LSU/Grambling Pre-game Notes

The Tigers will be trying to open with seven straight wins for the first time since the 2003-04 season when LSU won its first eight contests.

LSU (6-0) vs. Grambling State (2-5)

Dec. 13, 2008, 7 p.m. CST (LSU Sports Radio Network)

Pete Maravich Assembly Center -- Baton Rouge, La.

 

Probable Starters

 

LSU

G - 5 Marcus Thornton (6-4, 205, Sr.) 17.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg

G - 14 Garrett Temple (6-6, 190, Sr.) 6.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.1 apg

G - 11 Bo Spencer (6-1, 185, So.) 12.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg

F - 1 Tasmin Mitchell (6-7, 235, Jr.) 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg

F - 21 Chris Johnson (6-11, 210, Sr.) 11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg

 

Grambling State 

G - 01 Ariece Perkins (6-0, 180, Jr.) 11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg

G - 03 Ibrahim Kpaka (6-4, 195, Jr.) 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg

F - 05 Andrew Priestley (6-5, 190, Jr.) 12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg

F - 23 Marcus Coleman (6-7, 205, So.) 5.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg

F - George Akpele (6-9, 230, Jr.) 3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg 

 

Notes

 

LSU has 69 consecutive wins against Louisiana schools in the Maravich Center since Dec. 8, 1988.

 

LSU ran its record to 6-0 on the season with an 84-63 win over Cal State Fullerton the last time out.

 

The Tigers will be trying to open with seven straight wins for the first time since the 2003-04 season when LSU won its first eight contests.

 

LSU is averaging 81.2 points a game and the Tigers are allowing only 58 a contest.

 

The Tigers are hitting 45.3 percent from the field and are holding opponents to 33.2 percent.

 

LSU is hitting 38.5 percent from 3-point range.

 

On the glass, LSU is averaging 48.2 rebounds a game compared to their opponents 32.2 boards.

 

LSU averages 17.8 assists and turns it over 13.8 times a game.

 

Defensively, LSU averages 8.7 blocks and 8 steals a game.

 

Grambling State dropped to 2-5 on the year after last Saturday’s 77-47 loss to Louisiana Tech.

 

Grambling is being outscored on average by 11.6 points a game and the Tigers average 63.1 on the year.

 

The Tigers of GSU are hitting 39.6 percent from the floor and 32.9 percent from behind the arc, while their opponents are shooting at a 46.1 percent clip from the floor and 40.4 percent from 3-point land.


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