LSU (15-8) at Tennessee (14-10)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 19, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) -- Knoxville, Tennessee. Television: ESPN U. Home Record: LSU 12-2, Tennessee 10-3. Away Record: LSU 3-6, Tennessee 2-6. Neutral Record: LSU 0-0, Tennessee 2-1. Conference Record: LSU 6-6, Tennessee 6-6. Series Record: Tennessee leads, 60-43.
GAME NOTES: The Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers both try to extend winning streaks on Tuesday night when the long-time SEC rivals meet at Thompson-Boling Arena.
LSU has been one of the SEC's hottest teams, as it has won two in a row and five of its last six to improve to 15-8 overall and pull itself even in the SEC at 6-6. The Tigers took care of business at home on Saturday night, defeating Mississippi State in an 80-68 final.
Tennessee (14-10) has also crawled back to 6-6 in the league following a recent three-game win streak, beating South Carolina (66-61), Vanderbilt (58-46) and Kentucky (88-58) during that stretch. The Vols have enjoyed playing at Thompson-Boling Arena this season, where they have won 10 of 13 bouts.
Tennessee has beaten LSU on four straight occasions to improve its lead in the all-time series to 60-43.
The Tigers opened up a 41-28 lead over Mississippi State over the weekend, and their advantage never dipped below eight points the rest of the way as they cruised to the comfortable victory. It was an outstanding shooting night for LSU (.545), with Charles Carmouche leading the way with 21 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting (including 5-of-8 from 3-point range). Johnny O'Bryant III continued his hot play of late, flirting with a triple-double by tallying 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and he now leads the SEC with 11 double-doubles on the season. Andrew Del Piero netted 13 points, while Anthony Hickey (six assists) and Andre Stringer tallied 10 points apiece to round out a balanced effort. LSU has been strong at the offensive end of the court this season, pouring in 70.6 ppg. O'Bryant III records 13.0 ppg on 48.9 percent shooting to go along with 8.7 rpg, while Anthony Hickey nets 11.7 ppg and leads the nation in steals with 3.3 spg. Shavon Coleman (10.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Stringer (10.7 ppg) and Carmouche (9.4 ppg, 3.6 apg) have also been effective.
The Vols thoroughly dominated the shorthanded Wildcats on Saturday afternoon, shooting a lofty 58 percent from the field while holding Kentucky to 35.8 percent en route to the 30-point victory, their largest margin of victory ever against the Wildcats. Trae Golden was outstanding in the triumph, as not only did he shot 6-of-8 from the field and 11-of-12 from the foul line in netting 24 points, but he also dished out eight assists and committed zero turnovers. Jordan McRae logged 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals, Kenny Hall had 12 points off the bench, and Jarnell Stokes narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards. The offensive outburst for Tennessee was out character for a team that averages just 64.7 ppg, but it has found success behind a stellar scoring defense, which yields a mere 61.5 ppg. McRae paces the squad with 13.8 ppg, while Stokes (12.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .548 FG percentage) is one of the strongest forwards in the SEC. Golden chips in 11.0 ppg with more than twice as many assists (87) as turnovers (39).
Despite having won two of its last three games away from home, LSU has not been very strong on the road this season, and rolling into Knoxville to face a red-hot Tennessee squad does not bode well for the Tigers' chances to keep their streak alive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee 66, LSU 63
02/19 10:34:18 ET
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