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Hoops: LSU (15-8, 6-5) @ Arkansas (15-9, 4-7) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU

Who: Arkansas Razorbacks
When: Saturday, February 15 - 4PM
Where: Bud Walton Arena (19,200 - 10th NCAA)
How: TV:ESPNU, RADIO:98.1FM, STREAM:ESPN3.com

After a bitter defeat to Texas A&M on Wednesday night, LSU remains on the road and goes to the always tough Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas played Thursday night at Missouri and lost 86-85 in a thriller. Arkansas is one of the fastest paced teams in the NCAA averaging 73 possessions per game. On offense, they average only 15.1 seconds per possession. On defense, they force the most turnovers in the SEC.

LSU is going to have to figure out their defense. They have allowed teams to score almost at will lately. In their last six games they have given up 83, 80, 91, 74, 82, and 82. They are 3-3 over that stretch winning their 3 home games and losing their 3 road games.

Arkansas has 3 double figure scorers; 13.2PPG for Bobby Portis (6'10" 242 Fr), 12.9PPG for Rashad Madden (6'5" 180 Jr), and 11.4PPG for Michael Qualls (6'6" 210 So). Qualls is their 6th man off the bench. Arkansas' starting lineup has two 6'2" guards, a 6'5" wing and post players standing 6'7" 232 and 6'10" 242. As a team they shoot a respectable 35.7% from three point range however, in SEC play they have only shot 42.3% from two point range which is worst in the SEC.

This is a game where LSU has to get out on shooters. These two played against each other in Baton Rouge with LSU winning 88-74, but Arkansas is a different team at home. In the first meeting, it was the Johnny and Jordan show as both Mickey and O'Bryant scored over 20 points and had over 9 rebounds. Neither got into foul trouble and played 69 minutes combined(out of 80 possible). It will take an effort like that on offense, with the defense playing much better for LSU to win.

Keys to the Game

Turnovers LSU doesn't have to win the turnover battle, but they can't let it get out of hand. Arkansas is #1 in SEC in turnovers forced and #1 in protecting the ball.

Fouls There is 1 way to stop Jordan Mickey and Johnny O'Bryant; get them in foul trouble. LSU has to keep their play makers on the court.

Defense As obvious as this one is, LSU MUST play better on defense. They didn't allow nearly as many perimeter guys to get inside versus Texas A&M, but they left shooters open for three. Arkansas shoots that shot well so they cannot leave guys open.

Prediction:
Arkansas 85, LSU 81
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

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mattgr1983 - 8 months ago
MUST win. Lets do this...
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Britgirl - 8 months ago
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Martin for all of his press clippings is one of the worst passers ever. Even our veterans like Stringer and Coleman have done some of the most inexplicable things.


Shavon seems to be playing angry and a bit out of control lately. I think frustration has set in for him, he's an emotional player. jOB is driving me nuts because he's a bad passer too from inside. The whole offense is through him, an inside out offense, but he doesn't kick it out when he's in trouble. He can fight his way through when 2x ,sometimes, but. he's too slow to react when the 2x or 3x team is coming. Always wants to put in the ball on the floor 1st.
I've seen him either stripped or lose control of the ball too many times. This uses valuable time on the shot clock so makes it difficult for guards to reset the offense. This is why they hurl up the 3 so many times.IMO. It 's also one of the main sources of turnovers,

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but maybe there is something to those who think a little yelling from CJJ might help?


I've thought this for a while. I'm not sure if it's really in his personality. One of the assistant coaches could perhaps take on that role?
I posted on another thread that disciplining players by sitting them during the game if they're not putting out effort or making defensive mistakes. Give them a talking to (not Bobby Knight style!) or explain the mistake. Keep them sitting during offense. Do it a couple of times if necessary. Players always want to be on the court, so denying them this may send a strong message and motivate them..
It also gives bench players a chance to get out there and try to prove themselves, competition is also a big motivator for those guys.
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mcneil912 - 8 months ago
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Thurber - 8 months ago
Pig roast this afternoon in Fayetteville :geauxtigers:
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BCMCubs - 8 months ago
Bounce back Tigers
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Thurber - 8 months ago
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CarterWilson717 - 8 months ago
Hope we can pull this out. Us beating Kentucky and Arkansas would look good on the résumé.
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Tiger in NY - 8 months ago
I'm in. Please don't ruin my day Tigers! this win would be more important than the TAMU loss. Let's get it!
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Jim Rockford - 8 months ago
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thunderbird1100 - 8 months ago
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LSU needs two more wins to get into the tourny. Today isn't required, but it would help.


