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LSU 79 vs Bethune-Cookman 63 - VICTORY 9-2 going into SEC play


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The LSU Tigers (8-2) take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (5-9) in the teams last out of conference game until postseason play. The Wildcats were 3 points away from making the NCAA tournament last season as they went down in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship game to Norfolk St 73-70. There only remains a skeleton of that team that graduated 3 seniors. They still have 3 prominent seniors playing this year, and have kept every loss but one (Pitt 89-40) close.

While they are a challenge, they will not be able to hurt LSU inside like some teams have been able to do. B-C has one 6'7" player and three 6'6" players. They are small. We will however see a very different pace from what LSU likes to play. Bethune Cookman will try to slow the pace down to a crawl. They have help opponents to under 75 in 9 of their 14 games mostly due to a very slow pace.



LSU will more than likely be out with Johnny O'Bryant who hasn't practiced since the Marquette game on December 22nd. I think O'Bryant will be ready for Auburn on the 9th though. Coach Jones also said Hickey will be available. "Anthony (Hickey) has been practicing with us. He has been giving us a great effort. I look forward to getting him back on the floor on Saturday. I know he will have a smooth transition back out there on the floor. I know that it's something that he's looking forward to as well."

In Johnny O'Bryant's absence the Tigers will be able to continue to test the abilities of Jalen Courtney who took advantage of his playing time against Houston Baptist giving the Tigers 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 23 minutes (Adj SoS 49.94). If Courtney can emerge as a legitimate post player, it would bode very well for LSU going into SEC play. He has the size required at 6'8" and he has added some good weight over the off-season.



While trying to find another post presence is important, Shavon Coleman should get the start down low alongside Del Piero. Andrew Del Piero has done well against smaller defenders this season and could be poised for a good game. Coleman has been very consistent and recorded his 4th double-double of the season against Houston Baptist.

I think Bethune Cookman will have their hands full against the Tigers, but they have been able to give teams a tough game all season long. While I think LSU is going to be able to run away with this one a bit, it could be close early in the second half.

Prediction:
LSU 79, Bethune Cookman 63



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thunderbird1100
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re: LSU 79 vs Bethune-Cookman 63 - VICTORY 9-2 going into SEC play


I think Del Piero gets double digits this game

Starting lineup?

Hickey
Stringer
Carmouche
Coleman
Del Piero

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quote:

Hickey
Stringer
Carmouche
Coleman
Del Piero


That's my guess. Possibly a spot start for Malik over Stringer but I doubt it. I do think we see some more Courtney after his game last week. I'd imagine the post rotation looks like:

Courtney: 23min
Del Piero: 18min
Coleman: 25min
Ludwig: 14min

Guard rotation should be back to normal. Alot of minutes for Hickey and Stringer with the rest sharing the others.






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I always appreciate these write-ups.







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Nice write up as always South. As someone still in college I'm not to keen on this 12:30 start time





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As someone still in college I'm not to keen on this 12:30 start time


What?!?! You can watch the game then go straight to pregaming for the night. With the late games its already time to go out when you leave... But I kinda wish it was later too.






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What?!?! You can watch the game then go straight to pregaming for the night.


That's fair, except I'm having people over to my place that night, so pregaming and drinking for the night are all rolled into one.






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re: LSU 79 vs Bethune-Cookman 63 - VICTORY 9-2 going into SEC play


It seems as though we should win handily by 25 or 30 but we tend to play down to the opposition. Kind of like the football team. So maybe a 17 point win with Del Piero getting double figures for the first time.





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It seems as though we should win handily by 25 or 30 but we tend to play down to the opposition. Kind of like the football team. So maybe a 17 point win with Del Piero getting double figures for the first time.


Yea, I havent seen this team really demoralize a team yet. They tend to play between 10-20 against these type of teams. The only good team they've played they lost by 49 but the rest have been within 15 or so. I'd like to think we could kill them, and with Johnny O'Bryant we may have a better chance at doing so, but I'd be happy with a 20 pt win. As long as the team continues to improve. I'd love to see Courtney get some minutes.

It has seemed that since Jones has been here Courtney hasnt really been given a chance in a game until this past week where he did very well. We will see if it earns him some more time.






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BAD NEWS EVERYONE!!!!

Josh Badeaux will not be available for the game tomorrow due to a dislocated finger.



Badeaux has played in 4 games averaging 1.8 minutes, 0 points, 0.25 rebounds, 0 assists, and 0 steals.



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Random question: what happened to Dave Jackson? Only reason I ask is because two of my brothers went to HS with him for a while and I noticed he wasn't on the bench for HBU and is no longer listed on the roster. Guess he quit?





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I hadn't noticed. It is possible with the addition of John Odo that we needed to lose 1 player. I am not 100% sure on that. I will try and find out.





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Josh Badeaux will not be available for the game tomorrow due to a dislocated finger.









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Unfortunately for him, it was probably the last game he could get a few minutes in. He dislocated it at practice today. Not a happy camper.


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Random question: what happened to Dave Jackson? Only reason I ask is because two of my brothers went to HS with him for a while and I noticed he wasn't on the bench for HBU and is no longer listed on the roster. Guess he quit?


Tigerfan, I just got an answer from Kent Lowe. He "Left team to concentrate on academics".






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I'll be there





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Love the avatar.






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Gotcha, I figured it might be something like that. Not like he was gonna play much the rest of this year anyways.





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