PREVIEW: LSU vs. Texas A&M

The Tigers and Aggies square off in an early 11 a.m. tipoff Saturday morning in the PMAC. Get ready for the action with this full preview from TSD, including projected starting lineups.

LSU (13-3, 2-1) returns home for an early Saturday matchup with Texas A&M (10-5, 1-2) before hitting the road next week for a pair of games at Florida and Vanderbilt.

Tipoff in the PMAC is set for 11 a.m., and ESPN2 will have the live television broadcast.

The Tigers are above .500 in league play courtesy of Wednesday’s 75-71 triumph at Ole Miss, a game in which three LSU players finished with double-doubles.

Billy Kennedy’s Aggies scored their first conference win in three tries on Tuesday, holding on to defeat SEC cellar dweller Mississippi State 74-70 in College Station. A&M enjoys the benefit of an extra day’s rest heading into the Saturday late-morning affair.

Get ready for the game with projected starters and stats, matchup and personnel talk as well as quotes from LSU coach Johnny Jones and Tiger players on the Aggies.


LSU (13-3, 2-1)

PG Josh Gray (Jr., 6-1, 183) – 9.9 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg
G Keith Hornsby (Jr., 6-4, 210) – 12.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
F Jarell Martin (So., 6-10, 235) – 16.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 50.0% FGs
F Jordan Mickey (So., 6-8, 235) – 15.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.7 bpg
C Darcy Malone (So., 7-0, 245) – 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 50.0% FGs

Impact Reserve: G Tim Quarterman (So., 6-6, 187) – 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.3 apg

Texas A&M (10-5, 1-2)

PG Alex Caruso (Jr., 6-5, 184) – 8.9 ppg, 5.9 apg, 2.2 spg
G Jordan Green (Sr., 6-5, 188) – 6.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 54.1% FGs
G Danuel House (Jr., 6-7, 195) – 13.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 38.4% FGs
G/F Jalen Jones (Jr., 6-7, 223) – 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 49.2% FGs
F Kourtney Roberson (Sr., 6-9, 247) – 8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 66.3% FGs

Impact Reserve: F Tavario Miller (So., 6-7, 226) – 3.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 bpg


- A&M is not unlike most of LSU’s opposition three game into SEC play in that the Aggies are stronger on the perimeter than in the post and because they aren’t a terribly prolific offensive team. So far this season Billy Kennedy’s crew ranks 171st in Division-I basketball averaging only 68.2 points a game. Johnny Jones made no bones Friday about the fact that LSU will look to make this a “high-possession game.” So expect LSU to trap and press some early and when the Tigers have favorable, smaller lineups on the floor.

- Back to the familiar guard-oriented theme LSU’s faced in the last two weeks. Texas A&M’s top two leading scorers are both built in the mold of swingmen in Danuel House, a transfer from Houston that LSU courted at one point in the recruiting process, and Jalen Jones, now an experienced scorer in the SEC as a junior. Those two, combined with point guard Alex Caruso, who continues to be one of the league’s best distributors, makes this an important game defensively for the likes of Tim Quarterman and Jalyn Patterson coming off the bench. Caruso had 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists in A&M’s recent win over State.


“We needed to make sure, we’re hopeful that we can control the tempo in the game. They’re going to be very methodical with their play, they’re going to hold the ball offensively and get into the shot clock. We’d certainly like to have it be a high-possession game.”
- Johnny Jones on upping the pace against Aggies

“It’ll be a great matchup. They have a lot of guards that can make plays and the same with us … I’m familiar with Kourtney Roberson and Danuel House, we’re close friends. In college Roberson is a post man. He’s pretty strong and he likes to grab rebounds, so you’ve got out-tough him.”
- Josh Gray on playing A&M, two guys he knows on Aggies’ team

“We’re really excited about him. Just like the role Keith Hornsby played last year, he’s a hard worker.”
- Jones on LSU transfer Craig Victor, who is practicing with the team

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