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LSU Basketball: Defense fails to show up in road loss to Arkansas

LSU was unable to snap out of their funk on the road tonight against the Arkansas Razorbacks as the Tigers lost to the Hogs 81-70. The loss dropped them to 1-5 on the road in SEC play and at 15-9 (6-6) are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.

LSU has now allowed 80 or more points in six of their last seven games, a span in which the Tigers are 2-4 in those games. LSU has not won on the road since Jan. 11 when defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks by three. LSU has three road games remaining on their schedule, including trips to Kentucky and Florida.

Johnny O’Bryant led LSU in the first half with nine points and 10 rebounds as Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin were limited by foul trouble and Shavon Coleman had trouble getting into a rhythm as he was only 2-8 shooting.

11 LSU turnovers and shooting 1-7 from three-point range opened the door for Arkansas who shot the lights out from deep in the first 20 minutes as they connected on six of their nine attempts. Michael Qualls lead the way with three as he led all scorers with 12 points in the first half.

Arkansas was a much more active team on both ends of the court today and had four players finish in double-figures as Rashad Madden led the team with 21.

O’Bryant recorded his 23rd career double-double for LSU with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but fouled out in the final two minutes. He didn’t have much help as the rest of the team shot 37 percent from the field, including a dismal 6-24 from downtown.

Next up for LSU is a Wednesday home game vs. the Mississippi State Bulldogs who have lost seven straight games at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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