Hogs, Tide rumored to be permanent LSU foes

For the 2015-16 season LSU basketball, and all of the SEC, will move from one permanent opponent to three. The Tigers are said to be adding Alabama and Arkansas onto mainstay Texas A&M.

The LSU basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season and beyond may be getting a little clearer, at least the conference portion of the Tigers’ slate.

TSD has learned that, on top of Texas A&M, LSU’s two potential additional permanent opponents in Southeastern Conference play will be Alabama and Arkansas.

The SEC announced last summer that the league would move from one to three permanent opponents beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. That means every league team will have three in-conference foes they face home and away each season.

LSU has already had that arrangement with the Aggies over the last three seasons, dating back to when Texas A&M joined the SEC.

Now the Bayou Bengals will have to make annual trips to Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, where LSU won a thriller this season on a Keith Hornsby three at the buzzer, and Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, traditionally a tough place to win for LSU.

The flip side of that is that Alabama, led by new head coach and Louisiana native Avery Johnson, and Arkansas will travel to Baton Rouge to play in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center every season.

The league office is expected to make this news official in the near future, complete with the listing of permanent opponents for all 14 member programs.

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