BATON ROUGE - Coming off one of its best offensive performances of the year in an 84-82 road win over Mississippi State on Wednesday, the improving LSU men's basketball team looks to continue moving forward when its hosts nationally-ranked Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon to highlight "LSU Basketball Fan Appreciation Day" at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Fan Day Activities begin at 11 a.m. outside the arena on the PMAC Plaza with the game tipping at 12:47 p.m. on the SEC Network. Louisiana affiliates are: Alexandria - KLAX; Baton Rouge - WAFB; Lafayette - KADN; Lake Charles - KVHP; New Orleans - WUPL; Shreveport - KMSS. The game will be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WTGE New Country 100.7 FM The Tiger in Baton Rouge) and at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Tickets for the game are just $5 and available online at www.LSUtix.net and beginning at 11 a.m. at the upper concourse ticket windows of the PMAC.
Activities begin outside on the PMAC plaza at 11 a.m. as the band Blue-Print will entertain in a pre-game fan concert presented by Southern Bar-B-Que. There will be concession areas outside the building and a special stage will be set up for fan photos with the 2011 Cotton Bowl Trophy and the LSU Cheerleaders. Coca-Cola will have a sampling area for their products and there will be special kids zone area set up for their enjoyment as well.
Also, season ticket holders who attended 10 or more games this season were emailed on Friday a voucher good for a free soft drink and hot dog at Saturday's game. Season ticket holders are asked to print off the coupon received on email for each ticket in your account and bring it and the ticket to any Maravich Center Tiger Concessions stand to redeem the soft drink and hot dog.
At halftime, Cotton Bowl officials will be in attendance to present football Coach Les Miles and the Tigers the trophy from their win over Texas A&M. Also the popular LSU Tiger Girls have invited back Tiger Girl alums, including members of past national championship teams, to perform in a special alumni dance.
During the game, fans will participate in "Basketball Bingo" with prizes awarded to the first 500 fans to find a Bingo on their card. Among the prizes to be awarded are two tickets to the Memorial Day weekend Bayou Country Superfest at Tiger Stadium; two sets of two tickets to the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium for a future game; gift cards to Jack in the Box, Rotolo's and www.LSUshop.net.
Other LSU prizes include balls autographed by LSU coaches, a pre-game sideline pass to an LSU football game, t-shirts, mini-hoops, a private Tiger Stadium tour and the chance to throw out the first pitch at an LSU Baseball or Softball game.
The Tigers are 11-17 and 3-10 in the SEC West after their resounding victory on Wednesday, while Vanderbilt comes in ranked 18th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today poll after a loss to Tennessee at home on Tuesday that stopped a five-game Commodore winning streak. Vanderbilt is 20-7 and 8-5 in the SEC West.
Five players were in double figures for LSU in the State game with Aaron Dotson coming off the bench to have his best SEC game of his career with 16 points, while Storm Warren had the best scoring game since having to deal with tendonitis, posting 14 points. Ralston Turner and Garrett Green had 12 each and Andre Stringer 10.
"I think we played good offense," said LSU Coach Trent Johnson. "When you look at the game in general they shot at a very high percentage and they out rebounded us, but I think our ability to shoot the basketball with confidence. We knew going into the game because of how they defend the ball there were going to be guys with open shots and deep shots, and what I liked was the kids stepped up with confidence and shot the ball. I don't want to say it was our defense; it was our composure and our ability to not get down on ourselves and continue to fight through. Offensively when you're making baskets it hides a lot of deficiencies.
"That's a good win for this team especially when you look at what's been going on here as of late. I think the credit needs to go to these kids because they haven't stopped working and they haven't stopped competing and they haven't stopped trying."
The Tigers will be looking to stop a four-game Vanderbilt winning streak in the series but the teams have split the last 10 games.
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