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LSU Hoops vs Rhode Island - Sat 4:30pm - PMAC - CST

Who: LSU Tigers ( 9-2) vs Rhode Island Rams (8-6)
When: Saturday, January 4th 4:30pm
Where: PMAC (Baton Rouge, 13,215, 47th NCAA)
How: TV: CST, Radio: 100.7, Stream: GeauxZone & ESPN3.com

****Note: Game will be on the radio on 100.7 due to Saints pre-game being aired on 98.1FM****

LSU enters their final out of conference game in great position. They have won their last 5 games and 9 out of their last 10. This is the final prep game before LSU's HUGE matchup with Tennessee on Tuesday January 7th (PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO BE IN BR FOR 6:00PM TUESDAY).

LSU has held 9 of its 11 opponents to less than 1 point per possession this year. This is mostly due to holding their opponents to a meager 39.6% shooting percentage from inside the arc (4th NCAA). However, they are also holding opponents to just 29.3% shooting from three point land (33rd NCAA).

They have also shot free throws better as of late. In their last game they made 23/28 (82.1%), and 70.6% against UAB. They have also been able to make their three pointers recently. They have hit 27/61 (44.3%) in their last 3 games.

Rhode Island comes into this game with only 1 win over a top 200 team (Brown 191), however they have played George Mason (61-54), Providence (50-49), and Detroit (70-68) very close and were almost able to squeak out wins. They haven't shot very well, but have managed to get to the free throw line at a very impressive rate.

LSU needs to stay out of foul trouble against a team that has made a living by getting to the line. They have forced 6 players to foul out and many, many more into 4 fouls.



While they aren't a huge team, they rebound relatively well and do not allow a ton of assists. Their assist per basket given up ratio is 15th lowest in the NCAA.

Rhode Island's tempo has been about 2 possessions slower per game. When LSU has faced slower paced teams, they have used their press to make opponents uncomfortable. Look for LSU possibly utilizing their 3/4 court trap if the game stays close.

The keys to this game are simple. Get better. The Tigers need to continue to improve their free throw shooting as well as their shooting from behind the arc. That means getting the ball into Shavon Coleman's hands in the corner. He is currently hitting 44.8% of his three pointers.

LSU needs to also limit turnovers by the post players. O'Bryant and Mickey only had 5 turnovers combined last game, which is an improvement, but they need to continue to work on protecting the basketball.

Finally, LSU needs to start seeing crowd support. Football season is over. You can turn your attention to this basketball team. If you can't be there in person, at least watch this team play on TV. They are worth your time.

Prediction:
LSU 75 - Rhode Island 60

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themunch - 8 months ago
:lol:
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LSURussian - 8 months ago
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Pintail - 8 months ago
And above the band
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purplengold1 - 8 months ago
Yes it is new
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Gcockboi - 8 months ago
LSU's mid court logo is badass. Is that new this year?
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LSUHSV - 8 months ago
Sorry quick look, need to clean glasses
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joeytiger - 8 months ago
Took my 2 year old last year. Prayers sent.
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ILeaveAtHalftime - 8 months ago
Attendance is actually the best I've seen all year.
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LSUHSV - 8 months ago
Not many there :geauxtigers:
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TFS4E - 8 months ago
Chances CST switches to the LSU game?
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heartbreakTiger - 8 months ago
its time for the rape of rhode island.

attendance looks pretty terrible
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ILeaveAtHalftime - 8 months ago
Looks like LSU sold the upper student section for this one. Now normal people have to be seen with the Roar Corps.
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Jrv2damac - 8 months ago
Somebody better look like game threading this shit

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bobbyleewilliams - 8 months ago
Just win, baby! :geauxtigers:
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themunch - 8 months ago
NIce...


:geauxtigers:
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Johnny4lsu - 8 months ago
On my way to the pmac with my 2 year old. This should be interesting
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oauron - 8 months ago
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His traveling issues have never really seemed to go away, but he has cut down on the poor shot selection of late, particularly the mid range fall-aways.



The mid-range fade away jump shots have been money all season long for JOB. I think his deficiencies have been exaggerated because Mickey has eaten into his production a lot.
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extremelsu - 8 months ago
83-69 lsu
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Dirty Pierre - 8 months ago
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Check the blackout map


I thought it would only be blacked out in south Louisiana, to keep from hurting attendance.
Don't understand why North La, Cleveland Ohio, Kansas and Oklahoma would be blacked out for an LSU-Rhode Island game. :confused:
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purplengold1 - 8 months ago
Check the blackout map
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Dirty Pierre - 8 months ago
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Is there anyway to watch this game in Shreveport???


on the internet - ESPN3
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snackpack - 8 months ago
Is there anyway to watch this game in Shreveport???
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FamousAmos - 8 months ago
Not to hijack but ESPN gave us some love during the Memphis vs Cincinatti game. Said that Tennessee OR LSU could be right there with Mizzou, Florida and Kentucky, and that this Super Tuesday will decide which has a better chance.
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purplengold1 - 8 months ago
Really excited for this , I know it's not a great matchup, but knowing how great of a spot we could be in at 10-2 going into conference play really pumps me up.
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theronswanson - 8 months ago
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JOB made strides last year when he learned to pass out if double teams. I'm hoping he continues to improve his passing but really just improve his footwork so he doesn't travel quite as much.


Oh no doubt he improved his passing, but I am talking about his ability to pass out of a one on one matchup or a late double team. When he dribbles and starts to attack the rim, he doesn't pass out of it, even if there is a late double team. If he added that to his arsenal and improved his footwork, JOBIII would be un-stopp-able.
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