BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU basketball team is unbeaten at home this season, but the year hasn’t been without hardships.
Coming off a narrow victory over N.C. Central on Tuesday, the LSU basketball team hosts Texas Southern today at 6 p.m. ET from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers (6-2) have struggled intensely in the first halves of games this year, having been outscored by 33 points in eight first halves. But the team has a knack for turning things around in the second half, outscoring its opponents by 63 points.
“We’re fortunate that we’re able to do a good job at halftime and throughout the game making adjustments with our team defensively and even on the offensive end with trying to get better shots, but at the same time take away some of our opponents’ strengths,” LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said of the trend. “I’d hate to get off to a great start and not finish well. But I’m glad we’ve had the ability to finish strong in games.”
In Texas Southern, LSU faces an intriguing opponent. Southern is 4-6 and ranks 297th in the nation in scoring defense this year, but Jones described it as a “big, strong and quick team” that has a chance to compete for its conference title and a spot in the NCAA tournament.
As has been the case for most of the season, the only question mark in the LSU starting lineup should be at point guard. Freshman Skylar Mays started against N.C. Central and played most of the first half because junior Jalyn Patterson was feeling sick, according to Jones. But Patterson returned and outplayed Mays in the second half, helping spark LSU’s comeback win.
Assuming Patterson is healthy, he likely will join sophomores Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson in LSU’s backcourt. Craig Victor II and Duop Reath will start in the frontcourt for LSU, with Aaron Epps and Wayde Sims likely to be the first players off LSU’s bench.
Who will play for LSU basketball?
Projected starting five
|PF||Craig Victor II||7.6||6.4||1.0|
How to watch
LSU vs. Texas Southern
When: 6 p.m. ET
Where: The Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.
TV: SEC Network
Stream: SEC Network+
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network
Giveaways: The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive an LSU football Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl poster. If you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, your ticket will be free.