BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU steps out of conference play on Saturday to face the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
LSU (13-7, 6-2) winners in four of their last five games, still stands on the outside looking in for an NCAA Tournament invitation. A win against the No. 1 team in the country would without a doubt help LSU's argument to make the Big Dance.
The Sooners (17-2, 6-2) are averaging 86 points a game, while giving up only 71 points per contest.
The team is 4-2 against top 25 teams, losing only to No. 4 Kansas, 109-106 in 3OT, and No. 14 Iowa State, 82-77. Both Big 12 losses were played on the road.
Oklahoma enjoys the three point field goal. The team has hit 212 of 454 shots from three point land, a 47% average.
Senior guard Buddy Hield is no doubt the big name player for the Sooners. He is averaging just under 26 points per game and is averaging 52% from three point distance.
Jordan Woodard is averaging 54% from three point land. The junior guard is also averaging 14.9 points per game and leads the team with 33 steals.
Isaiah Cousins, a senior guard, is the team leader with 86 assists and averages 13.1 points per game.
Ben Simmons leads the Tigers with 19.8 points per game, 12.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Keith Hornsby is averaging 13.2 per game, Craig Victor II 12.8 and Tim Quarterman 11.6.
With LSU averaging 81 points per game and Oklahoma 86, watch out for a high scoring affair in a nationally televised game the Tigers must win.
Tipoff from the PMAC is Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.