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Northwestern State Demons (1-0) @ LSU Tigers (0-1) When:
Saturday, Nov 16th 7:00pm (ct) Where:
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215, 47th largest D1) How:
After LSU’s opening season loss to UMASS, the Tiger’s look to bounce back in their home opener against instate Northwestern State. The Demons gave LSU a battle last season falling just short 95 to 102. LSU struggled to stop Northwestern’s post play with 6’7” DeQuan Hicks (returning) scoring 28 and 6’8” James Hublin (graduated) scoring 29. Anthony Hickey was able to score 21 but was notched out by Shavon Coleman who scored 22 points in the victory.
Northwestern St takes on Auburn Friday night before a quick turnaround playing the Tigers, however, similar to LSU they play enough people to keep fresh. In their first game of the season, the Demon’s played 10 players fourteen minutes or more. They also shot an astonishing 86% free throw percentage(30/35). However, a hole in their game seems evident as the Demon’s missed all 17 of their three point attempts.
Northwestern State plays fast. How fast? Well, they were 2nd fastest in the NCAA last season. They averaged only 14.8 seconds per possession. LSU averaged 17.3 seconds per possession. It will be important for LSU to recognize that and get back on defense. Whether it’s after a long rebound or after a made basket, Northwestern State will try and catch LSU out of position.
6’8” Marvin Frazier was able to protect the lane for the Demon’s similar to LSU’s Jordan Mickey with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. It will be interesting to see if the Demon’s can beat the Auburn Tigers Friday night. Either way, Northwestern State will be a test for the Tigers. Keys to the game: Foul Trouble
Obvious? Sure. Important? Immensely. LSU committed 29 fouls in their first game. Northwestern St forced 27 themselves. Add on the fact that the Demon’s are a very good free throw shooting team, and this may be the way Northwestern State can pull the upset. Win the Turnover Battle
In last season’s game, both teams committed 21 turnovers. LSU will need to protect the ball while figuring out how to take it away from Northwestern without fouling. Hickey and Malik Morgan both had 5 steals in last year’s contest. Johnny O’Bryant
In last season’s contest, O’Bryant only played 19 minutes before fouling out. The pace forced him to make too many fouls. He will be LSU’s biggest advantage as long as he keeps his head in the game and hustles. No fouls around the perimeter JOB! It would also help if he could clean up some turnover issues he has displayed early this season. Prediction:
LSU 99, Northwestern St 74