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Men's Basketball Brings Momentum Against Hogs
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Published: January 31, 2014, 04:53 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team looks to continue what it started on Tuesday when it hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The game between the Tigers and Razorbacks will be televised on ESPNU with Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold on the call. The radio broadcast of the contest will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (listed below) with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford on the call. The game audio will also be available in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.

Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.lsutix.net/ and beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center. All entrances will be open as usual for the contest and LSU students will be admitted free of charge.

The Tigers will be looking to keep the momentum moving forward after Tuesday’s exciting 87-82 triumph over No. 11 Kentucky in the Maravich “Ice Dome.” LSU is now 13-6 overall and 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference, in a tie for fourth with Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, one game out of the second place tie between Kentucky and Ole Miss at 5-2.

Arkansas comes in off a Tuesday loss at home against Missouri and is 13-7 overall and 2-5 in the SEC in 12th place.

The mission for the Tigers will be to put aside all the hoopla over the Kentucky game and focus on the task at hand against the Razorbacks.

“You certainly have to always address it coming off of great games like that because of the emotions you can possibly have,” said LSU Coach Johnny Jones.  “You want to make sure your guys understand the importance of the next basketball game and that's something we talk about all the time.  The most important game on our schedule is the next one. Certainly coming off an emotional game with one of the top ranked teams in the country, but we understand the ramifications of our next game if in fact we don't approach it the way we should and make sure that our focus and attention is certainly on them.”

Junior Johnny O'Bryant III scored 29 points to lead LSU in the win over Kentucky while senior Shavon Coleman and freshman Jordan Mickey had 14 each (Mickey 5 blocks).  Junior Anthony Hickey had 11 points, six assists and no turnovers.

Arkansas leads the league in scoring offense at 82.4 points a game and is posting 7.5 threes a game. Rashad Madden is the team’s leading scorer at 12.9 points per game while Bobby Portis averages 12.2 a contest.  Under third year coach Mike Anderson, the Razorbacks like to press and force teams to play quick.

“Well what they are capable of doing is getting easy scoring opportunities,” said Jones. “If they are capable of turning you over, getting steals, they get out in the open floor and they really execute and score really quickly on the other end of the floor and they can put a lot of pressure on you and rattle your team if you are not poised under the pressure.”

LSU will be going for its fourth straight league win at home on Saturday.

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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

 

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