Chalk talk: LSU at Houston

After a frustrating loss to South Alabama, the Tigers head West to face the Cougars

CHALK TALK

LSU (3-3)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (13.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 178, So. (11.8 ppg, 2.7 apg, 17-19 FT)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (11 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 14-38 3pt. FG)

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (7.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 21-24 FT)

Key reserves

F Malcolm White 6-9, 220, Sr. (3.5 ppg, 2 rpg)

F Johnny O’Bryant 6-9, 262, Fr. (9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

G John Isaac 6-2, 208, Fr. (3.3 ppg, 2 rpg)

F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Coach: Trent Johnson (52-52, fourth season; 211-172, 13th season)

 

Houston (3-2)

Projected starters

G Joseph Young 6-3, 185, Fr. (11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.2 apg, 11-25 3-pt. FG, 13-14 FT)

G Darlan Thibodeaux 6-3, 175, Sr. (7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

G Jonathon Simmons 6-6, 195, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 4 rpg)

F Alandise Harris 6-6, 230, So. (17.8 ppg,5.8 rpg)

F TaShawn Thomas 6-8, 215, Fr. (9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 12 blocks)

Key reserves

F Kirk Van Slyke 6-9, 215, Jr. (15 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 21-22 FT)

G J.J. Thompson 6-0, 185, Fr. (8 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

F Mikhail McLean 6-8, 205, So. (2.2 ppg, 3 rpg)

Coach: James Dickey (15-20, second season; 179=143 12 season)

 

Up next: LSU travels to the East Coast to face Rutgers at 6 p.m. Saturday in Piscataway, N.J., in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

 

Of note

  • Houston owns a 9-6 advantage in the series, 6-3 in Space City. The Cougars won on LSU’s last trip to Hofheinz Pavilion, 81-72, in 2004.
  • LSU limited UH to 39.7% shooting last season in a 73-57 victory at the PMAC.
  • Warren logged a double-double against the Cougars with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Turner led the Tigers with 15 points Stringer scored 13, hitting 11-of-12 free throws.
  • Houston’s biggest win of the season was an 87-78 decision at Arkansas on Nov. 18.
  • Van Slyke is one of only three Conference USA players who ranks in the top 12 in both scoring and rebounding.
  • Dickey was one of the top candidates for the LSU job in 1997 when Dale Brown retired, but opted to stay at Texas Tech.

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