Chattanooga (2-6) at LSU (5-0)
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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 11, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215) -- Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. Television: CST. Home Record: Chattanooga 1-5, LSU 5-0. Away
Record: Chattanooga 1-1, LSU 0-0. Neutral Record: Chattanooga 0-0, LSU 0-0.
Conference Record: Chattanooga 0-1, LSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: Hoping to keep their perfect record intact, the LSU Tigers face a
first-time foe in the Chattanooga Mocs at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in
Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
LSU, which is opening the 2012-13 campaign with six straight home dates before
hitting the road on Friday to battle the Boise State Broncos at Taco Bell
Arena, is a perfect 5-0 at this stage. The team has been out of action though
since Nov. 29 when it topped Seton Hall, 72-67, as part of the SEC/Big East
Meanwhile, Chattanooga has been roughed up in the early going with just two
victories in eight opportunities and only one of those against another
Division I program (Kennesaw State). Since that 65-51 win over Owls, the Mocs
have bowed to two more opponents in Davidson (81-55) and Eastern Kentucky
(63-52), the latest coming on Saturday.
The Mocs fell behind right out of the gate versus Eastern Kentucky over the
weekend, 11-0, and never recovered as the team registered a season low for
points and was held below 60 for the second straight outing. The squad made a
total of just 18 field goals and was charged with 21 turnovers, all while
shooting only 2-of-10 behind the three-point line. Drazen Zlovaric was the
lone double-digit scorer for the program with 12 points as he knocked down all
but one of his six shots from the floor. Z. Mason tallied six points and a
team-best nine rebounds in the setback. For a team that is producing just 63.0
ppg at the moment, Mason is the lone double-digit scorer with his 11.0 ppg,
but as he showed against EKU he's not guaranteed to come up with significant
points on a regular basis. Zlovaric (9.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg) trails Mason in both
scoring and rebounding, but the two are tied with 15 turnovers but have
combined for just seven assists in more than 400 minutes of action.
Trailing by eight points at the break against Seton Hall the last time out a
couple weeks ago, the Tigers reversed their fortunes in the second half as
they went from just 32.4 percent shooting from the floor to 48.3 percent. It
also helped that LSU outscored the Pirates by 10 points in the second half at
the free-throw line as well. Shavon Coleman came off the bench to tally 18
points, Johnny O'Bryant III responded with 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed
by Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer with 10 points apiece. Hickey, who added
six steals and five rebounds, won't be available for this game however because
he was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 7 by head coach Johnny Jones for a
violation of athletic department and university policies. With Hickey out of
the picture, it means the team will have to make up for his 10.2 ppg and the
fact that he had twice as many assists (26) as anyone else on the roster.
Still, Coleman (17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and O'Bryant (12.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg) are
present to maintain stability.
Averaging close to 18 turnovers makes it difficult to win games and that's
what is happening right now for the Mocs. LSU has more than enough firepower
to cruise to the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: LSU 81, Chattanooga 59
12/11 10:38:38 ET
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