GAMETHREAD: Texas A&M Aggies at LSU Tigers; 7 pm, SEC TV (WBXH, KLAF, WNOL)

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Win for pride, not for the postseason. LSU owes the Aggies some payback.

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LSU is in a holding pattern.

Tonight's game against Texas A&M changes little about LSU's season except perhaps NIT seeding. With the Tigers likely needing a SEC Tournament title for any NCAA hopes and seeding for Atlanta meaning little given the muddle of the league after Florida and Kentucky, the Aggies visit is more about pride than anything else.

But that might be strong enough motivation. Remember, A&M delivered a death blow to LSU's postseason aspirations two weeks ago, blowing through and around LSU for the Aggies' most points in nearly three months. That was in College Station, though, and the PMAC should be a different story.

Almost no one is winning on the road in the SEC this year and Texas A&M is no exception. The Aggies have dropped their last six away games by an average of 15 points. That includes an overtime loss and a stunning 28-point blowout at South C arolina, the two worst teams in the league. LSU, per the league norm, is 6-1 in SEC home games.

Despite A&M winning four of its last six, that offense is still a disaster. Outside of the abhorrent aberration that was the LSU game, the Aggies are atrocious putting the ball in the basket. They've averaged a shade over 54 points in the last 10 games, (again, excluding the 83 vs. LSU) with two of those being overtime tilts, and they are 306th nationally in scoring. There's no excuse for the LSU defense to surrender another 80 points, or even 70 points, here.

Most of all, LSU needs to remind itself that it can be the type of team that showed up in Rupp Arena last Saturday. That team is good enough to make noise in the conference tournament. Yet that team has only showed up a handful of times this year. Now would be a good time to make sure it's here to stay for good. Delivering some revenge to the Aggies would be a good start.


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