SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: LSU at South Carolina

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LSU visits South Carolina on Saturday 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
LSU 0.473 0.315 0.772 326 1042 334 168 106 341
LSU OPP 0.421 0.349 0.707 286 855 333 155 86 323
South Carolina 0.439 0.313 0.619 299 963 367 204 111 352
South Carolina OPP 0.387 0.291 0.721 253 897 293 155 93 414

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Statistical Leaders

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays LSU 26 16.5 144 104 38
Trendon Watford LSU 26 13.8 133 77 15
Emmitt Williams LSU 26 13.5 123 100 6
Javonte Smart LSU 26 12.3 117 51 35
Darius Days LSU 26 11.8 112 53 31
Aundre Hyatt LSU 25 1.8 17 2 10

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days LSU 76 119 195 7.5
Emmitt Williams LSU 66 116 182 7.0
Trendon Watford LSU 54 126 180 6.9
Skylar Mays LSU 14 112 126 4.8
Javonte Smart LSU 18 70 88 3.4
Aundre Hyatt LSU 12 42 54 2.2

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 26 13.7 118 71 49
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 25 12.1 102 68 30
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 26 10.9 117 49 0
Jair Bolden South Carolina 25 8.8 80 21 39
Justin Minaya South Carolina 21 7.8 56 33 19
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 25 4.4 42 26 0
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 22 4.0 36 15 0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 21 3.8 31 16 1
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 25 2.5 23 16 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 25 2.4 22 5 10

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 52 117 169 6.5
Justin Minaya South Carolina 40 88 128 6.1
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 43 46 89 3.6
AJ Lawson South Carolina 10 80 90 3.5
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 17 51 68 2.7
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 23 37 60 2.7
Jair Bolden South Carolina 6 59 65 2.6
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 29 36 65 2.6
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 11 38 49 2.3
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 23 25 1.0

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Colonial Life Arena
Colonial Life Arena

NCAA RPI

LSU: 30

South Carolina: 62

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

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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Scouting Report


LSU (18-8, 9-4 SEC) fell to Kentucky 79-76 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. Immanuel Quickley led the Cats with 21 points while Skylar Mays topped the Tigers with 17 points. Kentucky outshot the Tigers in all 3 phases of the game but LSU’s rebounding edge (45-33) helped keep the score close.

LSU averages 80.7 points per game, second in the SEC. The Tigers are allowing opponents 73.0 points per contest, 11th in the league. LSU as a team shoots 47.3% from the field, 31.5% from 3-point range, and 77.2% from the line. Skylar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 16.5 points per game. Darius Days paces the Tigers in rebounding averaging 7.5 boards a game.

South Carolina (16-10, 8-5 SEC) fell to Mississippi State 79-76 on Wednesday night in Starkville. The Gamecocks trailed by eight with 30 seconds remaining and then were only one down with seven seconds to go but came up short. State 28-of-36 made free throws likely proved to be the difference in this one. The Gamecocks 23% (4/17) shooting from 3-point range didn’t help the visitor’s cause either.

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 13.7 points per game. Maik Kotsar pulls down a team leading 6.5 rebounds a game. South Carolina as a team averages 71.5 points per game while allowing opponents 66.8 points per contest. For the season, Carolina is making 43.9% from the field, 31.3% from 3-point range and 61.9% from the line.

LSU’s luck has been catching up with them. Now they head to a very hostile venue at South Carolina, home of a team that has won eight of its last 11.

LSU-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina 78, LSU 72


Saturday‘s game tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2.

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SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: LSU at South Carolina
Complete preview of the SEC basketball game between LSU and South Carolina on 22-Feb-20. Team statistical comparison, key players, scouting report, score prediction and more.

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