Tennessee at LSU, 8 p.m. Saturday
Radio: 98.1 FM. TV: CSS (Cox 4 in Louisiana)
LSU (17-11, 7-7 SEC)
G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 apg)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 40-113 3pt. FG)
G Chris Bass 6-1, 190, Sr. (1.7 ppg, 45 assists)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 29 steals)
F Malcolm White 6-8, 220, Sr. (3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.4 ppg, 52-62 FT, 60 assists)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 87-113 FT)
G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
Coach: Trent Johnson (66-60, 4th season; 225-181, 13th season)
Tennessee (16-13, 8-6 SEC)
G Trae Golden 6-1, 209, So. (13.3 ppg, 4.6 apg, 83% FT)
G Cameron Tatum 6-7, 193, Sr. (7.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 75% FT)
G Skylar McBee 6-3, 199, Jr. (6.7 ppg, 39.4% 3-pt. FG, 83.9% FT)
F Jeronne Maymon 6-7, 265, Jr. (12.6 ppg, 8 rpg, 57.1% FG)
F Jarnell Stokes 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.3 ppg, 7 rpg, 50% FG)
G Jordan McRae 6-5, 174, So. (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 78.8% FT)
F Dwight Miller 6-8, 240, Jr. (2.7 ppg, 52.2% FG)
G Josh Richardson 6-6, 186, 186 (2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg)
Coach: Cuonzo Martin (16-13, 1st season; 77-54, 4th season)
The Tigers finish the regular season at Auburn with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Auburn Arena.
Tennessee owns a 59-43 edge in the series, but LSU is 25-22 against the Volunteers in Baton Rouge. UT has won the last two games at the PMAC by a total of seven points.
LSU’s 48 points at Ole Miss were a season low. The last two times the Tigers have scored a season-low (vs. Virginia, vs. Kentucky), they have responded with an 81-55 victory against Ole Miss and a 71-65 triumph over Arkansas.
After winning only three of 16 SEC home games the last two seasons, LSU is 6-1 this season against league foes in the PMAC.
Stringer has scored in double digits in four of the last five games and is averaging 12.4 in that span. He is also averaging 3 assists a game in league play.
Storm WarrenWarren is within striking range of climbing into the top 25 on LSU’s all-time rebound list. He has 582 caroms with at least three games remaining. Ralph Jukkola ranks 25th with 601. With a strong finish, Warren could vault as high as 23rd and past Collie Tempe Jr., who has 607. Warren needs one more blocked shot to break a tie with Garrett Temple for fourth place on the Tigers’ all-time blocked shot chart.
Justin Hamilton has made a season-low one field goal in back-to-back games and his 9 total points in those games is his worst back-to-back performance of the season. As much as he has struggled offensively, Hamilton has continued to play a role defensively with 11 of his 24 steals in the last five games.
O’Bryant has snatched 8 rebounds or more in five of the nine SEC games he has played in and leads LSU in league games with 7.7 boards a game.
LSU has shot under 40% in five SEC games and has lost all five.
Tennessee has won six of the last seven games and has scored at least 73 points in five of those victories.
The Volunteers are allowing only 64.1 points a game in SEC road contests, but are also averaging only 57.1 a game.
UT is 2-8 on the road this season, with both wins coming in SEC games – at then 8th-ranked Florida, 75-70 on Feb. 11, and at South Carolina last Saturday.