LSU men’s basketball team wins SEC opener at Texas A&M

The LSU men’s basketball team opened conference play on Saturday night in College Station. They won the game 68-53 and removed the massive bear off their backs in the process.
Dec 16, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; LSU Tigers guard Jordan Wright (6) dribbles the ball against the
Dec 16, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; LSU Tigers guard Jordan Wright (6) dribbles the ball against the / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU men’s basketball team won their conference opening game and had an awful season afterward. However, tonight’s win over Texas A&M to begin SEC play feels very different.

The Tigers beat the Aggies convincingly in enemy territory and snapped a 13-game road losing streak. LSU head coach Matt McMahon was doused with water and Gatorade upon entering the locker room. Indeed, the LSU men’s basketball players behaved like a team that released much pressure tonight.

More importantly, McMahon’s Tigers played like a squad with a pulse and potential.

Guard Jordan Wright was the center of gravity for the LSU men’s basketball team on Saturday. The senior posted 20 points and ten rebounds, including seven boards on the defensive end of the floor. Jalen Cook also had a big game for the Tigers. The junior scored 13 points, three assists, and snagged four rebounds.

LSU played one of the better defensive games of the season. The Tigers constantly pressured Texas A&M shooters, who only converted 25.4% of their field goals on the night. Moreover, LSU out-rebounded the Aggies 46-40.

Some bonehead turnovers late in the contest allowed Texas A&M to soften the blow, but the Tigers controlled most of the game.

Texas A&M aren’t college basketball world-beaters, but they arguably have a better roster. The Aggies also entered Saturday night’s contest with more wins. However, the Tigers played like a team that can make much noise in the SEC this season. Most importantly, they looked like a roster that is much more than the cluster or random transfer players McMahon scrounged together before the 2022-23 season.

LSU men’s basketball fans on X (Twitter) are excited.

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Next up, McMahon’s squad returns to Baton Rouge for a Tuesday night home game against Vanderbilt.