Opening Tip: Tennessee At LSU
What: Tennessee (14-14, 6-10 SEC) at LSU (21-8, 10-6 SEC)
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
All-time series: Tennessee leads 62-44
Last meeting: LSU 73, Tennessee 55 (at Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 14, 2015)
TV: SEC Network
Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
Up next: LSU will visit Arkansas at 1 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
SEEKING A SWEEP: LSU will attempt to complete a third season sweep of their five home-and-home matchups this season with a victory over Tenessee, whom the Tigers beat 73-55 on Feb. 14 in Knoxville. LSU has swept Florida and Ole Miss, split with Auburn and lost twice to Texas A&M.
PROTECTING THE BALL: Since joining the starting lineup Feb. 7, LSU freshman guard Jalyn Patterson has committed just 10 turnovers in seven games while playing 241 minutes. For the season, Patterson has just 21 turnovers in 27 games while logging 621 minutes.
JOIN THE CLUB: With Keith Hornsby (1,022) and Jarell Martin (1,001) already surpassing the 1,000-minute mark this season, they’ll likely be joined tonight by Jordan Mickey (989) and possibly Tim Quarterman (966). LSU had only three players with 1,000 minutes in 34 games a year ago.
HOME SWEET HOME: Under third-year coach Johnny Jones, LSU has put together a 40-9 record in the PMAC entering tonight’s home finale. The Tigers are 13-3 this season and a victory would match the 14-3 mark they had at home in Jones’ first season in 2012-13. They were 13-3 a year ago.
WELCOME BACK: First-year Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall returns to the PMAC for the first time since serving four seasons as an assistant on John Brady’s staff from 1997-2001. It was Tyndall’s first job at the Division I level. He’s also been a head coach at Morehead State and Southern Miss.
Know Your Opponent
Tennessee has been struggling since getting off to a solid 4-1 start in SEC play — which included a victory over Arkansas. The Vols, who are severely hampered by a lack of size, are 2-9 since Jan. 21. Only two of their top eight players are taller than 6 feet, 6 inches even though point guard Josh Richardson is having a big senior season in averaging 15.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Having to rely on a 2-3 zone because of the lack of height, Tennessee ranks 13th in the league in field-goal defense and is last in 3-point field-goal defense. In an earlier matchup in Knoxville on Feb. 14, LSU simply shredded the UT zone in hitting 64.0 percent of its shots from the field — going 7 of 10 from 3-point range — en route to a 47-20 halftime lead and eventual 73-55 blowout win.
Tennessee (14-4, 6-10 SEC)
G Josh Richardson, 6-6, Sr., 15.5 ppg, 3.6 apg
G Kevin Punter, 6-4, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G Robert Hubbs III, 6-6, So., 6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F Armani Moore, 6-5, Jr., 10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F Willie Carmichael III, 6-8, Fr., 3.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg
F Derek Reese, 6-8, Jr., 6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg
G Detrick Mostella, 6-3, Fr., 3.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg
G Devon Baulkman, 6-5, Jr., 4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg
LSU (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 6.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.7 ppg, 3.9 apg
F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg
F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 16.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg
G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 7.4 ppg, 4.0 apg
C Darcy Malone, 7-0, So., 1.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg
F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg