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
LSU Scoring Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||8.0||53||13||9|
LSU Rebounding Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||9||40||49||3.1|
Texas Scoring Leaders
|Matt Coleman III||Texas||12.2||79||31||30|
|Royce Hamm Jr.||Texas||2.1||13||10||0|
Texas Rebounding Leaders
|Matt Coleman III||Texas||16||44||60||3.3|
|Royce Hamm Jr.||Texas||6||25||31||1.8|
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.