Men's Basketball Looks for Rebound at UC Irvine
Communications Sr. Associate
IRVINE, Calif. - The LSU Tigers look to get back on the winning track Tuesday night as they continue their non-conference road trip against UC-Irvine.
The game, at the 5,000 seat Bren Events Center, is set to tip shortly after 7 p.m. PST (9 p.m. CST). There is no live television broadcast but the game will be available on the LSU Sports Radio Network with Jim Hawthorne and Ricky Blanton on site and Kevin Ford back in the network studios in Baton Rouge to host the broadcast. In Baton Rouge, the game will be available on Eagle 98.1 FM and in the Geaux Zone for subscribers on LSUsports.net.
The Tigers are 6-1 after losing at Boise State on Friday, 89-70, while UC-Irvine after winning at Fresno State on Saturday is now 5-6.
Corban Collins had the big game for the Tigers off the bench in the Boise game with 19 points, hitting 5-of-8 treys in 30 minutes. Shavon Coleman had 11 points and Johnny O'Bryant III, despite foul trouble, had 15 points in the contest. But the Tigers were out rebounded 44-27 in the game and Boise State had 30 points off LSU turnovers and 22 second half points, a 52-24 advantage over LSU.
"It was our first road trip and there are some areas we definitely have to clean up," said LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones said after the team practiced Sunday night at the Bren Center. "We've got to make sure we are able to focus for 40 minutes or however long it takes in the game. We are a good rebounding team and we've got to be able to do that to be successful. We didn't do that in our last game. We are playing a team that is fifth in the country in rebounding so we are going to have to make sure we are focused on rebounding (Tuesday) and we've got to take care of the basketball. Those two areas were glaring with us having 20 turnovers and being beaten on the boards are two areas we have to take care of in Tuesday's game."
UC-Irvine found itself down 51-46 with 3:34 to play and scored the next 12 points to win by seven.
"They are a good basketball team," Jones said of UC-Irvine. "They played UCLA to overtime. They beat Nevada and that win Saturday night at Fresno. So we will be playing a confident basketball team coming in on Tuesday so it will be a great challenge to us."
Jones has announced that Corban Collins could join the starting lineup, which means the other two guard starting spots will be decided among Andre Stringer, Charles Carmouche and Malik Morgan, a starting for the last two games. O'Bryant III will be at forward and Andrew Del Piero at center. In the last two games, Collins has scored 30 points with 7 treys. O'Bryant III is second on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and tied for third in the league in rebounding at 8.3 a game. Stringer comes instill averaging double figures at 10.1 a game. Reserve Shavon Coleman is averaging 15.1 points, the best scoring averages on the team.
Damian Starring is the only Anteater scoring in double figures for UC-Irvine third year coach Russell Turner, averaging 12.9 points per game. The Anteaters are ninth in the country in field goal percentage defense at just over 35 percent, after holding Fresno State to below 30 percent on Saturday.
This is believed to be, like Friday's game at Boise, the first time UCI has hosted an SEC team at the Bren Events Center.
After Tuesday's game, LSU will travel back to Baton Rouge on Wednesday and then leave Friday for Saturday's 1 p.m. game with Marquette in Milwaukee that will be televised by ESPNU.
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