WHEN: Friday, November 17 at 7 pm CT
WHERE: Maravich Center (Baton Rouge, La.)
TV/RADIO: SEC Network/98.1 FM Baton Rouge and Tiger Sports Radio Network
SERIES: LSU leads 1-0
LAST MEETING: LSU won 118-109 in 2015.
LSU had a huge night from Antonio Blakeney on Tuesday after Southern Miss, but struggled in the front court with Duop Reath while he piled up fouls and finished with 10 points. Reath did have a 5-for-8 shooting, but overall, he met his first adversity as a Tiger. The big positive off Tuesday's game was Blakeney's 26-point night. The Tigers needed a night like that from Blakeney and he'll need to continue that with a big shooter coming to town with North Florida on Friday.
Scouting North Florida
Another team that likes to get out and run that gave LSU everything the Tigers could handle. The Ospreys have point guard Dallas Moore, who figures to be a tough test to defend for Skylar Mays, Brandon Sampson and Antonio Blakeney. The Ospreys are coming off a rough outing against Miami in a 94-56 loss to the Hurricanes. At one point, UNF went over seven minutes without scoring. Miami held three of the Osprey's starters scoreless, which just tells you how bad it was. Needless to say, UNF is looking to bounce back.
Key Players to Watch
G Dallas Moore: Johnny Jones said on Thursday that the senior guard should get looks at that NBA from scouts. His ability to produce and knock down shots is something that LSU knows all too well from his 31-point performance last season against the Tigers. LSU has to shut him down early. He'll be trying to bounce back after a 5-for-12 shooting night.
C Romelo Banks: Another big test for Duop Reath with the 6-11 big man Banks coming to town. This is going to be potentially the matchup of the game as Banks had a double-double against Auburn in North Florida's opener. Banks though is coming off a tough matchup too against Miami.
G Garrett Sams: The freshman guard has started his career by scoring in double digits each of his first three games. Sams has also grabbed six rebounds in 2 of those 3 games, making him a pretty solid piece to the Ospreys team, especially at 6-6.
Keys to the Game
LSU must try to shut down Dallas Moore, a tough task. While it likely won't happen, the team has to be sure not to leave him open, especially early so he has a chance to heat up. LSU has to pound the ball inside to Reath early on as he's looking to bounce back after fouling out against Southern Miss. Reath's matchup against Banks will be one to watch as he'll have a true big man on big man matchup. Reath has a chance to prove himself and draw some attention, which will create space for Blakeney and Sampson to get open looks.