For the final time in the tumultuous 2020-2021 season the LSU men’s basketball team (14-8, 9-6) will play inside the confines of the PMAC and will do so in desperate need of a win.
Hosting the last place Vanderbilt Commodores (7-13, 3-11) may be exactly what LSU needs to regain its footing in the final week of the regular season.
LSU has lost two straight games, one a truly bad loss at Georgia last Tuesday and then squandered a season-defining win at Arkansas on Saturday. Still, even with those losses LSU is still in line for a top-four seed and a double-bye in next week’s SEC Tournament and is 31st in the latest NET rankings.
Tuesday’s Vanderbilt game is one of those games where LSU will get no credit at all if they win but may be knocked out of the NCAA Tournament picture entirely if they lose. But LSU can’t afford to take the Dores lightly because 1) Vanderbilt beat LSU last season and 2) Vandy just beat Ole Miss and might have ended the Rebels hopes of making the Tournament.
If you’re able, try and make it out to the PMAC for what will surely be Cameron Thomas’s last game in Baton Rouge and possibly the last one for Trendon Watford, Darius Days and Javonte Smart.
And really that’s all I have to say for a game like this. It’s March and you’re playing the last place team in the conference. Go kick their ass, get your mind right for Missouri on Saturday. The real season starts now.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 and will be carried on the SEC Network.