WHO: LSU Tigers
WHERE: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
TV: SECTV (see affiliates for this game below. Full listing available here)
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX KUIL-LD MeTv
Dallas-Ft. Worth TX KTXD IND
Houston TX FOX-SW RSN
Waco-Temple-Bryan TX NBTX CBS
Our Aggies took advantage of their home-laden stretch with a 4-2 burst up the standings, but the time has come to hit the road and head to Baton Rouge. With only four games remaining, every contest is critical. Let's take a look at three keys to the game tonight against the LSU Tigers
The Road Is Scary
Had it not been for Antwan Space's heroics against Tennessee (vol. 1), A&M would be 0-10 in games played outside of Reed Arena. We're 0-1 in Houston, 0-2 in Corpus, and 1-6 in true road games.
And it gets worse.
LSU's has won their last six games at Pete Maravich Assembly Center, which includes victories over Kentucky and Mizzou. They also played very well at Kentucky in their latest game, only falling by one point in overtime.
We're going to have to find a way to carry our home form to Louisiana, or this one could be over early.
Seven Seconds Or Less (Statistical Look)
|Scoring Offense||77.4||1st||The Tigers shoot quickly, and they shoot often...|
|Offensive Rebounding||13.9||1st||And when they do, they crash the glass hard|
|Rebounding||39.0||1st||They aren't too shabby on the defensive glass, either|
|Blocked Shots||6.2||1st||Very aggressive down low...|
|Steals||7.6||2nd||And on the perimeter...|
|Scoring Defense||77.4||Last||But the pace of play and agressiveness leave holes|
These numbers support what we already knew - LSU wants to speed the game up at every opportunity. The Aggies, as we also know, love to play in the 60's. Controlling the tempo is an absolute must, as I do not see the good guys hanging for forty minutes in a track meet.
The Fightin' Texas Aggie Bench
The Jekyll & Hyde act from our bench has really been something else this year. One game they'll outscore the opponents bench by 20, and the next they'll be practically invisible.
Davonte Fitzgerald's injury has placed a premium on bench production, and it simply has to remain consistent for the remainder of the season. Fabyon Harris had his best game of the year against Tennessee, and I hope he's rewarded with additional minutes or a slot in the starting lineup.
Sorry guys, I just don't see it. Our road woes have been severe even by SEC standards, and I don't see that changing tonight.
Final score: LSU 74, A&M 63