Basketball Set for Final Regular-Season Road Trip
Communications Sr. Associate
COLLEGE STATION -- The LSU Tigers make their final regular season road trip of Coach Johnny Jones' first season, facing the Texas A&M Aggies for the second time this season on Wednesday night.
The Tigers and Aggies, meeting for the first time since 2008 at Reed Arena, will meet in a 7 p.m. tilt televised regionally on the SEC Network (Affiliates in Louisiana: Alexandria - KLAX-DT2; Baton Rouge - WBXH; Monroe - KARD; New Orleans - WUPL; Shreveport - KSHV). The radio broadcast will be on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM and in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net).
LSU is 17-10, 8-8 in the SEC while Texas A&M is 17-12 and 7-9 in the league. LSU is in a tie for eighth with Georgia (which hosts Kentucky on Thursday), while A&M is in a tie for 10th with Vanderbilt (which plays at Florida on Wednesday). LSU is one game ahead of Vanderbilt and A&M, while a game behind Arkansas (at Missouri Tuesday) and Tennessee (at Auburn Wednesday).
LSU needs one win for a breakeven year in SEC play, which would be just the seventh non-losing or better SEC campaign for LSU since the start of the 1993-94 season. In those years, the SEC season was 16 games.
LSU defeated Texas A&M, 58-54, in the their first meeting earlier in the season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Johnny O'Bryant III had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers for one of his co-league leading 12 doubles doubles, while Shavon Coleman led LSU with 17 points and Anthony Hickey had 10 points and eight steals
The Tigers will be looking to avoid losing two games in a row for the first time all-season after having a good offensive game in an 89-76 loss at Missouri on Saturday afternoon.
"We're coming off of a tough setback," Coach Jones said Monday at his media session. "Like we've done all year long, we've had an opportunity to look back and evaluate some areas. Although things didn't turn out the way that we would have liked for them to, we felt like we had an opportunity to grow in the Missouri game. It was a tough environment, but I thought our guys did an excellent job of staying between the lines. They stayed extremely focused there being able to get a lead on a really tough team in a great environment ... We felt like we did some great things in that game.
"We have two great games coming up this week that certainly will be a challenge for us. Texas A&M is coming off a very convincing win against South Carolina and has had some tough games leading up to that point. Then, we're finishing up with Ole Miss here on Saturday."
LSU is expected to keep its lineup intact for the game with Hickey (still leading the nation in steals average) to be joined by Andre Stringer and Charles Carmouche at the guards. Carmouche will be going for his fourth straight 20-point scoring game as at Mizzou his 21 points made the New Orleans senior the first player since Bo Spencer in December 2009 to have three straight 20-point games for the Tigers.
O'Bryant III, leading the team in scoring average at 13.8 points per game (14.8 in SEC play), will start at forward with senior Andrew Del Piero at the center spot.
LSU's final home game is Saturday against Ole Miss at 12:30 p.m. with senior day ceremonies beginning at 12:25 p.m. Tickets are on sale at LSUtix.net.
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