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LSU (15-8,6-6) @ Tennessee (14-10,6-6) - TUE 6:00pm - ESPNU


Who: LSU Tigers (15-8,6-6) @ Tennessee Volunteers (14-10,6-6)
When: Tuesday, Feb 19th - 6:00PM
Where: Thompson Boling Arena (21,678 - 5th NCAA)
How:
TV: ESPNU
Radio: 98.1FM
Stream: WatchESPN.com


LSU goes to Tennessee for a huge matchup against the surging Volunteers. Both teams are playing some of the better ball in the SEC right now. Tennessee comes off a 30 point victory over then #25 Kentucky, while LSU is coming into Thompson Boling winners of five out of their last six. The teams are tied for 7th place in the SEC and are both looking to improve their stance before the SEC tournament in mid March.



The most intriguing matchup in this one will be down low where we are sure to see a battle between LSU's Johnny O'Bryant and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes. It will be interesting to see how Tennessee handles Andrew Del Piero, who had a career high 13 point Saturday night. If they leave Stokes on ADP, that leaves 6'6" 188 pound Richardson to guard the 260+ pound O'Bryant. The better option is for Tennessee to use Richardson on Del Piero, but that could really setup the Tubaman to have a solid performance.

Tennessee uses Trae Golden as a penetrating point guard. Tennessee is near the bottom of the NCAA in assist numbers and like to take everyone off the dribble. While their assist numbers are down, their free throw numbers are very high. They shoot over 22 free throws per game, twice as many as LSU. Another interesting stat for Tennessee is their lack of steals. They only average 4 per game as a team, and noone averages over 1 per game. LSU has four players averaging over one per game and Hickey averages 3.3 per game, nearly as many as Tennessee as a team!

Tennessee has struggled to score much of the year, but much of that can be partially due to a very slow pace they normally play with. Earlier in the season they lost back to back games to Georgetown and Virginia by scores of (37-36) and (46-38), but they did score 88 on Kentucky Saturday. Obviously, Tennessee is a team that can play very solid ball, but have struggled at times. Which team will show up Tuesday? Noone knows.


For explanation of SoS Rating click HERE.

Stokes comes into this one with the highest Adjusted and Unadjusted SoS scores. He is a monster down low and it will be more than interesting to see how each team's coach plays down low. LSU may hold the wild card in the deck with the emergence of 7'3" center Andrew Del Piero who is a major matchup problem for Tennessee. We will probably see more Temi Makanjuola (6'9" 250 So) and Kenny Hall (6'9" 230 Sr) than usual with the 7'3" body in the game. Del Piero has been able to make some good offensive moves against 6'7" and below defenders so Tennessee may have to revamp their lineup to combat him.

LSU must also contain the play of Trae Golden who has been an unheralded SEC star this season. His 11 points and 4 assists are good, but he has come up big when needed this season. He went for 24 points and 8 assists versus Kentucky Saturday and looks to stay hot. Interesting note, while Tennesse is a predominantly driving team, 6'3" guard, Skylar McBee is a serious jump shooter. He has attempted 111 three point baskets and only 13 two point baskets.



Continuing to look ahead to the SEC Tournament, it is obvious how important the LSU vs Tenn game is for seeding. Both sit in great position to make a move into the top part of the SEC with a strong finish. Missouri playing Florida means, the winner of our game would probably tie Missouri for 6th place. Arkansas at home most likely means they will get the win, but watch out for South Carolina at home against Ole Miss. They have struggled lately. An Ole Miss loss this week would really hurt their chances of a 2 round bye (top 4) in the SEC Tournament.

Alabama who struggled in pre-SEC play, can get their 10th win of the SEC season with a victory over Mississippi State at home. They come to the PMAC Saturday for a rematch of last weeks game played in Tuscaloosa. The middle of the SEC is very tight right now and anyone who gets hot and makes a run could really climb in the standings. Both LSU and Tennessee look to be candidates of doing this so this game could prove to be vital to the success of either club.

Prediction:
LSU 65, Tennessee 68







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geauxtigers585
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LSU 70, Tenn 65





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volfan30
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My guess is Tennessee will go with
Golden
McRae
Richardson
Stokes
Hall

Richardson on Hickey
Golden on Stringer
McRae on Carmouche
Stokes on JOB
Hall on Del Piero






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RA'd for sticky







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where we are sure to see a battle between LSU's Johnny O'Bryant and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes.
Can't wait






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I definitely think yall will have to go with Hall because ADP. I normally use whatever the team's been going with for my projected lineups.

Still think it will be great seeing the two bigs (Stokes and JOB) down low.






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LSU just boarded their flight to Tennessee! Can't wait for this one. Hope I'm wrong and LSU can pull the upset!





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Richardson on Hickey


Is he quick enough to keep up with hickey?






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Yep. Tennessee benched Hall for Vandy and Kentucky due to their small lineups. I'd say he'll be back in there for this one. Richardson usually checks the opposing team's PG, as he is easily our best on-ball defender, far better than Golden.





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Richardson on Hickey
Golden on Stringer


Does Richardson normally guard opponents PG? I know 100% Hickey will be on Golden. He needs to be wherever the ball is most. His hands are so fast and will turn over even the best point guards a couple times per game with his hand quickness.






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LSU's Johnny O'Bryant and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes


The main reason I'll be watching the game






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Does Richardson normally guard opponents PG?


Yes. He usually guards the PG unless the other team has an elite scorer/shooter.

Last year he took John Jenkins, Doron Lamb, Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb, etc. He did not guard M. Henderson though against Ole Miss in either game which was a huge mistake by C. Martin imo.

Unless Golden/McRae are having trouble with an LSU wing, Richardson will probably be on Stringer.






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Richardson will probably be on Stringer.


Guessing you meant Hickey. Sounds good. It will be interesting to see how that works. Hickey hasn't been a scorer lately, but he still runs the offense. I'll be interested if they move Richardson onto Carmouche who had 21 on Saturday. He makes shots for himeself even more than Hickey does.

Hickey is such a bad FT shooter he doesn't really get into the lane very often. LSU is a pass and pop type team, which is why we have such a high assist %. We had 24 assists on 30 baskets on Saturday and that is pretty normal.



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*Hickey





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FIrst line is out... (Tenn -7) I said 7.5 and I think it moves that way pretty soon. I like LSU +7 but certainly will be a tough game to win.





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I know this is off topic South, but since we just beat them, did you see State suspended ANOTHER player. down to 5 guys on scholarship apparently





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This is going to be a tough one. Would speak volumes if we pulled this one off.





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I know this is off topic South, but since we just beat them, did you see State suspended ANOTHER player. down to 5 guys on scholarship apparently


Wow. I didn't see that. I guess there's nothing for State to lose... They already suck. Might was well keep order.







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