Basketball Begins Home Stretch vs. Texas A&M
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – Two weeks are left in the regular season and seven teams are tied for fourth place in the Southeastern Conference. For LSU, the chance to move forward begins on Wednesday as the Tigers host Texas A&M in a 7 p.m. game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Tickets for the game are available online at LSUtix.net and beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the upper concourse ticket windows of the Maravich Center. LSU Students are admitted free with a valid LSU ID. The first 2,500 fans will receive binoculars with the LSU logo. Plus, Peter Rabbit the bucket drummer will perform at the halftime.
The game will be televised on SEC TV with Dari Nowkhah and Joe Dean Jr. on the call (affiliates listed below).
The game will also be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (affiliates listed below) with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford.
LSU is 16-10, 7-7 in the SEC, while Texas A&M is 16-11 and also 7-7 in the SEC. Both teams are part of the fourth-place logjam that includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. One of A&M’s seven wins came against LSU, 83-73, back on Feb. 12 in College Station.
In that game, LSU had an eight-point lead nine minutes into the contest, but couldn’t keep pace with the Aggies. A&M shot 48.3 percent that night, including 10 three-pointers. Jamal Jones had 20 points, including 5 treys, with Kourtney Roberson getting 12 points and 10 rebounds. LSU was led by Shavon Coleman with 21 points with 15 by Johnny O’Bryant III, 13 for Jordan Mickey and 11 for Jarell Martin.
When asked if he was surprised at the way the Aggies, who have won three of their last four starting with the LSU game, played back on Feb. 12, LSU Coach Johnny Jones said no.
“I think they played well … Johnny O'Bryant III – how we scored early on, and had a great lead even when he went to the bench,” said Jones. “They made some big shots. (Jamal) Jones, a great shooter, wound up knocking down five three’s. They ended up having 10 threes for the game. They hit some timely three-pointers really in the first half. They knocked down some big shots. We were right there. In the second half, they were able to make some plays.”
Jones is the only Aggie to average in double figures at 12.8 points a game. He is averaging almost 16 points a game in SEC play.
LSU is expected to remain with its four forward lineup of Coleman, JOBIII, Martin and Mickey, with Anthony Hickey at guard. Hickey had 20 points and a career high 8 assists with just one turnover in the narrow 77-76 loss at Kentucky.
“There is not a whole lot you have to talk about because everybody is aware of our schedule and our opponents as we are,” said Jones. “Texas A&M – by us having a setback there and the way that we did – they knocked down shots, they played well and rebounded well. We weren’t as efficient as we needed to be on both ends of the floor. Johnny (O’Bryant III) got back in the second half and they still made plays. We cut the lead down to four, but Texas A&M played well enough to get the victory. We have to make sure we respond the right way. ”
Wednesday’s game will be LSU’s next-to-last home game as LSU travels to No. 1 Florida Saturday and closes the season with games at Vandy (3/6) and at home versus Georgia (3/8, 4 p.m. FSN).
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LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates:
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
SEC-TV Affiliates in Louisiana:
Alexandria – KLAX-DT2; Baton Rouge – WBXH; Lafayette – KLAF; New Orleans – WNOL-DT2; Shreveport – KSHV