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Men’s Hoops Gets Big Time Win Over Texas A&M

COULD IT BE????

LSU Men’s Basketball

Folks...LSU men’s basketball might be back!

Maybe.

Still, the Tigers went on the road to begin SEC play and scored a pretty big win over Texas A&M. LSU (9-5, 1-0) beat the Aggies 68-53 to score by far and away their most impressive win of the 2023-2024 season. It is also, as Geaux 247’s Matthew Brune pointed out, LSU’s first true road win in nearly two years.

LSU simply dominated the Aggies in the second half. The Tigers went into the break trailing by two, and proceeded to outscore A&M by 17 in the second half. I’m not sure where this defense came from (BLAKE BAKER PERHAPS???) but LSU held A&M to 25 percent shooting Saturday night, and the Aggies only hit one of their final 10 shots. A&M ended the game on a near-four minute long scoring drought.

Everyone who took the floor in an LSU uniform scored. Jordan Wright led the way with 20 points, while Jalen Cook continues to flourish now that his eligibility’s been reinstated. Cook had a steady hand running the point and pitched in 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The Tigers got healthy production from its bench, as the reserves combined for 25 points. Tyrell Ward and Jalen Reed each had eight points, while Hunter Dean had four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

The Aggies may be ahead of LSU in all the advanced metrics and whatnot (#23 in KenPom, #25 in NET) but LSU did literally everything better than A&M Saturday night in College Station: they shot better, they out-rebounded, they had more assists, they got more bench production, and scored more points in the paint.

Does this one single win mean LSU men’s basketball is quote/unquote back? Who the hell knows. Remember, Matt McMahon’s squad won their SEC opener against a really good Arkansas team...and then lost 14 straight. But there’s no denying this team’s been playing better since Jalen Cook returned.

Next up LSU will come back home to the PMAC to take on Vanderbilt, Tuesday night at 8:00. SEC Network will have that game.