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GAMETHREAD: Basketball vs. Incarnate Word, 1pm, SEC Network

Tigers wrap up finals week with an easy test

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The 6-2 LSU Tigers look to extend their home winning streak to 13 games Sunday afternoon when they take on the 5-5 Incarnate Word Cardinals in the PMAC. The Cardinals hail from San Antonio, TX and represent the Southland Conference, where they finished in 12th place last season with a paltry 7-21 (2-16) record.

Incarnate Word is 5-5 on the season, albeit only one of their wins came against a Division I opponent, an overtime victory over North Dakota State. By KenPom efficiency ratings, the Cardinals rank 300th in offense, and 353rd in defense among 353 Division I teams. The Cardinals are a 25 point underdog to LSU and are given a 1% chance of winning.

Coach Wade spoke with the media Thursday, with Naz Reid’s transition from high school to college basketball being one of the main topics.

“Naz is doing well. You look at some of the freshmen around the country. Nassir Little comes off the bench for North Carolina. (Jahvon) Quinerly doesn’t even play sometimes for Villanova. It’s hard. It’s a major transition,” said Wade. “For a lot of guys, this is the first time in their basketball lives that things haven’t gone exactly as they planned. When things don’t go as planned, in the past if they had a bad game, they could just show back up and everything would work out the next game because they were just so much better than everyone else. This is a great time for growth. It’s a great time for learning.”

“He’ll continue to learn what he can and can’t do offensively, what he can and can’t get away with. Some of the things that worked before, aren’t going to work now. He’s got a good feel for that. He’s such a smart player. He’s such a smart person. He understands.”

This afternoon’s contest will tip off at 1pm in the PMAC and will be televised on the SEC Network. You can also listen in on 98.1FM or attend the game for free with the donation of a new, unopened toy at the LSU box office via the Toys for Tots campaign.