BATON ROUGE, La. — Two weeks after the LSU basketball team’s decisive win over Houston, it’s time for the team to prove if that was a turning point or a fluke.
LSU (5-2), which took a two-week hiatus for finals, hosts North Carolina Central (6-4).
North Carolina Central is having an impressive statistical season for a smaller school, averaging 72.1 points per game and allowing 66. By comparison, LSU is scoring 74 points and allowing 70.3.
The LSU point guard situation will be worth watching for Tigers fans. In LSU’s 84-65 win over Houston on Nov. 29, junior Jalyn Patterson started the game at the point and played 19 solid minutes. Patterson scored five points and made just one assist, far from rim-rattling numbers, but he looked strong on defense, helping him to a +/- grade of +9.
Freshman point guard Skylar Mays finished with the same +/- score, but he did it a completely different way. Mays accounted for zero points, 11 assists, four rebounds and one turnover, becoming the first LSU player to post a double-digit assist game since Ben Simmons last year.
In his interviews last week, LSU coach Johnny Jones didn’t announce which of his point guards will be in the starting lineup this week, but raved about the progress both have made.
Expect to see an equal dosage of both, more from Patterson when LSU needs a defender and more from Mays when LSU needs a distributor.
LSU basketball tonight
Projected starting 5
|PF||Craig Victor II||6-9||7.5||5.3||1.0|
About the game
NC Central (6-4) at LSU (5-2)
Game time: 8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET
Where: The Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
TV: SEC Network
Radio: LSU Radio Network