CHALK TALK: Tennessee at LSU

Vols and Tigers are wrestling for seeding position for next week's SEC Tournament.


Tennessee at LSU, 8 p.m. Saturday

Radio: 98.1 FM. TV: CSS (Cox 4 in Louisiana)

LSU (17-11, 7-7 SEC)

Projected starters

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)

Key reserves

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)

Projected starters

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)

Key reserves

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)


Up next

The Tigers finish the regular season at Auburn with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Auburn Arena.

Of note

  • 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 Warren

    Warren 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.

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