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Preview: Vanderbilt (9-6,1-2) @ LSU (10-5,1-2) - Sat 8:00 - ESPNU

Who: Vanderbilt Commodores @ LSU Tigers
When: Saturday, January 18th - 8:00PM
Where: PMAC (13,215 - 46th NCAA)
How: TV: ESPNU, Radio: 98.1FN, Stream: ESPN3.com


After going one and one on their two game road trip, LSU comes home to play a depleted Vanderbilt team on Saturday night on ESPNU. Vanderbilt beat Missouri Thursday night by three to claim their first SEC win. In the game, Vandy played three players the entire 40 minutes. They only played 7 players in the game. If there was ever a time for Coach Jones to pull out the press and try to speed the game up, this is it.

In their game with Missouri, Their 1-3 stayed on the floor for all 69 possessions. They combined for 12 of 28 three pointers and 13 of 15 free throws. LSU will have to do a better job on the perimeter trio. The rest of their team only scored 21 total points (Out of 78).

LSU needs to get their post players involved. Ole Miss was able to keep LSU out of the post using a 2-3 zone. Vanderbilt plays almost exclusively man to man so we will see if they make an adjustment to defend a post reliant LSU team.



Vanderbilt's depleted lineup stems from the loss of 6'11" Josh Henderson (torn ACL) and leading scorer Eric McClellan (dismissed from team). It has left an already thin roster in meager shape. Still, they defeated a good Missouri team Thursday night and can bring it from the perimeter similarly to Ole Miss.

LSU must execute their offense better in the half court or get after Vanderbilt who has been prone to turning it over in conference play. They are 12th in turnovers in conference games and have been one of the poorer rebounding teams thru the first 3 games.

Jordan Mickey and Johnny O'Bryant will be looking for redemption after a very poor performance by the two post players and their opportunities may be easier to find this game.

An even bigger question to be answered is how Coach Jones reacts to a team as thin as Vanderbilt. The Commodores tempo of 64.4 possessions per game is slow and LSU cannot let Vanderbilt slow this game down. LSU would rather reckless running to methodically efficient in this one just to ware out the perimeter guys.

The Tigers are desperate for a big win after such a letdown on the road and I hope the players react better than they did against Tennessee after a poor loss to URI.

Prediction:
LSU 75, Vanderbilt 62

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Ignignot - 8 months ago
When you look at the definition of must win, this game is there.
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mcneil912 - 8 months ago
On espnews
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bubbz - 8 months ago
Game on ESPNews
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Tiger Ugly - 8 months ago
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Its because our post players(one player in particular)are going half speed with their cuts which totally cloggs up the middle. Its impossible to get any offense going when that happens. When our big guys are moving, the ball gets spread around the court and we usually end up with a good shot.


Then let's get their arse moving. we're damn near halfway through the season and we're still doing the same undisciplined and unsound things we've been doing all year, and of late it seems even more often.

I've seen all these kids do good things indivifually. We need to get them doing it collectively and consistently.

Every team gets a bad stretch but time to end ours. We may not be an elite team, but we're better than this....let's go.
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Alt26 - 8 months ago
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If you look at our schedule it sets up nice for a run for the next 5 games or so. I feel like these guys have to have some pride in them.


After Vandy LSU gets Mizzou at home who is talented but a team that has been VERY up and down. When they're on, they're tough. When they're not, you get last night. After that is a trip to Bama where even in LSU's recent good/great years has been a place where the Tigers simply do not play well. You follow that up with UK and Ark at home. We know about UK, and Ark is talented as well (though they generally struggle mightily on the road) Finally, LSU is at UGA (another generally tough spot for LSU) who has already shown they can win as an underdog in the SEC.

I wouldn't say the next 5 games set up for a nice run, as none of them will be games where LSU is a susbtantial favorite. However they are 5 games that will present this team with the opportunity to change the current perception of the team in a hurry. Run the table in the next 5-6 games and people will quickly forget the OM and UT losses.
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SouthOfSouth - 8 months ago
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You know what's sad South? There are very few fans that still believe in the season like you and I. I'm almost afraid of what the attendance will be like Saturday night. Playing a bad Vandy team after the Ole Miss loss and our last home game was a blow out...it literally scares me how bad the atmosphere will be.


It is really tough to win on the road and LSU almost just went 2-0 on the road trip. Ole Miss isn't a bad team.

People are upset about the way we have closed out games - totally legitimate. We have been bad closing out games.

People have been upset about coaching - Honestly, yea there's some coaching things I have issues with.

People have been upset with the demeanor that JOB plays with - Totally legitimate. He looks like he doesn't want to play if he's not scoring a basket a minute.

Still, the team has a lot to play for. Im worried for the conference because noone wants to pull ahead besides Florida. This conference could get 1-3 teams into the tournament when we were hoping for 5 just a few weeks ago. But with Tennessee losing to A&M, Missouri choking and LSU playing like this... Shoot Kentucky could lose a few and we could be a 1 team conference which would be a monumental fail.
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BigEdLSU - 8 months ago
Hammink has vastly improved his defense I want to see more of him on hot shooters.
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OC504 - 8 months ago
Good EFFORT!!!
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Bonjourno - 8 months ago
JOB bringing the aggression tonight. Bout time
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LSURussian - 8 months ago
I'm switching back & forth between LSU/Vandy and UConn/Louisville.

The difference between the talent in the two games is like watching a college game on one channel and the NBA on the other.

Maybe one day, Tiger fans.......:casty:
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cj35 - 8 months ago
So many of these players have awful technique when shooting FTs. :dunno:
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Benw225 - 8 months ago
Damn good crowd here in the PMAC tonight :geauxtigers:

Free throws though :banghead:
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meaux5 - 8 months ago
need to make those FT's
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BowDownToLSU - 8 months ago
Free throws : : :banghead:
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cj35 - 8 months ago
Thanks :cheers:
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cj35 - 8 months ago
What time is tipoff?
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Jrv2damac - 8 months ago
Well, here we go again
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bobbyleewilliams - 8 months ago
Just win, baby! :geauxtigers: :dude:
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jefforize - 8 months ago
Checkin in at the pmac

let's do work sons
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Bonjourno - 8 months ago
Are we gonna have to watch the rest of this game :banghead:
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TH03 - 8 months ago
is the game going to start on another channel since this bull shite is running over?
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OC504 - 8 months ago
LET'S GEAUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:dude: :dude: :dude: :geauxtigers: :nana: :nana: :nana: :geauxtigers: :geauxtigers: :geauxtigers: :geauxtigers: :nana: :nana:
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purplengold1 - 8 months ago
Pumped to be back in the PMAC! Me plus three!
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meauxses - 8 months ago
I'll be there. Bringing a few friends, hope everyone else does the same.
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themunch - 8 months ago
:geauxtigers:
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