CHALK TALK: Auburn at LSU

After two road losses in a row, LSU looks to get back on track at home.

CHALK TALK

Auburn at LSU, 6 p.m. Tuesday (ESPNU)

 

LSU (11-6, 1-2 SEC)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, 42 steals)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (8.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 26-75 3pt. FG)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (11.4 ppg, 25-30 FT, 24-62 3-pt. FG)

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 23 steals)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 59-77 FT)

Key reserves

F Malcolm White 6-8, 225, Sr. (4.1ppg, 2.4rpg)

F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

G-F Jalen Courtney 6-9, 228, So. (3.2 ppg. 1.7 rpg, 9-22 3-pt. FG)

G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (3.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

Coach: Trent Johnson (60-55, fourth season; 219-176, 13th season)

 

Auburn (11-6, 1-2 SEC)

Projected starters

G Varez Ward 6-2, 208, So. (8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg)

G Chris Denson 6-2, 172, So. (11.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

C Rob Chubb 6-10, 242, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 30-36 FT)

F Adrian Forbes 6-8, 232, Sr. (1.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

F Kenny Gabriel 6-8, 209, Sr. (11.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 48 blocks)

Key reserves

G Frankie Sullivan 6-1, 206, Jr. (11.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg)

G Josh Langford 6-7, 209, So. (5.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

F Allen Payne 6-6, 210, So. (3.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

Coach: Tony Barbee (22-26, second season; 104-78, sixth season)

 

Up next

The Tigers head back out on the road to take on Florida at 5 p.m. Saturday at the O’Connell Center.

 

Of note

  • LSU leads the series 81-62 after the teams split last season, with each winning on the road.
  • Warren is averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds a game since rejoining the starting crew after Johnny O’Bryant suffered a broken hand that required surgery.
  • Auburn has won three of its last four games in Baton Rouge, using a second-half surge to wipe out a 15-point deficit to do so last season.
  • Johnson is only 2-4 against Auburn in his tenure.
  • Arkansas’ nine made 3-pointers were the most LSU has given up since Northwestern drained 12 in the third game of the season. The Razorbacks’ 50% accuracy was the second best by an opponent against the Tigers this season, topped only by Virginia’s 60% (6 of 10).
  • Hamilton has blocked at least two shots in each of the last five games and has 7 rejections in three SEC games.
  • Justin Hamilton: Averaging 18.3 points and 10 rebounds in SEC play.

  • The combined record of the opponents Auburn has lost to this season is 75-29.
  • Like LSU, Auburn has already matched its win total from last season. AU got off to an 8-1 start, its best since 1999-2000.
  • Chubb has improved his free-throw shooting percentage 34 points this season. He has nearly matches his made foul shot total from all of last season when he was 33-of-67.
  • Gabriel recorded the first triple-double in AU history on Jan. 2 with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks against Bethune-Cookman.

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