The new definition of insanity is to watch LSU basketball games over and over again and expect a different result. The Tigers were bombarded from 3-point range for the second straight game and steamrolled by Texas Tech 77-64 in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.
LSU (9-11) has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10. Very few of the games have been competitive. Only one of LSU’s nine recent defeats has come by single figures.
Texas Tech hit a season-high 12 shots from 3-point range after coming in averaging just 6.6 per game. The Red Raiders were 52.2 percent from downtown with one of the misses coming on a half-court heave to end the first half. They came into the game averaging 37.5 percent on 3-point attempts.
The downtown deluge came on the heels of Florida burying a school-record 19 3-pointers against LSU last Wednesday night.
LSU Player of the Game: Wayde Sims
For the second straight game, the only shred of positivity for LSU occurred when Sims was on the floor.
The freshman forward from Baton Rouge’s University High did not put up overwhelming statistics per se, finishing with 10 points and 2 rebounds off the bench. However, he was the only Tiger to finish the game with a positive plus/minus ratio while on the floor. LSU outscored Texas Tech by 7 points in Sims’ 29 minutes in the lineup.
On a team in need of wholesale change, inserting Sims into the starting lineup in place of Aaron Epps should be the first step.
Stat of the Game: 17 assists on 25 field goals
The Red Raiders had assists on 68 percent of their made field goals against LSU’s hapless defense — otherwise known as a clinic.
It wasn’t so much a turning point as “play that best sums up the 2016-17 LSU basketball season.”
Early in the game, LSU point guard Skylar Mays noticed a player calling for the ball in the corner and fired it to him. Trouble was, that player was not a teammate. It wasn’t even a guy on the floor.
Texas Tech dude on the bench puts his arms up. LSU dude passes him the ball. pic.twitter.com/mvPm4XH3A7
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) January 28, 2017
What’s next for LSU basketball?
More pain. But technically speaking it is a game against No. 23 South Carolina at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.