
28 months
Should be a game where we can also see more of TQ, Malone, Odo and Shane getting extended minutes which will be good for them before SEC play starts
28 months
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