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General Info

  • What: LSU (4-3) at Houston (5-1)
  • When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston
  • All-time series: Houston leads 9-7
  • Last meeting: LSU 59, Houston 58 (Nov. 29, 2011 in Houston)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host Gardner-Webb on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (SEC Network)
  • POSSESSIONS ARE UP: The result of shaving five seconds off the shot clock has been evident in LSU’s first seven games as the Tigers, as expected, have taken advantage of the new rule. LSU is averaging 78.6 possession per game after ranking in the top 10 in the country last season with 72.9 a game.
  • SCORING IS UP, TOO: Boosted by a 119-point barrage in its last outing against North Florida on Dec. 2, the Tigers are scoring 82.7 points per game — the hihest average since Johnny Jones took over in 2012. His team averaged 70.8, 74.7 and 73.4 points a game in his first three seasons.
  • MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Freshman Ben Simmons enters today’s game with five consecutive double-doubles, the longest streak for a Tigers player since Johnny O’Bryant III had five in a row in the 2012-13 season. Glen Davis produced eight consecutive double-doubles in the 2005-06 campaign.
  • HOT-SHOOTING: Thanks to shooting a sizzling 77.1 percent from the field in the second half of a 119-108 win over North Florida, LSU shot 64.3 percent for the evening. That stretched their winning streak to 17 games under Jones when they hit at least 50.0 from the floor.
  • WELCOME BACK: Jim Hawthorne, “The Voice of the Tigers,” will be on the road for a radio call the first time this basketball season since having a medical procedure in late October. Hawthorne was back at the mic for home games with South Alabama and North Florida.
  • After winning its first five games, Houston, which is under the direction of former Oklahoma and Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson, lost for the first time this season Tuesday night when it dropped a 67-57 decision to Rhode Island on the road. Four Cougars are averaging in double figures so far, with guard Rob Gray coming off the bench to average 17.7 points per game. Forward Devonta Pollard is next with 15.7 per game, while guards Ronnie Johnson and Damyean Dotson averaging 13.3 and 11.3 points a game, respectively. Houston has a veteran team with two seniors and three juniors in the starting lineup and another junior among its top three players who come off the bench. The Cougars are shooting 50.5 percent from the field. Houston also out-rebounds its opponents by eight rebounds a game. Sampson, who is in his second season at Houston, has a 518-290 career record in 27 seasons as a head coach.

LSU (4-3)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, Jr., 13.7 ppg, 3.3 apg
  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Sr., 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, So., 5.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg
  • F Ben Simmons, 6-10, Fr., 19.9 ppg, 14.9 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, So., 5.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Sr., 13.4 ppg*, 4.2 rpg*
  • G Brandon Sampson, 6-5, Fr., 9.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, Jr., 3.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Houston (5-1)

Probable Starters

  • G Ronnie Johnson, 6-0, Jr., 13.3 ppg, 3.3 apg
  • G LeRon Barnes, 6-5, Sr., 6.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
  • G Damyean Dotson, 6-5, Jr., 11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
  • F Devonta Pollard, 6-8, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
  • C Kyle Meyer, 6-10, Jr., 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
  • G Rob Gray, 6-2, So., 17.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
  • G Galen Robinson, 6-0, Fr., 7.2 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • F Danrad Knowles, 6-10, Jr., 4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg