The SEC championship is within the Tigers grasp.
LSU, road warriors of the conference, try to go a perfect 9-0 in SEC games away from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. In their way is a Florida team that resuscitated its NCAA tournament hopes by beating these very same Tigers two weeks ago in Baton Rouge.
LSU found out the hard way that Florida’s defense is as good as advertised. The Tigers shot 42 percent from the floor and 31 percent from three. LSU was uncharacteristically poor from the free throw line in the first meeting, making only 64 percent of their freebies.
Tremont Waters, who returned to the lineup Saturday against Alabama, had an especially rough go of things against the Gators, shooting 3-12. Waters was feeling ill coming into the first game against Florida and head coach Will Wade is confident that Waters will play better now that he’s over his flu and a change of strategy on LSU’s part.
“He’ll be feeling better. I think that will be the number one thing. I just don’t think he was himself,” Wade said. “I had a very, very poor plan of attack the first time against Florida. We’re going to change up what we do and we’re going to have a much better plan of attack.”
Tip off is set for 6 P.M. on ESPN2.