Basketball Begins Road Swing at Texas A&M
Communications Sr. Associate
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The LSU men’s basketball team looks to add road wins to its resume’ when it travels twice this week, starting with a Wednesday night game here at Reed Arena as the Tigers take on the Texas A&M Aggies in a Southeastern Conference basketball contest.
The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. and will be shown on CSS/CST in their regional areas and on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app with Matt Stewart and Daymeon Fishback on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM, Baton Rouge; KSYL 970 AM, Alexandria; WBOX 92.9 FM, Bogalusa; KFNV 107.1 FM, Ferriday; KJIN 1490 AM/KCIL 96.7 FM, Houma; KJNA 102.7 FM, Jena; KLWB 103.7 FM, Lafayette; KXZZ 1580 AM, Lake Charles; KJAE 93.5 FM, Leesville; KMLB 540 AM, Monroe; KFRA 1390AM, Morgan City; KWLV 107.1 FM Natchitoches; WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM, New Orleans; KRUS 1490 AM, Ruston; KWKH 1130 AM, Shreveport; KTJZ 97.5 FM, Tallulah; WFCG 107.3 FM, Tylertown, MS; KVPI 1050 AM, Ville Platte) with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and studio host Kevin Ford.
The game audio is also available in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.
LSU comes into the contest off an 87-80 win over Auburn Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a record of 15-7, 6-4 in the SEC, in a tie for fourth entering Tuesday’s games with Georgia and Tennessee. A&M is at 13-10 overall and 4-6 in the league in a tie for eighth with Arkansas and Missouri.
LSU will be looking for its third road win of the season, having won in December at Texas Tech and winning its first SEC road game in January at South Carolina. The Tigers will be looking to avoid a repeat of last Thursday when Georgia shot 60 percent from the field and LSU found itself in foul trouble from the beginning in a 91-78 loss.
But LSU rebounded last Saturday with both Johnny O’Bryant III (19-10) and Jordan Mickey (14-10) recording double doubles and Anthony Hickey hitting five treys in scoring 17 and Andre Stringer getting 7 assists in an 18-point night.
The only downside to the win was that LSU lost sophomore guard Malik Morgan for the remainder of the 2014 season with a right leg injury that required surgery on Monday evening.
A&M last week split games, defeated Mississippi State (72-52) in College Station before falling at Georgia on Saturday, 62-50. The Aggies have lost six of its last seven games with five of those on the road. Jamal Jones had 17 points to lead A&M against Georgia, and he is the only Aggie averaging in double figures at 12.0 points a game. He averages 15.1 points in SEC games.
“I know we need to have one more point Wednesday,” LSU Coach Johnny Jones said of winning on the road. “That’s the important thing for us. We want to make sure that we play well in the process. It’s not just the score. We really have to play the game. This time of year, you really want to be improving as a team and looking the part. Whatever that score may be, you are going to play opponents and they are doing the same thing. You are not sneaking up on anybody. You are going to get their best shot. It’s like you’ve arrived and it’s not an easy scouting report. People know who you are; they know who you’re bringing in; they know your team; they know your players, and they know that they have to play at a certain level to win. We’ve run up against that against certain teams, and we’ve caught team’s best efforts on certain nights.”
O’Bryant III leads LSU with an average of 15.6 points per game, 16.6 ppg in league play, while Mickey averages a consistent 13.6 overall and 13.8 points in SEC competition.
The Tigers will come home briefly to spend Thursday and Friday mid-day in Baton Rouge before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., for a 4 p.m. CST game Saturday on ESPNU against the Arkansas Razorbacks. LSU defeated Arkansas two Saturday ago, 88-74, in Baton Rouge. LSU’s next home game is not until Feb. 19 when the Tigers host Mississippi State on SECTV at 7 p.m. Tickets for that game are available at LSUtix.net.
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