SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: LSU at Tennessee

LSU-Tennessee

LSU visits Tennessee 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 0.460 0.317 0.758 405 1162 390 280 133 400
LSU OPP 0.436 0.341 0.697 336 1022 336 197 90 461
Tennessee 0.500 0.353 0.762 303 1136 560 182 165 335
Tennessee OPP 0.390 0.330 0.647 356 1029 363 181 71 405

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Statistical Leaders

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays 15.8 67 39 17
Emmitt Williams 13.9 66 31 4
Darius Days 13.2 60 23 15
Trendon Watford 12.6 57 29 8
Javonte Smart 10.2 44 21 13
Charles Manning Jr. 8.5 42 12 6
James Bishop 3.4 13 6 5
Aundre Hyatt 1.9 8 2 5

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days 30 63 93 7.8
Emmitt Williams 32 58 90 7.5
Trendon Watford 23 50 73 6.1
Skylar Mays 7 49 56 4.7
Javonte Smart 8 34 42 3.5
Charles Manning Jr. 8 33 41 3.4
Aundre Hyatt 5 19 24 2.0
James Bishop 1 2 3 0.3

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden 12.9 53 26 23
Lamonte Turner 12.3 40 44 11
John Fulkerson 11.6 56 27 0
Yves Pons 11.2 51 20 12
Josiah-Jordan James 7.1 29 18 9
Olivier Nkamhoua 4.9 26 6 1
Davonte Gaines 4.1 10 22 3
Jalen Johnson 2.6 11 3 6
Drew Pember 1.9 4 8 1

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Josiah-Jordan James 15 57 72 6.0
Yves Pons 17 46 63 5.3
John Fulkerson 20 41 61 5.1
Olivier Nkamhoua 24 35 59 4.9
Jordan Bowden 4 47 51 4.3
Lamonte Turner 7 32 39 3.5
Davonte Gaines 6 17 23 2.1
Drew Pember 8 9 17 1.9
Jalen Johnson 4 18 22 1.8

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NCAA RPI

LSU: 37

Tennessee: 71

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

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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Scouting Report


Tennessee 8-4 (0-0 SEC) and LSU 8-4 (0-0 SEC) meet in Knoxville for each team’s conference opener. Neither of these teams are as formidable as last season. That happens when you lose top notch players like Grant Williams and Tremont Waters. Glancing at the two team’s games played so far, it looks like the Vols have the stronger squad. LSU has a scathing 11-point home loss to East Tennessee State along with a loss at Virginia Commonwealth. Tennessee’s worst loss as a 20-point home setback to Wisconsin. The Vol’s best win was a 13-point victory over Washington. Meanwhile, a 17-point home win over a decent 1-loss Liberty team is the Tiger’s best victory.

Guard Jordan Bowden is the Vols leading scorer but UT has three other players that average in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James, a 6-foot-6 freshman guard is the Vols leading rebounder. Senior guard Skylar May’s is the Tigers’ top scorer but, like Tennessee, the Tigers have several other double digit scorers. Looking at the stat comparison, Tennessee is more accurate from 3-point range and also defends the three better. The Vols also shoot better than the Tigers from the field and at the foul line.

Playing at home, look for Tennessee to win this one.

LSU-Tennessee Prediction

Tennessee 70, LSU 64


Saturday‘s game tips off at 12:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. CT). TV: ESPNU.
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