Terrill Weil

Game Preview: LSU vs. Southern Miss

Tiger Blitz previews LSU Basketball's home nonconference matchup against Southern Miss on Tuesday at 7 pm CT.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm CT
WHERE: Maravich Center (Baton Rouge, La.)
SERIES: LSU leads 4-1
LAST MEETING: LSU won 87-67 in 2014.

Tiger Trends

LSU got big games from some of the supporting cast to Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson in its season opener against Wofford with Aaron Epps scoring 17 points, Skylar Mays adding 10 points and Wayde Sims scoring 13 points in addition to Duop Reath's 23 points. The Tigers took the 91-69 win over the Terriers. Blakeney and Sampson won't combine for 16 points on many nights and LSU is looking to get them on track against the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night. Taking the care of the ball again on offense will be key. The Tigers did a solid job of that against Wofford on Saturday.

Defensively, LSU had a rough night in the first half allowing Wofford to shoot over 50 percent from the field before holding the Terriers to just over 20 percent from the field in the second half. The Tigers have to start well against Southern Miss, who has no problem going deep on their bench with eight players logging 10+ minutes (with overtime) and three of four bench players logging 20+ minutes. Johnny Jones was pleased with the team's ability to roll out younger players that didn't show any dropoff from starters defensively.

Scouting Southern Miss

Southern Miss is much more athletic team than Wofford was and will be a test for the Tigers in terms of defending length that the Golden Eagles bring to the floor with four starters at 6-4 and taller. The Golden Eagles are coming off a pair of double-overtime wins for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss runs an uptempo style and likes to get up and down the floor. LSU will have to be ready to go against the style that can lead to quick, transition points from its athletic group.

Players to Watch

F Raheem Watts: The 6-7 forward almost notched a double-double on 6-of-8 shooting in the season opener against Tougaloo and what he lacks in size against LSU's big man Duop Reath, he'll be able to use his quickness potentially to his advantage. 

G D'Angelo Richardson: The 5-9 guard is a spark off the bench for Southern Miss, adding 14 points and making 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. With the size advantage LSU will have over a player like Richardson, LSU should be able to stay patient and not allow the quick guard to force them into fouling situations.

G Kevin Holland: Holland was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in Southern Miss' season opener. Holland also added four assists on the night for Southern Miss as well.

Projected Starting Lineup:
F Raheem Watts 
G Michael Ramey
G Bilal Abdur-Rahim
G Kevin Holland
G/F Quinton Campbell

Matchup to Watch

Watts vs. Reath: Reath has the size advantage on Watts and LSU should be pounding the ball inside with Watts on the block. LSU will likely see a fair amount of Tim Rowe, who brings the most size to the Southern Miss' frontcourt at 6-11. When Reath is matched up with Rowe, LSU should try to work it inside as Rowe tallied four fouls off the bench for Southern Miss. LSU will have the talent advantage here, but has to get Reath involved early and often to take advantage of that talent difference. . 

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