LSU Tigers vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Preview
The LSU Tigers hit the hardwood Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET vs. the Louisiana-Monroe Warkawks for the first time since their 70-68 overtime win over the Butler Bulldogs on Dec. 1. The Warhawks are coming off a 84-61 win over the Thomas College Terriers on Dec. 9 to improve their record to 3-1.
The Warhawks are led by guard Amos Olatayo who leads the team in scoring with 21 points per game and 6-6 senior forward Jayon James who is third on the team in scoring with 12 points per game, leads the team in rebounds (6.7) and is second in assists per game (4.7).
LSU should be able to take advantage of their size advantage in the front court with 6-9 Johnny O’Bryant III and 6-8 Jordan Mickey controlling the glass which will limit the second-chance opportunities for the Warhawks.
LSU enters the game sixth in the nation with 45.6 rebounds per game. O’Bryant is averaging a double-double so far this season with 16.7 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per game while Mickey has been on of the top freshmen in the country.
Mickey has already been honored as the freshmen of the week earlier this season for his ability to not only score and rebound, but his ability to alter and block shots. He has 26 blocks in seven games this season as one of the premier shot blockers in the nation.
Speaking of freshmen, I’m looking to see Jarell Martin in this game after playing in 31 minutes in each of the past two LSU games after an injury delayed the start to his promising LSU career.
The 6-9, 240-poiund native of Baton Rogue is coming off a 12 point, seven rebound game vs Butler, but was only 5-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble. Consistent improvement will be imperative for him moving forward and against the inferior Sun Belt opponent will be a great opportunity to get a lot of minutes and continue his development.
LSU should win this game because of their size advantage and the home court advantage against a team that is not as talented as the Tigers.
LSU wins 86-72.