SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: LSU at Texas

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LSU visits Texas on Saturday in a key Big 12-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 0.480 0.312 0.764 222 721 247 118 81 247
LSU OPP 0.406 0.341 0.715 199 588 227 118 49 237
Texas 0.434 0.336 0.647 171 601 250 100 84 244
Texas OPP 0.415 0.331 0.638 203 646 176 117 44 252

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Statistical Leaders

LSU Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Skylar Mays LSU 16.1 99 65 26
Emmitt Williams LSU 13.7 92 59 4
Trendon Watford LSU 12.7 84 51 10
Darius Days LSU 11.8 79 34 21
Javonte Smart LSU 11.8 77 32 26
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 8.0 53 13 9
Aundre Hyatt LSU 1.9 12 2 8

LSU Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Darius Days LSU 54 91 145 8.1
Trendon Watford LSU 38 85 123 6.8
Emmitt Williams LSU 48 71 119 6.6
Skylar Mays LSU 11 74 85 4.7
Javonte Smart LSU 12 51 63 3.5
Charles Manning Jr. LSU 9 40 49 3.1
Aundre Hyatt LSU 6 32 38 2.1
Marlon Taylor LSU 12 20 32 4.0
Courtese Cooper LSU 4 9 13 1.9
James Bishop LSU 1 3 4 0.3
Marshall Graves LSU 0 4 4 0.4

Texas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Matt Coleman III Texas 12.2 79 31 30
Courtney Ramey Texas 10.7 75 19 24
Jase Febres Texas 10.4 61 18 47
Andrew Jones Texas 10.3 67 19 32
Jericho Sims Texas 9.3 72 24 0
Gerald Liddell Texas 4.4 25 12 4
Kamaka Hepa Texas 3.1 18 0 11
Kai Jones Texas 2.9 18 6 2
Royce Hamm Jr. Texas 2.1 13 10 0
Donovan Williams Texas 2.1 12 3 4
Will Baker Texas 0.9 6 1 1

Texas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Jericho Sims Texas 52 88 140 7.8
Courtney Ramey Texas 11 71 82 4.6
Matt Coleman III Texas 16 44 60 3.3
Gerald Liddell Texas 13 37 50 3.3
Jase Febres Texas 8 35 43 2.4
Andrew Jones Texas 4 36 40 2.2
Kai Jones Texas 12 28 40 2.7
Royce Hamm Jr. Texas 6 25 31 1.8
Kamaka Hepa Texas 7 19 26 1.7
Will Baker Texas 8 13 21 1.4
Donovan Williams Texas 3 7 10 0.7
Brock Cunningham Texas 2 0 2 0.3

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NCAA RPI

LSU: 23

Texas: 68

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Scouting Report


Texas (12-6, 2-4 Big 12) on Monday lost at West Virginia 97-59. The Longhorns also have losses to Kansas (66-57 home), Oklahoma (72-62 Home), Baylor (59-44 Away), Cal (62-45 Neutral) and Providence (70-48 Away). Guard Matt Coleman II (12.2 ppg) is the Longhorn’s top scorer. Courtney Ramey (10.7 ppg), Jase Febres (10.4 ppg) and Andrew Jones (10.3 ppg) are the team’s other double digit scorers. Six-foot-9, 240 pound Jericho Sims leads Texas in rebounding pulling down an average of nearly eight a game. The Horns hit 43.4% of their field goals, 33.6% of their 3-pointers and 64% of free throws.

LSU (14-4, 6-0 SEC) defeated Florida 84-82 on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The Tigers were co-led in scoring by Keyontae Johnson and Noah Locke, each with 16 points. LSU trailed in that game 36-34 at the half but as we’ve seen in many games this season the Tigers got it done at the end. With 31 seconds remaining the Tigers were clinging to an 81-80 lead. Skylar Mays made three straight free throws and then seal the victory for the Tigers. The Tigers have losses to VCU (84-82 Road), Utah State (80-78 Neutral), East Tennessee St. (74-63 Home), and (USC 74-57 Neutral). LSU as a team shoots 48% from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range, and 76.4% from the line. Mays leads the Tigers in scoring average 16.1 points per game. Darius Days paces the Tigers in rebounding averaging over eight boards a game.

This is an important game for both LSU and the SEC. If the Tigers lose in Austin it will drop the SEC’s stock value and NCAA tourney appeal. We go with the Tigers here. They have a knack for winning of late and have the horses to get the job done. They will mimic what their school’s champion football team did a couple months ago, knock of the Longhorns in Austin.

LSU-Texas Prediction

LSU 72, Texas 68


Saturday’s game tips off at 2:00 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT). TV: ESPN.

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