LSU notebook: Aaron Epps gets first start of season _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones speaks with LSU forward Aaron Epps (21) on the bench against McNeese, Friday, November 13, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — For the second straight game, LSU coach Johnny Jones tinkered with his starting lineup for Monday night’s game against the College of Charleston.

Sophomore forward Aaron Epps, who has come off the bench for the first five games, started in place of center Elbert Robinson III. Epps, who’s more athletic at 6-feet, 9-inches, had five quick points with a 3-pointer and three rebounds in 15 minutes in the first half.

Jalyn Patterson made his second consecutive start, joining Epps, Ben Simmons, Tim Quarterman and Antonio Blakeney.

Falling out

As expected, LSU dropped out of both major polls on Monday after two losses in the Legends Classic in New York last week.

LSU, which was 3-0 going to the Legends Classic, lost to Marquette 81-80 and North Carolina State 83-72 in overtime. The setbacks dropped the Tigers from the No. 22 spot in the AP poll and No. 17 spot in the USA Today coaches poll.

LSU received just two points in the AP poll, but picked up 29 in the coaches rankings.

Tipoff Luncheon set

Former LSU basketball player Carl Siener, who played for the Tigers from 1971-74, will be the featured speaker for the December edition of the Johnny Jones’ Tipoff Luncheon on Tuesday at the L’Auberge Hotel and Casino.

The luncheon will be at the Bon Temps Buffet, on the ground floor of the hotel in the casino area. The buffet, which costs $14.99 per person, will be available at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at 12:10 p.m.

Busy day

Jones will conduct a practice between the luncheon and his first weekly radio show of the 2015-16 season, which is set for Tuesday at 8 p.m. at TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway.

The show can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. The show will normally air on Mondays during the season, but was pushed back one night because of the game with College of Charleston.

Scouts are out

Scouts and front office executives from 15 NBA teams were in attendance at Monday night’s game.

Being the team closest to Charleston, the Charlotte Hornets brought most of their execs and scouting staff to the game.