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GAMETHREAD: Basketball vs. Charleston, 6pm, ESPNU

The Tigers try to taste Thanksgiving triumph

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

The #19-ranked LSU Tigers (4-0) will wrap up the last quarterfinal in the AdvoCare Invitational this evening as they take on the College of Charleston Cougars (3-1). Tonight’s contest marks the first of three games the Tigers will play this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

The Cougars are coming off a 26-8 season in which they won the Colonial Athletic Association before losing to Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a 13 seed. The two teams last met two years ago in a 75-65 victory for the visiting Tigers, led by Duop Reath’s 23 points.

Will Wade, former head coach of Charleston’s conference opponent VCU, spoke to the media Monday about the Cougars and the tournament itself.

“Big opportunity for us this week. Charleston is a very good ball club,” said Wade. “Won the CAA, pushed Auburn in the NCAA Tournament last year. Two phenomenal players are Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley. Most of their stuff runs through them, they have some other pieces, some good looking freshmen. It will be a big challenge for us, especially as we move away from home. We have played all of the games at home so far, so it will be a bigger challenge as we move into a neutral environment.”

“I think it is good preparation for the SEC Tournament and good preparation for hopefully the NCAA Tournament to play so many games and to play back-to-back days, Thursday and Friday,” Wade continued. “I think it is good preparation for where we hope to go against really good competition, against teams that can play in those type of events.”

Tonight’s contest will tip off at 6pm and will be televised on ESPNU. You can also listen in on 100.7FM or join the discussion in the comments below.

College of Charleston Projected Starting 5

#1 - Grant Riller: 19.0 PPG, 3.8 APG, 37.3 MPG

#5 - Jarrell Brantley: 18.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 34.3 MPG

#2 - Brevin Galloway: 10.8 PPG, 1.8 SPG, 27.3 MPG

#10 - Zep Jasper: 8.8 PPG, 2.0 APG, 32.8 MPG

#23 - Nick Harris: 0.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 15.8 MPG

LSU Tigers Projected Starting 5

#0 - Naz Reid: 15.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 20.8 MPG

#1 - Ja’vonte Smart: 13.0 PPG, 2.0 APG, 24.5 MPG

#3 - Tremont Waters: 13.0 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.0 SPG, 33.0 MPG

#4 - Skylar Mays: 12.8 PPG, 1.5 APG, 28.5 MPG

#24 - Emmitt Williams: 9.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 24.5 MPG