The LSU Tigers men’s basketball team is coming off a 61-54 win over Louisiana-Monroe to improve to 6-2 after freshman forward Jordan Mickey earned SEC freshman of the week honors after a 25-point performance vs. the Warhawks. LSU sees a step up in competition when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the 7-3 Texas Tech Red Raiders at 8:00 p.m. CT.
The game will be televised on ESPNU (DirecTV channel 208) and you can also stream the game to see the Tigers try and improve to 7-2. The Red Raiders are coming off a 79-57 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday and are led by a trio of double-digit scorers.
Senior forward Jaye Crocket leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game, rebounds with 6.5, steals with 1.2 and is the team’s best shooter, nailing 62.9 percent of his field goals. The 6-7 forward should be a good matchup for Mickey who may already be LSU’s best overall player.
Junior Jordan Tolbert is the second leading scorer and rebounder while Robert Turner leads the team with 2.6 assists per game. That assist number looks low, doesn’t it? That’s because it is as Tech ranks No. 207 in assists per game with 12.5, but despite their low assist totals, they get good shot opportunities and shoot 48.2 percent as a team.
The big advantage that LSU has over Tech is their size advantage and ability to pound the glass. LSU is seventh in the country in rebounds per game, pulling down 10 more per game on average than today’s opponent. The second big advantage is LSU has the No. 67 scoring offense compared to the Red Raiders’ No. 173 ranked offense.
Prediction: LSU knocked off their rust vs. ULM after a two-week layoff and despite the jump in competition, I believe the size advantage LSU has over Texas Tech with Mickey and Johnny O’Bryant III and others in the Tiger’s frontcourt is the different. LSU wins 79-71.
Next: LSU plays on Dec. 21 vs. the 8-2 UAB Blazers who already claim a win over the North Carolina Tar Heels on their resume.