Three things to watch for in the A&M-LSU game
Note: Game is at noon on CBS
Can A&M stifle LSU’s attack like they did at Reed Arena three weeks ago? LSU has picked up its offense since leaving Reed Arena on Jan. 19 with a 71-57 loss. The Aggies held LSU to 4 of 21 shooting to finish the last game. The Tigers have scored no less than 72 points in six games, four of which have been wins. Freshman McDonald’s All-American Antonio Blakeney has scored 53 points in his last two games. His emergence along with Ben Simmons has given the Tigers arguably the best 1-2 freshman combination in the nation. Simmons was the national freshman of the week last week.
Can A&M senior guard Alex Caruso bounce back from his worst game of the season? Caruso had one field goal, a dunk, and six turnovers against Alabama after filling the stat sheet for the entire season. His scoring average had been steadily climbing until that point and the turnovers had dropped. I’m betting there won’t be a repeat of Alabama, especially since this game should be much more open.
Who will show up for the Tigers? LSU will start four players that have had games of at least 27 points. Six Tigers have season highs of at least 19 points, but Ben Simmons is the only one who averages better than 14 points a game. Keith Hornsby, Tim Quarterman and Antonio Blakeney have all won games for the Tigers, but have also shot them out of a few.