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Tigers blow out the Ospreys and get a surprise return

NCAA Basketball: North Florida at Louisiana State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to pull anything meaningful from LSU’s double up of UNF, but there were some interesting moments. The two teams traded 3s in the early going and UNF had a 11-10 lead at the first media break. Then LSU turned it on and never looked back, with a 44-12 run for the rest of the first half, putting the game away early.

Four Tigers were in double figure scoring by the end of the night, with Doup Reath and Tremont Waters tying at 15 points. Waters got himself a double-double by adding on 10 assists. Despite holding UNF to 52 points (and it could have been much worse, but got to the point of subbing in walk-on’s at the end of the game) It didn’t look like a great defensive effort, at least to my untrained eyes. UNF just kept shooting...and missing. The Osprey’s shot 31% overall and were a woeful 11-31 at the 3 pt line. At some point, LSU stopped really defending the three and just setup for the easy rebounds, collecting 50 as a team on the night.

The biggest news of the game might have been the reappearance of Brandon Sampson, who’s been out since his ankle injury in the first minutes of the Maui game vs Michigan. Sampson only played 10 minutes in short bursts over both halves, but got himself a few buckets and looked good on defense. In postgame, Sampson said he thought he could have come back two games earlier, but they didn’t want to rush it.

And....that’s about it. LSU scored 100+, doubled up an opponent, and Reed Vial got three minutes on the floor. About as good of an outcome to expect on the last game before Christmas break. Tigers get some time off then return to action next Thursday in a huge road test at Memphis, at 8pm on THE FORBIDDEN NETWORK CBS-SN. I hope some of you get better cable packages for Christmas....