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Preview: LSU (6-2) @ Texas Tech (7-3) - Wednesday 8pm - ESPNU

Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders. Coached by Tubby Smith in the Big 12 Conference
When: Wednesday, December 18th - 8PM
Where: United Spirit Arena (15,098 - 29th NCAA)
How: ESPNU (TV), 98.1 (Radio), ESPN3.com (Stream)

LSU hits the road to start a critical week for the Tigers. After sleepwalking through their weekend contest versus UL-Monroe, LSU takes on Big 12 foe, Texas Tech. Coached by legendary Kentucky head man, Tubby Smith, the Red Raiders are a team on the rise. They are currently 6-0 at home and will be a formidable opponent for LSU.

They will likely try and slow the game down. They average a possession length of 18.3 seconds per possession to LSU's 16.0 seconds. Their three losses came to #1 Arizona, #27 Pittsburgh, and Alabama.



Texas Tech will play 3 forwards most of the game, similar to LSU. They like to score in the paint and dedicate a large portion of the offense to driving to the hoop. They are 291st in assists per fieldgoal really giving you an idea of the nature of their offense. Even more, they score 63% of their points from two point shots, which is 5th highest in the NCAA.

They bring a 7 footer (Dejan Kravic) off the bench. He will be the first 7 footer LSU has faced this season. He isn't a major scoring threat, but it will be interesting to see how Johnny O'Bryant reacts to a taller defender.

While this would not be a signature win, losing this road test would be very detrimental to LSU's postseason aspirations. Even as improved as they have been this year, they are likely to be a Big12 bottom dweller. It will also be another good test to see how the young LSU players react to a road game environment.

ESPN BPI:

ESPN Released their first BPI (Basketball Power Index) this morning and LSU comes in at 19th. While BPI isn't an official measurement used by the selection committee, it takes into account scoring margin (diminishing returns for blowouts), pace of game, location, Strength of schedule, and they de-weight games with key players missing.

It's good to see that LSU's work thus far haven't gone unnoticed by this Power Index.

Prediction:

LSU 70, Texas Tech 60

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BEATS2GEAUX - 9 months ago
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Game vs UAB will be fast pace and entertaining


I agree. UAB play small, but are monsters on the boards. We can't let them take over the glass.
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aslavey - 9 months ago
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Box score?
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tiger perry - 9 months ago
Glad they got out of there with the win...
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purplengold1 - 9 months ago
Would love to be in the PMAC. Unfortunately, I'm away from BR for the holidays.
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Ignignot - 9 months ago
For home games Justin hangs out in the PMAC, you should too :cheers:
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purplengold1 - 9 months ago
Really hope Justin hangs out Saturday so I can watch. Think that's gonna be an exciting one
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Ignignot - 9 months ago
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First game I have watched these Tigers play this year. I like this team and I see a lot of potential.


Kinda thing I wanna hear, you should come out Saturday

Game vs UAB will be fast pace and entertaining :cheers:
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mcpotiger - 9 months ago
First game I have watched these Tigers play this year. I like this team and I see a lot of potential.
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tigerpimpbot - 9 months ago
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Glad we won, but Johnny's just not a great coach.



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RBWilliams8 - 9 months ago
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Get the frick out of here with this retarded nonsense. You are the problem with the LSU fanbase. We just won a college road basketball game against a decent opponent with poor FT shooting and bad officiating and you want to say he can't coach? Go frick yourself and never post on the topic of LSU basketball again.


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inadaze - 9 months ago
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Good road win for us, great d by hickey


Hickey's got that bug-on-the-pond quickness. Who's returning punts next year?
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Dalosaqy - 9 months ago
Box score?
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JBM210 - 9 months ago
Have prospective. Good win tonight on the road. Lot of growing to do. In the dance--YES. With a little luck, sweet 16 in my opinion.
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tigerpimpbot - 9 months ago
That was an impressive road win for LSU. :bow:

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oauron - 9 months ago
Being able to overcome the mistakes and FT issues is a great sign. It's very tough to win on the road and we still did despite everything that goes along with it. I'm excited for what's gonna happen next.
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Bandits - 9 months ago
Nice win for the Fightin' Tigers
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
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Tech attempted 44 field goals and 39 free throws. LSU was 48 and 18 respectively.

Unfortunately, this has been a problem for us all season. I think it starts with O'Bryant, Mickey, and Martin getting to the foul line & knocking 'em down.
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he can't shoot to save his life and has less than zero post game skill.

I disagree. He's definitely not polished, but he shows flashes of good post moves. His offensive game will start to take shape by the end of the season IMO.
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LSUButt - 9 months ago
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Meanwhile, the under valued freshman is a difference maker.


Difference maker, yes...NBA prospect? not right now. No one on this team could even sniff playing for an NBA team right now. Mickey has great athleticism and instincts, but he can't shoot to save his life and has less than zero post game skill.
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S - 9 months ago
o'bryant with just 1 board basically sums up this game. just a weird game.
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theronswanson - 9 months ago
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Glad we won, but Johnny's just not a great coach. Atleast he can recruit his dick off


Get the frick out of here with this retarded nonsense. You are the problem with the LSU fanbase. We just won a college road basketball game against a decent opponent with poor FT shooting and bad officiating and you want to say he can't coach? Go frick yourself and never post on the topic of LSU basketball again.
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Choupique19 - 9 months ago
I love the win, but there are two "NBA prospects" on this team that are anything but NBA ready.

Meanwhile, the under valued freshman is a difference maker.
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aslavey - 9 months ago
I think Mickey sitting for so much of the game leading to tons of minutes for Odo have a good bit to do with it.
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LSUButt - 9 months ago
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JOB seemed to be out of position on both ends of the floor.


Which is why I want him to wake up
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aslavey - 9 months ago
JOB seemed to be out of position on both ends of the floor.
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LSUButt - 9 months ago
Can someone wake JOB up? 1 rebound? That fricken foreign guy ate his damn lunch
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