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GAMETHREAD: LSU vs. Nicholls, 1:00 P.M., SEC Network

Tigers back on the hardwood after COVID postponements

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It’s been a long 12 days, but the LSU men’s basketball team (4-1) is finally back on the floor after having its last two games postponed due to COVID-19.

But the coronavirus is still throwing a wrench in LSU’s schedule. Instead of hosting the Texas Southern University Tigers, LSU will now host the instate Colonels of Nicholls (2-3). TSU, led by former LSU coach Johnny Jones, had to pull out of Saturday’s game due to the NCAA’s COVID rules.

When we last saw LSU, the Tigers had run the Sam Houston State Bearkats off the floor, 88-66 on December 14. Since then, LSU has had games against New Orleans, VCU and North Texas called off. Saturday’s game is also LSU’s last tuneup before SEC play begins Tuesday night at home against Texas A&M.

Nicholls, like LSU, has also had their schedule disrupted by COVID and haven’t played since December 1.

As customary with Will Wade’s LSU teams, the Tigers are one of the better teams on the offensive end. LSU is averaging 88 points a game and have four players averaging double figures, led by true freshman guard Cam Thomas who leads LSU with 21.

Sophomore forward Trendon Watford, LSU’s second leading scorer, is expected to play. Watford missed the Sam Houston State game with an ankle injury.

Tipoff is set for 1:00 P.M. and may be watched on SEC Network. The game, as always, can also be listened to on the LSU Sports Radio Network.