LSU and Florida Set For PMAC Wednesday at 8
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to host No. 25 Florida in a Southeastern Conference contest.
The game will be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and at LSUsports.net/live and televised on the SEC Network and the WatchESPN app.
Tickets for the game will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at LSUtix.net. The upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center will open at 6:30 p.m.
LSU students are admitted free of charge with a valid student LSU ID.
The first 2,000 fans will receive a “jersey” cap honoring Shaquille O’Neal’s 2016 induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
LSU will be trying to stop a five-game losing streak that finds the Tigers now 9-9 and 1-6 in the league. Florida, on the other hand, remains ranked in the AP poll, but has fallen after back-to-back losses at South Carolina, 57-53, and this past Saturday at home to Vanderbilt, 68-66. The Gators are 14-5 overall, and 5-2 in the league.
The teams have played twice each of the last two years, with LSU taking three of the four games. The last time the teams were together, near the end of the 2015-16 season, LSU outscored Florida, 96-91. It was a game in which then freshman Antonio Blakeney had 32 points against the Gators.
KeVaughn Allen leads the Gators at 14.0 points per game while Canyon Barry is at 12.4 and Devin Robinson 11.3 points a contest. Allen is averaging 14.7 points in league action, while Barry is at 13.7.
“Florida was picked to finish at the top of the league along with Kentucky, so it would be huge for our guys in a lot of ways,” Coach Johnny Jones said about being able to take down Florida. “That's our goal, to go out and show we're capable of competing, that we’ve improved, and showing we’ve gotten better. There’s not a place to hopefully be able to get that turned around then here at home against a team that we really think is well balanced ... They certainly pose a great challenge for us, one that we’re going to have to make sure we step up and meet.”
Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 22 points and six assists in the 99-86 loss at Arkansas last Saturday and his 3.89 assist average is second among freshman in overall assist average. Blakeney leads the team in average at 16.7 points a game (17.1 in the SEC) and eight straight games scoring in double figures. Duop Reath, a forward is the only other Tiger averaging in double figures at 13.8 points per game.
LSU, Florida and eight other SEC teams will step out of conference action on Saturday for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. This is the second straight year the set of 10 games has been rolled out on the ESPN Networks on the last Saturday of January. LSU will travel to Lubbock for a 1 p.m. game on ESPNU with Texas Tech, while Florida will travel to Oklahoma for a 1 p.m. game on ESPN.
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