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Basketball Doubleheader: Men Hosting Sam Houston State, Women Host ULL

Tigers take on hastily scheduled Bearkats, Cajuns inside the PMAC

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LSU’s men’s basketball team was supposed to spend the weekend in Atlanta playing South Florida but because of contact tracing related to COVID-19 within the LSU program that game was called off; in order to make up that cancelled contest the Tigers are now hosting Sam Houston State.

Tip off is set for 11:00 A.M. and will be broadcasted on the SEC Network. The game will be closed to the public however. Also Will Wade will not be on the sidelines because of contact tracing; Bill Armstrong will coach in his place.

When we last saw LSU, the Tigers had just finished demolishing Louisiana Tech, 86-55. It was the second strong defensive game for LSU in a row, the Tigers held Southeastern to a mere 43 points.

It won’t be as easy shutting down Sam Houston State’s offense, the Bearkats have scored 100 points in three straight games. Zach Nutall is Sam Houston’s leading scorer, averaging 25.5 points per game.

Of course, offense isn’t hard to come by for LSU. LSU is averaging 89 points through four games and are led in scoring by freshman guard Cam Thomas (22 points a game) and sophomore forward Trendon Watford (18 points a game). LSU is also fifth in adjusted offense per Ken Pomoeroy.

Full disclosure I’ll be at my day job while all this is going on so I probably won’t be updating the men’s game as regularly as I normally do.

LSU women’s basketball team will take the PMAC floor a few hours after the men wrap up their game against Sam Houston State.

Like the men’s basketball team, this game was put together at the last minute. LSU was originally supposed to play Texas Southern, but TSU had to pull out due to COVID concerns.

It’s been a rough go of things for Nikki Fargas and her team to start the 2020-2021 season. The Lady Tigers have dropped all three games played. While the men’s team has had no problem scoring points, the same can’t be said for the women. LSU is averaging a paltry 47 points per game.

Whatever adjustments Fargas and the coaching staff want to make, they need to be implemented fast because league play begins in 17 days.