SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: LSU at Texas A&M

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LSU visits Texas A&M on Tuesday 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 0.484 0.307 0.745 179 588 197 107 71 201
LSU OPP 0.398 0.331 0.737 166 497 180 99 43 208
Texas A&M 0.399 0.238 0.678 132 495 150 93 52 207
Texas A&M OPP 0.376 0.279 0.697 152 488 177 97 36 196

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Statistical Leaders

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays LSU 15.8 83 50 21
Emmitt Williams LSU 13.4 77 43 4
Trendon Watford LSU 12.7 70 42 8
Darius Days LSU 12.3 69 28 18
Javonte Smart LSU 10.7 59 25 18
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 8.5 53 12 9
Aundre Hyatt LSU 1.7 9 2 5

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days LSU 48 80 128 8.5
Emmitt Williams LSU 39 62 101 6.7
Trendon Watford LSU 31 65 96 6.4
Skylar Mays LSU 8 61 69 4.6
Javonte Smart LSU 11 40 51 3.4
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 9 39 48 3.2
Aundre Hyatt LSU 5 23 28 1.9
Marlon Taylor LSU 2 13 15 2.5
Courtese Cooper LSU 4 8 12 2.0
James Bishop LSU 1 2 3 0.3
Marshall Graves LSU 0 3 3 0.4

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 11.5 53 43 0
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 10.9 57 19 20
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 7.4 36 10 7
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 7.4 31 26 15
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 7.1 28 31 13
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 6.2 26 29 6
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 4.5 26 11 0
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 2.3 10 5 0
Mark French Texas A&M 2.2 10 5 6
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 1.4 8 4 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 38 63 101 7.8
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 22 63 85 6.1
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 18 49 67 4.8
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 3 39 42 3.0
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 7 32 39 2.8
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 13 22 35 2.5
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 6 28 34 2.4
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 4 26 30 2.5
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 7 16 23 2.1
Mark French Texas A&M 1 12 13 0.9

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NCAA RPI

LSU: 28

Texas A&M: 118

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

Texas A&M Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jay Jay Chandler G 6′-4″ 180 JR Katy, TX
1 Savion Flagg G 6′-7″ 223 JR Alvin, TX
2 TJ Starks G 6′-2″ 208 JR Dallas, TX
3 Quenton Jackson G 6′-5″ 171 JR Los Angeles, CA
5 Emanuel Miller F 6′-7″ 213 FR Scarborough, ON
10 Everett Vaughn F 6′-10″ 237 FR Bellaire, TX
11 Wendell Mitchell G 6′-3″ 183 SR Rockdale, TX
12 Mark French G 5′-8″ 162 SR Frisco, TX
13 Cashius McNeilly G 6′-4″ 191 FR Scarborough, ON
15 Jonathan Aku F 6′-10″ 245 FR McKinney , TX
20 Andre Gordon G 6′-2″ 185 FR Sidney, OH
21 Zach Walker G 6′-4″ 195 SO Deer Park, TX
25 Bakari Simmons F 6′-4″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
31 Luke McGhee F 6′-10″ 250 SO San Antonio, TX
32 Josh Nebo F 6′-9″ 245 SR Houston, TX
35 Yavuz Gultekin F 6′-7″ 201 FR Cumberland, MD

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Scouting Report


LSU (11-4, 3-0 SEC) defeated Mississippi State 60-59 on Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Tigers built a 23-12 lead with 7:07 remaining in the first half and would head to halftime leading 30-22. In the second half the Bulldogs slowly cut into the Tigers lead. With 14:22 remaining a Nick Weatherspoon dunk put the Bulldogs on top 36-35. The lead then changed hands several times before State built a 53-44 lead with 5:19 to play. LSU then went on a 13-2 run to take a 57-55 lead with just over a minute to play. State’s Reggie Perry made a layup with 6 seconds to play to put State up 59-58 but LSU Sklar Mays’ jumper with one second to play gave LSU the victory. Weatherspoon led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14. Tiger forward Emmitt Williams paced the Tigers and led all scorers with 17 points. Both teams struggled from 3-point range with LSU making just 3 of 17 and State hitting only 2 of 21 attempts.

Skylar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring (15.8 ppg). Emmit Williams (13.4 ppg) and Watford (12.7 ppg) are the next two leading scorers. Mays is hitting 39% of his 3-point shots and 85% of his free throws. LSU is third in the SEC in scoring offense (79.3 ppg) and 11th in the conference in scoring defense (67.5 ppg). The Tigers are shooting over 74% at the line as a team. LSU is No. 1 in the SEC in field goal percentage (48.4%). The Tigers are also third in the conference in rebounding margin (+6.1).

Texas A&M (8-6, 2-1 SEC) dominated Vanderbilt 69-50 on Saturday in Nashville. The Aggies controlled this game from the start and quickly built 28-12 early in the first half. From then on Vandy drew to with 16 of A&M but could not keep the momentum. The Commodores trailed 60-29 with just under nine minutes to play. After Texas A&M cleared their benches Vandy was able to make the game a little closer. Andre Gordon had 15 points to lead the Aggies. Vandy was led in scoring by guard Maxwell Evans and center Ejike Obinna with 12 points each. A&M out-shot Vanderbilt 53%-30% from the field and 31%-17% from 3-point range. The Aggies also dominated Vandy on the boards 38-29.

Forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring (11.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Six-foot-7 guard Savion Flagg is the team’s second leading scorer (10.9). A&M’s biggest strength is its defense. The Aggies currently limit opponents to just 59.6 points a game. That’s third best in the SEC. Texas A&M is first in the conference in field goal defense (37.6%) and second in 3-point defense (28.9%). The Aggies, however, are last in the SEC in scoring offense scoring just 58.6 points a contest. They are 14th in the league in both field goal accuracy (39.9%) and 14th in 3-point accuracy (23.8%). The Aggies rank at or near the bottom of the SEC in most of the other SEC statistical categories.

This will be an interesting game with LSU’s high powered offense going against A&M’s tough defense. I give the Tigers the edge. They’ve played a tougher schedule so far and should be able to pull off a road win in College Station.

LSU-Texas A&M Prediction

LSU 68, Texas A&M 63


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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