COLUMBIA, S.C. – The LSU men’s basketball team looks to put behind the memory of Tuesday’s loss at home to Tennessee as it traveled here to take on South Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Colonial Life Center.
The game tips at 1:47 p.m. EST, 12:47 p.m. (Baton Rouge time) and will be carried on over the air stations on SECTV. Affiliates carrying the game in the state of Louisiana are as follows: Alexandria (KLAX-DT2), Baton Rouge (WBXH); Lafayette (KADN), New Orleans (WNOL), and, Shreveport (KMSS). Joe Davis and Joe Dean Jr. will have the television call.
Jim Hawthorne with Ricky Blanton and studio host Kevin Ford will be on the broadcast for the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and WWWL 1350 AM in New Orleans).
The Tigers are 9-4 and 0-1 in the SEC after losing on Tuesday 68-50 at home to Tennessee, while South Carolina (7-7, 0-1) had a four-game win streak stopped at Florida, 74-58.
The teams split games a year ago with each team winning on the other’s home court. South Carolina took a January meeting in Baton Rouge in overtime, while Johnny O’Bryant III scored 30 points in an easy LSU win in Columbia.
Coach Johnny Jones did say that a lineup change was in the offing for Saturday’s game but would not relate any changes to the media in his Thursday session with them. LSU was led by Jordan Mickey in scoring against Tennessee with 14 points and O’Bryant III had 11 points. The pair was 12-of-21 from the field, getting over half of LSU field goal makes as LSU shot 22-of-60 from the field and made its fewest three pointers of the season (2).
“We’re hopeful that we can get back to executing at a certain level, work on some things and get some things ironed out,” Jones said. “We need to execute offensively on things that we’ve possibly been getting away from in the last couple of game on a consistent basis. Defensively, we need to do more of the same in terms of working on a rotation, getting better in those areas including rebounding to improve and be a contender in a really tough conference.”
South Carolina gave up 22 points off 21 turnovers in their game against Florida and the Gators had a 40-16 advantage in the paint. Tyrone Johnson off the bench led South Carolina with 12 points, while Sindarius Thornwell and Benton Williams had 10 points each.
Carolina leads the series 15-13, but LSU has won the last two meeting in Columbia.
O’Bryant III continues to lead the Tigers in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while Mickey is a 13.9 points a contest. Both average 7.5 rebounds. Andre Stringer is LSU’s other player in double figures, averaging 11.5 a contest.
LSU will play another road game to start next week, meeting Ole Miss in Oxford on Jan. 15 before returning home for a couple of games beginning Jan. 18 against Vanderbilt.
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