4-5 Bama goes into 5-4 LSU in a game that can define one's NCAAT hopes or put another one's as a somewhat possible idea. LSU is coming off a home loss to legendary coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn. Maybe we can surprise them as well.
Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin are the leading scorers and rebounders. Both are tough matchups for us inside and I'll be surprised if we can contain them. Keith Hornsby and Jalen Patterson are the only ones to really watch outside, but they're shooting just over 37% beyond the arc so in the end it is a good idea to let them chuck it up from outside. Tim Quarterman is also averaging double digit point sand 5 boards so there yet another guy we need to watch on the offensive end.
The upside is LSU is not a deep team... usually go maybe 7 deep with the starters hauling the brunt of the work. If I were CAG I'd abandon slow it up and chuck O for ole D and transition hoops. We can tire them out... if we don't get into foul trouble inside.
Before their loss to Auburn I said we didn't have a prayer of winning this one. It's now a slight possibility we can IF we get hot from outside. Being that perimeter shooting hasn't been our forte that's kind of a dream, but Cooper and Norris could lead the way out there with Levi and Justin going above their stats from beyond the arc.
Game is on ESPN2 at 6PM EST (5PM CST).