The LSU basketball team knows how to win close games against inferior competition. But tonight marks the Tigers’ first true test since they returned to full strength. And it’s yet to be seen if that experience in close games will be able to carry over.
LSU (8-2) takes on Wake Forest (8-3) in the Tigers’ first road game of the season, and the last game before SEC play begins next week.
“This will be another step,” LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said. “It’ll be on someone else’s court, it’ll be our first true road game, and we’ll have an opportunity to see how our first timers, be it our freshmen or junior college transfer guys, will perform in that manner. This is something that we’ll have an opportunity to get used to, but I think these guys are ready to perform at a high level.”
For as good as Wichita State is, Wake Forest will truly be LSU’s toughest nonconference test this season. The Demon Deacons rank No. 19 in the RPI, thanks in large part to games against AP No. 1 Villanova and No. 17 Xavier.
That said, the KenPom rankings disagree. By strength of play on the court, KenPom has Wake Forest ranked as the No. 50 squad in college basketball, behind Wichita State and Houston. LSU is 1-1 against those schools.
Wake Forest has one of the best offenses in college basketball. Per 100 possessions, the Demon Deacons are expected to put up 113 points, a mark that ranks them in the top 25 in the NCAA.
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Wake Forest vs. LSU
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Joel Coliseum, Winston Salem, N.C.
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: 98.1 FM and the Tiger Sports Radio Network