From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – The LSU men's basketball team, riding a four-game winning streak, return to action after a short Christmas break, Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against McNeese State University.
The game will be regionally televised on Cox Sports TV with Lyn Rollins and Collis Temple III on the broadcast, while the radio call of Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and host Kevin Ford will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, WWL 870 AM in New Orleans).
Tickets are available online at LSUtix.net and will be on sale at the upper concourse ticket windows of the Maravich Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans to enter the Maravich Center on game night will receive an LSU coffee mug that features the new basketball Tiger logo. As always, LSU students are admitted free of charge with a valid LSU ID.
The Tigers in the final portion of their non-conference schedule are 9-2 on the year, having won in this present streaks games against Butler (in the third place game at the Old Spice Classic), ULM, at Texas Tech and UAB. McNeese is 2-9 and in the concluding stretches of a nine-game set away from Lake Charles that finds them playing only one home game in the months of November and December.
LSU continued to show success on the court in its 23-point win over a nine-win UAB team. The Tigers made 10-of-17 three-pointers and show 48 percent overall from the field, turning the ball over just 10 times. Johnny O'Bryant III had 17 points, Andre Stringer 13 and freshmen Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey each had 12. Also impressive was freshman point guard Tim Quarterman who came off the bench and had 9 points and 9 assists.
LSU has made 19 treys in the last two games and over the seven games overall is shooting 50 percent from the field. Although LSU was out rebounded in both games last week, LSU was able to win both games and in fact, has won all three games in which the team was out rebounded.
The Tigers are expected to stay with the lineup that they have used six times this year with a 5-1 record – O'Bryant III, Mickey and Martin at forwards with Stringer and Anthony Hickey at the guards. O'Bryant III is averaging 15.0 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Mickey is at 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. Martin, continuing to improve and get back in shape after opening game ankle sprain, is at 7.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. Guards Stringer and Hickey also have good numbers with Stringer averaging 13.0 points per game and 3.0 assists while Hickey posted at 10.0 a game with a 37-11 assist to turnover ratio.
McNeese has three players in double figures led by Ledrick Eackles at 14.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds, Kevin Hardy at 11.2 points and 7 boards, while Desharick Guidry is a recent addition to the Cowboy team and in three games has averaged 10 points and 7.3 rebounds.