SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at LSU

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Arkansas visits LSU on Wednesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.445 0.312 0.744 99 446 168 123 63 171
Arkansas OPP 0.391 0.224 0.654 132 480 121 77 29 236
LSU 0.499 0.327 0.757 143 504 178 93 61 180
LSU OPP 0.398 0.340 0.702 143 424 162 88 34 183

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Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones 19.5 69 70 26
Isaiah Joe 17.4 70 36 50
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 13.4 77 20 0
Desi Sills 10.0 48 21 13
Adrio Bailey 6.5 32 17 4
Jalen Harris 4.7 17 20 7
Reggie Chaney 3.4 15 4 0
Jeantal Cylla 1.3 7 1 1

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones 13 61 74 6.2
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 17 54 71 5.5
Isaiah Joe 10 51 61 4.7
Adrio Bailey 18 42 60 4.6
Reggie Chaney 10 28 38 3.8
Desi Sills 7 33 40 3.1
Jalen Harris 4 30 34 2.6
Jeantal Cylla 4 15 19 1.6

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays 15.9 73 42 19
Emmitt Williams 13.5 70 31 4
Trendon Watford 12.8 62 34 8
Darius Days 12.7 63 23 16
Javonte Smart 11.0 51 23 18
Charles Manning Jr. 8.5 45 12 8
James Bishop 3.4 13 6 5
Aundre Hyatt 1.8 8 2 5

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days 36 68 104 8.0
Emmitt Williams 33 59 92 7.1
Trendon Watford 25 56 81 6.2
Skylar Mays 7 54 61 4.7
Javonte Smart 9 36 45 3.5
Charles Manning Jr. 8 33 41 3.2
Aundre Hyatt 5 19 24 1.8
James Bishop 1 2 3 0.3

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NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 24

LSU: 30

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

LSU Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Darius Days F 6′-6″ 240 SO Raleigh, FL
1 Javonte Smart G 6′-4″ 205 SO Baton Rouge, LA
2 Trendon Watford F 6′-9″ 235 FR Birmingham, AL
3 Parker Edwards G 6′-3″ 190 SO Mandeville, LA
4 Skylar Mays G 6′-4″ 205 SR Baton Rouge, LA
5 Emmitt Williams F 6′-6″ 230 SO Fort Myers, FL
10 James Bishop G 6′-2″ 190 FR Baltimore, MD
11 Charles Manning Jr. G 6′-5″ 200 JR Riverhead, NY
12 Marshall Graves G 6′-4″ 195 SR Ponchatoula, LA
14 Marlon Taylor G 6′-5″ 210 SR Mount Vernon, NY
15 Aundre Hyatt F 6′-4″ 225 FR Bronx, NY
20 Caleb Starks G 6′-3″ 205 JR Lafayette, LA
21 Courtese Cooper F 6′-9″ 220 SO Elgin, IL
24 Deshawn Thomas C 6′-9″ 250 JR Dentsville, SC

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Scouting Report


The LSU Tigers (9-4, 1-0 SEC) opened their conference schedule on Saturday with a 78-64 win at Tennessee. In that game the Tigers led by just 1 point at the half but dominated the second half to get a fine, resume building road win. LSU sophomore guard Javonte Smart led the Tigers in scoring with 21 points. Smart hit of 5 of 9 threes, three of those came in the first half. The difference in this game wasn’t 3-point shooting. Tennessee was 13 of 26 from three while the Tigers were 10 of 21. However, the Vols had just three points at the line, while LSU had 12. LSU also out-shot the Vols from the field hitting on 46% to Tennessee’s 40%. For the season LSU is third in the league in scoring offense. The Tigers are No. 1 in the conference in field goal accuracy making almost 50% of them. LSU also rebounds well and has a + 6.2 rebounding margin over its opponents, fourth best in the SEC. Sophomore forward Darius Days leads the Tigers in rebounding (8.0 rpg). He’s also fifth in the SEC in rebounding.

The Arkansas Razorbacks (12-1, 1-0 SEC) opened their SEC slate with a 69-59 home win over Texas A&M. Arkansas led that game 42-33 at the half and then was able to fend off a threat from the Aggies who narrowed that lead to two points with nine minutes to go in the game. Guard Isaiah Joe and Mason Jones co-led the Razorbacks in scoring, each with 17 points. Jones (19.5) and Joe (17.4) so far are the two leading scorers for Arkansas this season. Joe is third in the SEC in 3-point shooting, making 35% of his attempts. The Hogs are an outstanding free throw shooting team, making over 74% of them. It’s been the Razorbacks defense that has likely been the key to the Hogs winning 12 games this early. Arkansas is third in scoring defense (59.8 ppg). The Hogs are first in 3-point shooting defense (22.3%), first in steals (9.6 spg), fourth in blocked shots (4.9 bpg) and fifth in field goal defense (39.1%).

This is one of the better games of the week. LSU looks like they’ve played a better schedule. Arkansas does have wins over Indiana and Georgia Tech. LSU is not invincible, they have a home loss to East Tennessee State. I call that a fluke holiday loss. LSU probably wins this game at home.

Arkansas-LSU Prediction

LSU 83, Arkansas 78


Wednesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPNU.
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