Coming off an exciting 64-63 upset of Mizzou this past weekend, the LSU Tigers (15-11, 6-8) look to continue their recent fortunes in the PMAC in a rematch against the Vanderbilt Commodores (11-16, 5-9) Tuesday night. The two teams met in Nashville on January 20th, a frustrating 77-71 contest in Vanderbilt’s favor.
“They were more aggressive than us in the first game. That really hurt us,” said Coach Will Wade on Monday. “They shot 30 free throws, we shot 21. They made 20, we made 13.”
“Roberson and (Riley) LaChance had 46 of their 77 against us the first time,” he continued. “They clubbed us pretty good. We are going to need to play quite a bit better to give a chance this next time here. Hopefully we will play more aggressive and drive the ball and get to the foul line a little bit better than we did the first time against them.”
Riley LaChance was a name heard early and often in the first meeting between the two teams. The senior guard scored 26 points on 14 attempts from the field, including a 6-of-6 performance from the free throw line.
“We let him get to his right hand and drive us,” Wade recalled about his headaches with LaChance. “We gave up an offensive rebound three. We lost him on a shake action three on a throwback where we over helped in on their five man rolling. We fouled him a couple times late on a ball-screen turndown. We fouled him and he hit two free throws. We did a poor job of having awareness on him.”
LaChance drained 4 three point shots, tying LSU’s pitiful team total for the game. The Tigers shot 4-of-19 from beyond the arc, including a poor 1-of-6 performance by Tremont Waters, who finished with only 7 points. Senior Duop Reath almost made up for his team’s poor shooting performance, as the 6’11” power forward would finish with a career-high 31 points.
Projected Vanderbilt Commodores Starting 5
#11 PF - Jeff Roberson: 16.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 33.7 minutes
#13 SG/PG - Riley LaChance: 13.2 PPG, 3.3 APG, 30.9 minutes
#0 PG - Saben Lee: 10.0 PPG, 3.0 APG, 25.9 minutes
#2 SF/PF - Joe Toye: 6.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 18.4 minutes
#1 SG/SF - Payton Willis: 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 18.1 minutes
Towards the end of yesterday’s presser, Wade noted the fans’ support of his somewhat thrown-together roster, while hoping for some higher turnout for the remaining two home games.
“I think they appreciate that the guys play hard,” said Wade. “We are kind of duct tapped together a little bit right now. They are trying. They are trying really hard. Hopefully we can make our fans respect that.”
Tonight’s contest will tip off just after 8pm, and will be televised on the SEC Network. You can listen in on the radio at 98.1 FM, or follow along in the comments below or via my live tweets @marq113.