Can you expand on this? We really cant afford but maybe 1 more loss from here on out to have a chance for the tourney sans winning SECT.
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HailHailtoMichigan! - 8 months ago
LSU needs two more wins to get into the tourny. Today isn't required, but it would help.
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Tom Bronco - 8 months ago
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For the first time, I felt like our team wasn't using as much effort to play as we were to travel to see them.
It is baffling isn't it? There has been a nonchalance about this team all year. It is almost like they expect their press clips to win games instead of their effort. They either seem in way too much of a hurry or not enough. We have had more careless passes thrown this year than I have ever seen before. They don't always turn into turnovers but there is just no excuse. Martin for all of his press clippings is one of the worst passers ever. Even our veterans like Stringer and Coleman have done some of the most inexplicable things. For a team with such a big front line our interior defense and rebounding disappear sometimes. I hate to criticize a coach who has brought us from the depths but maybe there is something to those who think a little yelling from CJJ might help?
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thunderbird1100 - 8 months ago
Is anyone that confident we win today? I mean we need this one desperately, but at Arky and Arky playing well recently it's hard to convince myself we win this one.

NO matter what for us to have a chance Mickey and JOB III especially HAS to stay out on the floor and impose their will.
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Alt26 - 8 months ago
Joe Lundardi called one of LSU's best games this year (vs. St. Joe's). He's a bit higher on LSU than others.
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T - 8 months ago
LSU in with a win per Joe Lunardi on twitter.
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cj35 - 8 months ago
Arky plays sloppy and LSU squeaks one out on the road.

LSU 75
Arky 72
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Tiger Ugly - 8 months ago
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Defense As obvious as this one is, LSU MUST play better on defense. They didn't allow nearly as many perimeter guys to get inside versus Texas A&M, but they left shooters open for three. Arkansas shoots that shot well so they cannot leave guys open.


A familiar refrain SOS. I can't believe we can't find a way to get better defensive efforts, but we just can't. It's very frustrating and disappointing..

And honestly, we haven't IMHO played a decent road game yet this year. Even our two lone road victories have been very shakey.

Not much confidence that we can turn either around but let's play the game and see what happens.

Arkansas 86-77, but sure hope I'm wrong.
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Cool J - 8 months ago
LSU +5 1/2 their biggest dog of the season so far home or away. Of couse it will be more when they visit KY and FL. Funny vegas had the Tigers road favorites in their last two. I guess they realized how wrong they were.
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MrPackSix - 8 months ago
Won't bother watching then because I've seen too much LSU road basketball this year :yack: :yack:
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EastBankTiger - 8 months ago
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A betting Man would pick Ark. To win no matter the spread.


Pig Sooie is a 5 point favorite. I was a bit surprised to see that, even knowing that LSU has been arse on the road lately. I haven't seen a total posted yet but I've noticed that LSU's last 9 games have gone OVER.
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mmcgrath - 8 months ago
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I don't the the lack of a "second unit" has anything to do with it. LSU has an 8 man rotation which isn't unusual in college basketball. It's not common for a team to be able to go 10 deep without a significant drop in talent. Have you seen Malone and Odo play? It's like they are in a competition to see who can foul out the fastest.

There's a difference between making a smart play to avoid a foul, and getting screened an just watching your man go by you with no attempt to recover. Or watching a shooter catch as a pass and not even try to get a hand in his face. I watched Martin get screened the other night and literally just stand behind the screener while the guy he was guarding canned an uncontested 3. He made no effort to fight through the screen and close out on the shooter.


You have to watch the first half minutes!

In the A&M game, Mickey played the entire first half and Martin played 19 / 20 minutes. The damage is done to 2 of your best big guys. If JOB doesn't get into foul trouble, no telling how many minutes he plays.

Especially when you are pushing the pace early in games, you MUST rest your big men. cJJ only has one consistent player off of the bench in Stringer... and he primarily subs for Coleman and gives Hickey a couple of minutes of rest.

Mickey cannot play 40 minutes. So why would you play him 20 minutes in the first half??? And Martin 19???

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RedTigerRulz - 8 months ago
06.....you can get pissed at the guy for calling a loss tomorrow but this team has given us ABSOLUTELY no reason to believe they are going to do anything different than what we've previously seen on the road. I want a win in the the worst way but.....at BW....on the road......with this porous D....shite!!!! This cud b a corn holing of epic proportion!

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Britgirl - 8 months ago
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I will go down supporting this team until the end. Let's get this road win and move forward.


Me too!

But I traveled to A&M and felt so let down. My husband and I try to support our team by going to away games as much as poss. For the first time, I felt like our team wasn't using as much effort to play as we were to travel to see them.

Let's use the man-man defense, our small backcourt are great on-ball defenders in that situation. Use our personnel in a way that suits their advantages.

Get passionate players/coaches!


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DrD - 8 months ago
A betting Man would pick Ark. To win no matter the spread. LSU has got to turn the corner sooner or later. They are way too talented to continue to lose every away game. LSU 84 ARK 83. Geaux Tigers!
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lwlsu96 - 8 months ago
Haiku has been fricking us lately :lol:
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