PREVIEW: LSU at Tennessee

The Tigers go searching for a road win in SEC play Saturday in Knoxville. Preview the Tigers and Vols with TSD, including projected starting lineups and the latest from coach Johnny Jones.

The opportunity to bounce back and try to salvage a season begins for LSU (17-7, 6-5) Saturday afternoon with a visit to Thompson-Boling Arena to take on Tennessee (14-9, 6-5).

Tipoff in Knoxville is set for 3 p.m. Central Time, and the SEC Network will have the live television broadcast.

The Volunteers, in year one under head coach Donnie Tyndall, got off to a white-hot start in league play at 4-1, a stretch which included a win versus Arkansas and victories in their first three SEC road games.

Since then Rocky Top has slumped, losing four of six (although it should be noted all four losses came by six points or less). UT has been abysmal offensively, ranking 252nd in the nation in scoring (64.6 ppg), 270th in rebounding (32.5 rpg) and 284th in assists (11.1 apg).

The Tigers are coming off a tough, one-possession home loss to No. 1 Kentucky and have lost three of four. LSU will also have to deal with a quick turnaround after leaving Knoxville, playing at Texas A&M Tuesday night.

Get ready for Saturday afternoon’s game with projected starters and stats as well as quotes from LSU coach Johnny Jones on the Vols.


LSU (17-7, 6-5)

G Tim Quarterman (So., 6-6, 187) – 11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
G Jalyn Patterson (Fr., 6-0, 173) – 5.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 spg
G Keith Hornsby (Jr., 6-4, 210) – 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 spg
F Jarell Martin (So., 6-10, 235) – 16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg
F Jordan Mickey (So., 6-8, 235) – 17.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.7 bpg

Impact Reserve: G Josh Gray (Jr., 6-1, 183) – 8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.3 apg

Tennessee (14-9, 6-5)

G Kevin Punter (Jr., 6-4, 180) – 10.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 spg
G Josh Richardson (Sr., 6-6, 200) – 16.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
G Robert Hubbs III (So., 6-6, 206) – 6.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 42.9% FGs
F Armani Moore (Jr., 6-5, 215) – 10.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg
F Willie Carmichael III (Fr., 6-8, 210) – 3.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.6 bpg

Impact Reserve: F Derek Reese (Jr., 6-8, 220) – 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 40.7% FGs


“We have to make sure that our practices have the focus and the attention to detail, mentally as well as physically out there in preparation and getting ready for games. Generally, when you practice a certain way and you take attention to detail in the games and really lock yourself in, you have a great chance of having success, and they were able to take in that. Prior to the Kentucky game, I thought they were really locked in and played extremely well leading into that game. There’s been some growth. Unfortunately, we’ve had setbacks; learning experiences are what we’ve been able to get from those. Even with as well as our team played the other night, I still think there is a lot to learn from the Kentucky game that we have to make sure we take with us and build on it as well.”
- Johnny Jones on practicing for UT game

“Richardson has really been a very key part of their team this year. He’s been really just taking over and is really the leader. I thought last night in the Vanderbilt game defensively and offensively he was as good as anyone I’ve seen all year and taking over and impacting the game on both ends of the floor, willing his team to victory.”
- Jones on the Vols’ Josh Richardson

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