After starting conference play with a disappointing loss at Missouri, The Tigers have now won two games in a row. The team looks to continue the streak Saturday at home against Texas A&M. The Aggies come in with a 10-5 record, having lost two out of three of their conference games. The Tigers have shown some flashes of brilliance early in the season. The Aggies also shocked the whole conference when they took #1 Kentucky into double overtime last week, after losing their first SEC game to a pretty bad Alabama team. They eventually lost, but it was an impressive effort nonetheless.
Forwards Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin have continued to lead the team for LSU, but the real story in conference play thus far has been the improved play of Tim Quarterman and Keith Hornsby. The guards have added a new dimension to the team. Josh Gray also had possibly his best game of the season at Ole Miss.
Behind the improved play of their guards The Tigers should be able to continue their win streak against Texas A&M. However, The Aggies do not allow as many points per game (62.5) as Ole Miss or Georgia. This could be a problem for The Tigers, who have struggled to get penetration on offense. If Texas A&M is able to swarm the ball on defense like Georgia, then LSU could struggle throughout with shooting. If Quarterman can rebound from his play against Ole Miss earlier in the week he will be a valuable asset for the team on Saturday.
Look for The Tigers to have a comfortable lead at halftime, but The Aggies will make some more shots in the second half. If LSU can avoid sloppy turnovers and make needed free throws they should come out with the win.
The game is set to air from the PMAC at 11 am CST on ESPN2.