The LSU Tigers men’s basketball team (10-5) looks to get out of their recent funk where they have dropped three of their past four games when they host the 9-6 Vanderbilt Commodores at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Broadcast and Live Stream: The game is televised on ESPNU and you can view the live stream here.
After starting the season 9-2, the Tigers have looked like a shell of the team that dominated in the non-conference part of the schedule. The Tiger’s lone win in the new year is a 71-68 win at a 7-9 South Carolina Gamecocks team, so LSU has to turn it up against a Vanderbilt coming off a win over a 13-3 Missouri Tigers team.
The ‘Dores are led by 6-4 guard Eric McClellin who leads the team with 14.3 points per game and 6-9 center Rod Odom who is second with 13.9 ppg and leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Kyle Fuller is a steadying presence in the backcourt and leads the team in assists with 4.2 per game.
Tonight’s game is a relative must-win for the Tigers NCAA Tournament hopes with a number of difficult challenges remaining on the schedule remaining, including two dates with the Kentucky Wildcats, two vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks, one vs. the Florida Gators and a Jan. 21 date with Missouri.
Jordan Mickey is coming off a two-point performance vs. the Ole Miss Rebels and I’d look for him to get involved early vs. Vanderbilt and have a rebound performance. Johnny O’Bryant shot 1-5 vs. the Rebels, the same as Mickey, so if LSU is to get the home win, they need their two big men to have big performances.
Prediction: LSU wins 78-75.
Next: LSU hosts Missouri on Jan. 21 at 6:00 p.m. CT.