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LSU guard Skylar Mays (4), shown earlier this season against Houston, had a breakout performance with 22 points and six assists a year ago when the Tigers visited Arkansas. The two teams meet against tonight in Bud Walton Arena.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

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General Info

• What: LSU (10-4, 1-1 SEC) at Arkansas (11-4, 1-2 SEC)

• When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

• Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.

• All-time series: Arkansas leads 35-28

• Last meeting: Arkansas 78, LSU 70 (Feb. 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge)

• Streaking: LSU (W1), Arkansas (L2)

• TV: SEC Network (Mike Morgan, play-by-play; Pat Bradley, analyst)

• Online: www.ESPN.com/watch

• Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Chris Blair, play-by-play; John Brady, analyst)

• In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate

• Up next: vs. Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network)

The Storyline

Fresh off an exhilarating 69-68 road win at then-No. 11 Texas A&M on Saturday, LSU should have its hands full again when it travels to Arkansas, which received votes in the AP poll after being ranked 22nd a week ago. Even though the Razorbacks have dropped two road games in a row to Mississippi State and Auburn, they’ll be back in their comfort zone in noisy Bud Walton Arena — where they have piled up a 135-53 record in conference play since joining the SEC in the 1992-93 academic year. Coach Mike Anderson puts on the floor a seasoned lineup with four senior starters and another one coming off the bench as the sixth man. The team is led by a three-guard lineup of Jaylen Barford, Daryl Macon and Anton Beard, who have combined for 47.3 points per game — which accounts for 53.4 percent of their offense this season. The trio averages a shade under 50 points per game on their home floor. While the Razorbacks still employ a swarming half-court and full-court defense, they’ve had some trouble since SEC play started; they rank last in scoring defense in SEC play at 86.3 points per game and are 11th in field-goal defense after three games as their opponents are shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.

Starting Five

• BREAKING OUT: LSU sophomore guard Skylar Mays had a breakout performance in his visit to Fayetteville last year. The Baton Rouge native had a career-best 22 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 99-86 loss.

• TIGHTENING UP: After having issues early this season, LSU is sixth in scoring defense in SEC play after Tuesday’s games. The Tigers have given up 71.0 points a game in a loss to Kentucky and a win over Texas A&M.

• FINISHING THE JOB: The Tigers are 10-0 this season when leading or is tied going to halftime. LSU is 8-0 so far when it has the lead coming out for the second half and is 2-0 when it’s been tied going into the final 20 minutes.

• RAZORBACKS SUCCESS: Since the 2014-15 season, Arkansas ranks second in the SEC with 35 league victories — with 20 of them coming in Bud Walton Arena. Over that same span, LSU is 10th with 25 conference wins.

• ROCKY ROAD: SEC teams playing on the road Tuesday night were 1-3, bringing the total for the season to 7-16 for a winning percentage of just .304. LSU, Mississippi State and Georgia hope to improve that number tonight.

By the numbers

9 — LSU players who have had double-digit assists games since the start of the 2002-03 season, Only one player has more than two such games: Freshman Tremont Waters with three (10, 10 and 10) in his first 14 career games.

The Lineups

LSU Tigers (10-4, 1-1 SEC)

Probable starters

• G Tremont Waters, 5-11, Fr., 17.4 ppg, 6.0 apg

• G Skylar Mays, 6-4, So., 12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg

• G Daryl Edwards, 6-3, Jr., 6.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg

• F Aaron Epps, 6-10, Sr., 10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

• F Duop Reath, 6-11, Sr., 12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Key reserves

• G Brandon Sampson, 6-5, Jr., 7.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg

• F Wayde Sims, 6-6, So., 7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg

• G Randy Onwuasor, 6-3, Sr., 4.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Arkansas Razorbacks (11-4, 1-2 SEC)

Probable starters

• G Jaylen Barford, 6-3, Sr, 18.9 ppg, 3.5 apg

• G Daryl Macon, 6-3, Sr., 16.7 ppg, 3.8 apg

• G Anton Beard, 6-0, Sr., 11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

• F Dustin Thomas, 6-8, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg

• F Daniel Gafford, 6-11, Fr., 12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg

Key reserves

• F Trey Thompson, 6-9, Sr., 3.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg

• F Adrio Bailey, 6-6, So., 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg

• F Darious Hall, 6-6, Fr., 4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg

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