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#15 Texas A&M at LSU Preview/GameThread

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A reeling Texas A&M (18-6; 7-4) heads to Baton Rouge for a rematch with LSU (15-9; 8-3) on national television (Noon; CBS). If we can pull it together and steal one on the road, a very manageable homestretch beckons.

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So.... what now?

After yet another listless effort on the road, the Aggies came alive late... but a furious rally came up just short, dooming A&M to their fourth straight loss in conference. We had a two game lead on the entire SEC, and now we're in fourth.

But we're only one game out of first.

The SEC is shaping up as one of the worst power five conferences in recent memory, with a huuuuuuuge power void at the top that no one seems willing to fill. So, despite our terrible recent passage of play, we're one game away from being right back in this thing.

And look at that homestretch.

Date Opponent SEC Record Time (TV)
2/13 @ LSU 8-3 Noon (CBS)
2/16 Ole Miss 5-6 8:00 (ESPNU)
2/20 #22 Kentucky 8-3 5:30 (ESPN)
2/24 Mississippi State 3-8 6:00 (ESPN2)
2/27 @ Missouri 1-10 3:00 (ESPNU)
3/1 @ Auburn 3-8 8:00 (ESPNU)
3/5 Vanderbilt 6-5 TBD

Four of our last six are at home, with the two away trips coming to arguably the two worst teams in the conference.

All is not lost. Not yet. If we can turn this thing around deep in Cajun territory, anything is possible.

Let's break it down.

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First, we invite you to look back at DerekAggie06's excellent preview from the original matchup, which provides a great overview of both squads and includes a special cameo from our favorite all caps prognosticator. A game we won 71-57, which was our third straight over the tiguhs.

With that in mind, we'll take a closer look at how the teams have evolved since then.

LSU (4-2 since the last meeting)

Wins: @ Alabama, Georgia, @ Auburn, Mississippi State

Losses: #3 Oklahoma, @ South Carolina

Overall Impression: Antonio Blakeney dropped 53 points in the last two games, giving LSU a sorely needed second scoring option. If he continues his hot form and Simmons improves on his poor showing against A&M, the Aggies could be in for a long afternoon.

Texas A&M (2-4 since the last meeting)

Wins: Missouri, #14 Iowa State

Losses: @ Arkansas, @ Vanderbilt, South Carolina, @ Alabama

Overall Impression: Turnovers, rebounding, and poor perimeter defense have plagued the Aggies over the past three weeks. If it's not one, it's another... and sometimes it's all three. This team still has the highest ceiling in the SEC, but it's a ceiling that we're struggling to reach.

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We still have so, so much left to play for. The recent struggles are frustrating, but we're one big effort away from a legitimate shot at an SEC crown.

One game. That's it. We can wash away the last three weeks with one, single game.

BTHO LSU