The sixth-ranked and undefeated
Texas A&M Aggies (7-0) will travel to
The last two games, although
separated by years have been close with LSU's 58-57 win in the NCAA Tournament
and A&M's 79-77 victory over LSU in 2002 in Reliant Stadium in
"It is a great opportunity for our fans to watch two quality basketball teams play. For everyone who watched the game last year, they have four starters back from that team and we have three back. Texas A&M is 7-0 right now and we expect a battle," said LSU Coach John Brady. "I thought last season Texas A&M was one of the best defensive teams we had played all season. So far this season they have proven they are still an impressive defensive team. We are on our home floor and hopefully we can get a lot of fans out here because having a large crowd supporting our team helps our team play better."
Darnell Lazare spent Sunday and Monday in rehab for his sprained left ankle suffered in the first half against Tulane Saturday at the New Orleans Arena and his status was listed as questionable for the contest. If he misses his first start of the year, LSU could opt to go with Magnum Rolle in a straight position switch, go he could go small and move Tack Minor in as part of a three-guard lineup.
"Right now Darnell is not cleared to play," Brady said after practice Monday of Lazare's status for the game. "That certainly hurts our depth at the front line. He is our senior leader and a very good player for us. Magnum Rolle is not 100 percent either. He is still nursing a sore back. We are a little short on the front line, but we have used Tasmin (Mitchell) in the post some and he played well against Tulane. Even though we are a little short on depth, we understand it is something every team goes through at one point or another. Hopefully we can still play well if we are without him (Tuesday). I am just glad it is early in the season and not late in the season."
The Aggies are coming into the game
off a 74-62 over Pacific, as A&M remains one of the five unbeaten teams in
the Big 12. This will be their first road trip and will be followed by a trip to
Joseph Jones is the leading scorer for the Aggies, averaging 15.1 points per game with Acie Law averaging 15.0 points a contest. Joseph is among the Big 12 leaders in field goal percentage (2nd at 65.5 percent) and free throw percentage (3rd at 81.6). The Aggies lead the Big 12 in scoring defense allowing just 48.9 points per game.
"They defend well on the ball, rebound well and they don't turn the ball over much," Brady said. "The game was so close a year ago, it was a standoff almost. We were able to make a play at the end. I don't see any reason why these two talented teams won't have the same type of game this year. Hopefully the advantage is for LSU because we are on our home floor."
Glen Davis, who had his second
double double in the win at Tulane Saturday, is averaging 18.8 points per game,
best in the SEC and 9.8 rebounds, second best in the league.
The Acrodunk team from Houston, who
appeared this summer on the NBC show "
The game will be the last home game
for LSU until Dec. 23 (Louisiana Tech) as LSU goes to