New Orleans Privateers (colors: blue and white) Where:
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215, 47th largest NCAA) When:
Tuesday 11/19/13, 7pm (ct) How:
Tickets are available starting at $6 for adults and children under three are free of charge. LSU Students are admitted to the student section free at the upstairs student gate. There will be free giveaways for students sitting in the Roar Zone.
LSU plays host to the UNO Privateers at 7pm Tuesday night. LSU is coming off a home win against Northwestern St, while UNO won their only game of the season against Div III foe Millsaps 81-45. LSU currently is #1 in College basketball in team rebounds with 53.5 per game and offensive rebounds with 21.5 per game.
UNO will start five players over 6 feet tall. While they aren't big in the post with players ranging from 6'7" - 6'8", UNO brings good length on the perimeter with 6'4" and 6'5" off-guards.
UNO will have their hands full with LSU's post duo of Jordan Mickey and Johnny O'Bryant. Both have two straight double double's and Jordan Mickey was named SEC Freshman of the week for his two performances. Anthony Hickey has given LSU an impressive boost off the bench as well averaging 13.5 points per game, 6.5 assists per game, and 3 steals per game.
For the third straight game, LSU plays a team who will use speed and depth to run with the ball. UNO played 12 players more than 7 minutes in their first game and 15 total. Only 1 player for UNO is under 6 foot tall.
In their first game, UNO shot 39% from three point land (7/18), 47% from two point range (21/45) and 49% from the charity stripe (18/37). They committed 23 fouls and had 16 turnovers. They had a +4 rebound margin.
LSU has shot 32% from three point land, 48% from inside the arc, and 61% from the free throw line. Against Northwestern St, LSU only committed 14 fouls but had trouble protecting the ball turning it over 22 times. Keys to the Game:
LSU shouldn't have trouble winning this game, but they need to work on protecting the ball. Turnovers have been an issue, especially in the post.
LSU needs to improve shooting percentages. That means getting to the basket. With LSU's athleticism, they should not settle for jump shots as much.
Free throw shooting MUST improve. 61% needs to become 70%+. It will be necessary later on this season. Predictions:
Score: LSU 88, UNO 67
Stringer 20+ pts
Hickey 7+ assists
JOB & Mickey Double Doubles (Mickey comes a few blocks short of triple double)
Shortess (walkon) knocks down a trey.
JOB throws down a "Shaq Dunk" with his knees into a players chest. Week 1 Highlights: Video Link