BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers, undefeated in its four games, looks to continue to move forward with its biggest test to date, facing Seton Hall to conclude the first night of the SEC-BIG EAST Challenge in a game to be played at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The game, the final of four around the country on the first of three days and 12 games of competition between the two leagues, is set to tip at just after 8:30 p.m. CST and will be televised nationally over ESPNU. The radio broadcast will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Tickets are available at LSUtix.net and beginning one hour prior to tip at the upper concourse ticket windows of the Maravich Center. Fulltime LSU students received free admission with a valid school ID. Two lucky fans will each win a pair of tickets to the upcoming LSU Football Bowl game, while there will be a $250 cash giveaway at halftime to two lucky students attending the game. Also the first 500 students who come through the gate and have their ID scanned will receive a free order of nachos from Tiger Concessions.
Seton Hall comes into the game with a 5-1 record after a 76-61 win over Saint Peters as Fuquan Edwin had 25 points and Eugene Teague had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Pirates only loss was to Washington on Nov. 17 in overtime, 84-73, in a game played as part of the 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
LSU comes into the game off a 75-50 win over Mississippi Valley State in which Shavon Coleman had his second double double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnny O'Bryant II had his third career double up with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Andre Stringer had 14 points, for his first double figure game of the season and first-time starter Shane Hammink had 12 points.
"The good thing about our schedule so far is that we've been able to get through games," said LSU first-year head coach Johnny Jones. "We've made some mistakes. At the same time we've been able to finish up strong with the ability afterwards to go back, look at the tape and have an opportunity to clean things up.
"We look forward to a great challenge with Seton Hall. They are very talented with some skilled guys," Jones said. "The team won 21 games last year, and it will be a tough test for us during this early part of the season. It's something that we look forward to, and we look forward to the type of challenge that they will present here on Thursday."
LSU is 1-1 SEC-BIG EAST Challenge games, winning last year in the first year of the 12-team format, 55-50, at Rutgers. The SEC won 4 of 12 games a year ago. In 2007, the inaugural year of the four game invitational, LSU lost to Villanova by one point in a game played in Philadelphia.
This will be the first ever meeting between LSU and Seton Hall and LSU's last game before a lengthy break for Final Exams. LSU's next game after Thursday is on Dec. 11 against Chattanooga.
The Pirates have three double figures scorers in their expected lineup with Edwin averaging 19.7 points a game, Teague 13.3 and Aaron Crosby 11.4. Coleman leads LSU in scoring at 17.3 points per game with JOB III at 12.3 points per contest. Both are averaging 8.0 rebounds a game.
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