BATON ROUGE - Just a few days from its season opener, the LSU men's basketball team holds its final dress rehearsal when Arkansas-Monticello comes to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Monday night.
There will be no admission charge for the exhibition contest which also will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live with live video from the TigerView scoreboard cameras.
This will mark the first public exhibition game for LSU since the start of the 2007-08 season when LSU defeated EA Sports, 72-68, on Nov. 6, 2007. That same year was the last time LSU played an exhibition game against another school, defeating Belhaven, 108-57.
LSU has won its last nine exhibition games dating back to a lost to the Global Sports All-Stars in 2003 and the Tigers are 52-7 all-time in exhibition contests.
The exhibition will be the second that Arkansas Monticello has played this year, having lost last week to Louisiana Tech, 72-44. UAM shot 30 percent from the floor and was out rebounded, 42-32. The leading scorer was Amir Royal with 16 points. LSU and Arkansas-Monticello have met once in a counting situation when LSU won a 75-48 contest in 2005 in a Las Vegas Holiday Tournament.
The Tigers exhibition will be followed by three more days of practice before LSU opens its 105th season of collegiate basketball on Friday (Nov. 9) against UC Santa Barbara, a team that went to postseason play a year ago. That game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio network but there will be no live television broadcast. Tickets for the game, set for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Baton Rouge, are available at LSUtix.net.
The Tiger team, under first-year head coach Johnny Jones, has had the chance to scrimmage against itself and on the road against a Division I opponent. The scrimmages have given Jones and his coaching staff to see how the Tigers are adapting to his faster, up-tempo style of play.
"Scrimmages and exhibitions are always good for us and are a great indicator for us at times to see exactly where we are," said Jones, entering his 13th year as a head coach. "We knew going in there were a lot of areas that we need to continue to work on and try to improve. When you have an opportunity to go against another opponent, a lot of times you can be exploited in certain areas that you need to continue to work. Then, you have an opportunity to look at some things that were positive for you as well. We're excited about that. We are looking forward to Monday, with the exhibition game against Arkansas-Monticello in addition to getting our season started on Friday (Nov. 9) and knowing it's upon us."
It is expected that sophomore Anthony Hickey, junior Andre Stringer and sophomore Johnny O'Bryant will be in the starting lineup for the exhibition game. Stringer is the leading returning scorer at 10.1 points per game, while Hickey averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 assists at the point a year ago. O'Bryant will be the main scoring threat inside, averaging 8.5 points per game a year ago.
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