How it Happened
With three new starters in the lineup, LSU started ice cold from the field starting 1-for-9 at one point in the first half. While LSU managed to close the gap with 5:09 to go in the first half to eight, LSU allowed Texas A&M to go up by 16 at the half en route to losing by 30. Johnny Jones' attempt to shake up the lineup didn't really work at all. Antonio Blakeney was the lone Tiger in double figures with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting. The Tigers went just 50 percent from the free throw line as well while getting 18 opportunities from the charity stripe.
In the second half, the Billy Kennedy's group scored on eight straight possessions to push their lead to 27 points with 14:00 left in the first half. While LSU took advantage of four straight turnovers by A&M to close the gap a little bit, A&M opened up the lead and cruised to the win. LSU didn't have an answer for Robert Williams inside, who beat up Wayde Sims, Duop Reath and Aaron Epps playing down low. The Aggies had exactly half of their points from inside the paint.
What it Means
It really is do or die for LSU in terms of its season. The Tigers can lay down and be non-competitive and it wouldn't be surprising. The defense continues to be terrible, the flow on offense is brutal and no one is stepping up. There aren't any answers to be had from that. Doesn't seem like there are really any answers on this team to what is going on.
Player of the Game: Brandon Sampson
Brandon Sampson didn't start the game for LSU on Wednesday night, but the sophomore played turnover-free basketball, which is nice to see. Sampson committed to playing with effort for much of his time in the game. Sampson had seven points, four assists and two rebounds on the night. Sampson also had one of the best scoring differentials at -7 when he was on the floor.
The Aggies blocked 11 of LSU's shots on the night with Louisiana native Robert Williams having four of those blocks. LSU was dominated inside with the Aggies outrebounding LSU 45-31. Texas A&M managed to score 18 second chance points as well.
LSU returns to Baton Rouge to face Alabama on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.