NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The LSU men’s basketball plays its final regular season road game here Thursday night as the Tigers travel to Memorial Gymnasium to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The game is set for a 6 p.m. tipoff on ESPN with Rece Davis and Bob Knight on the call. The game will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (listed below) with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and studio host Kevin Ford.
LSU enters the game at 17-11 and 8-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while Vanderbilt is at 15-13 and 7-9. LSU entered play Wednesday night in a four-way tie for sixth place with Vanderbilt in the 10th position.
This will be the second meeting between the two teams, having met in Baton Rouge on Jan. 18 with LSU winning, 81-58. LSU had a 48-24 advantage in rebounds, with a 40-24 margin in the paint and 24-9 in second-chance points. Johnny O'Bryant III had 22 points and 12 rebounds (making 11-of-14 free throws), while Jordan Mickey had 13, Jarell Martin 11 and Andre Stringer 10. Rod Odom led Vandy with 20 points while Damian Jones had 16.
“Vandy, if you look at their scores and the games that they've played in where they've had setbacks, they've been extremely close,” said LSU Coach Johnny Jones. “They played well in the second half, made plays and have been really good at home. We obviously have to go into their venue on Senior Day and make sure we go in there and play well and try to get on a streak prior to going into our conference tournament which is about a week away.”
Odom leads Vandy in scoring with 13.8 points a game while Kyle Fuller is at 11.4 points per game and Jones at 11.2. Odom is averaging 14.1 points in SEC play for Coach Kevin Stallings.
LSU is coming in off a 79-61 loss at No. 1 Florida in Gainesville this past Saturday. O’Bryant III led LSU with 18 points, while Mickey recorded his team best eight double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jarell Martin and Anthony Hickey each had 12 points. O’Bryant III has posted averages of 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over his last 13 starts and Martin in his last nine games has averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and connected on 44-of-87 field goal attempts.
LSU will conclude its regular season on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against Georgia in a game televised by FSN. Tickets are available at LSUtix.net. Prior to the game, seniors Shavon Coleman and Andre Stringer will be honored in the annual Senior Day ceremonies.
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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