After returning home from Nashville with their third straight loss, LSU (11-7, 2-4) will attempt to turn their luck around against a team they’ve already beaten earlier this month: Texas A&M (13-6, 2-5). After losing to the Tigers in heartbreaking fashion, the Aggies would lose their next two games to start 0-5 in conference play. They’ve since beaten Ole Miss and Mizzou, and they’re looking to take a winning streak into Allen Fieldhouse when they take on #5 Kansas this weekend.
In case you missed out on LSU’s first SEC victory of the season, the Tigers knocked off the Aggies 69-68 in Reed Arena seventeen days ago. After LSU jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, the two teams would play a very even game, with the Tigers trailing by a few points for most of the second half. Tremont Waters was a huge factor in winning the game, scoring 21 points after shooting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, including the last second prayer to win the game.
TREMONT WATERS SPLASH. #LSU pic.twitter.com/CIYsyw52Ip— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) January 6, 2018
Speaking of Tremont Waters, he hasn’t really been himself during this three game skid, especially the last two games. This doesn’t feel like the same freshman phenom who dropped 39 points on Marquette or recorded a double-double against Kentucky. In the last two games combined, Waters scored 11 points, shooting an embarrassing 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. This is the first time this season Waters scored less than 10 points and didn’t make a single trip to the free throw line in consecutive games. The Tigers desperately need their superstar point guard back to form if they want to get back to a .500 conference record.
Texas A&M guards Duane Wilson and Admon Gilder have since recovered from their knee injuries that kept them from playing in the loss to LSU. While Wilson hasn’t been much of an offensive threat outside of his passing ability, Admon Gilder has been averaging 11.3 points in his four games since returning from injury.
Projected Texas A&M Aggies Starting 5
#34 C - Tyler Davis: 14.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 28.8 minutes
#13 PG - Duane Wilson: 10.6 PPG, 4.4 APG, 26.5 minutes
#1 SF - DJ Hogg: 12.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 31.4 minutes
#10 PF - Tonny Trocha-Morelos: 8.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 23.7 minutes
#3 SG - Admon Gilder: 12.3 PPG, 3.1 APG, 30.6 minutes
Tonight’s contest will tip off at 8pm in the PMAC, and will be televised on ESPNU. You can listen on the radio at 98.1 FM, or follow along in the comments below or via my live tweets @marq113.