Tigers Close Regular Season Saturday at Florida
BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team looks to close the regular season on a good note as it travels to Gainesville, Florida for the regular season finale against the Florida Gators on Saturday.
The game is set for 5 p.m. CT at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The contest will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (Guaranty Media flagship Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) with the Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, and former LSU Coach John Brady. Roy Philpott and Mark Wise will have the game telecast on the SEC Network.
LSU is coming off an 81-76 loss to Missouri in the home finale in which the Tigers were unable to stop a Mizzou squad that rallied from a 47-34 halftime deficit. Missouri forced 10 turnovers in the second half and converted that into 13-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
The visiting Tigers made 51 percent of their shots in the second half and LSU could not continue its magical shooting in the first half when the Tigers made 11-of-15 three-pointers. LSU did finish the game with one of its better all-time nights at the arc, hitting 14-of-28 attempts.
KJ Williams, in his final LSU home game, had his eighth double double of the season with 24 points and 14 rebounds, making four treys and going 8-of-8 at the free throw line. IN the last five games, Williams has averaged over 20 points a game and in the Missouri game became the 16th player at LSU since the 1978-79 season to score 500 points and grab 200 rebounds in a season for the Tigers.
Florida will be trying to secure a non-losing season both overall and in the league with a win along with a tournament seeding. Florida is 15-15 and 8-9 in the league and currently in a three-way tie for eighth with Mississippi State and Arkansas. Florida could finish in a tie for seventh or drop as low as 10 in the SEC Tournament, which begins in Nashville on Wednesday.
The Gators are coming off a 77-67 win over Georgia in Athens on Tuesday.
Florida defeated LSU in a January meeting in Baton Rouge, 67-58. Florida out scored the Tigers, 42-28 to come back from three down at the half to get the win. Florida shot 55 percent in the second half, while LSU was just 9-of-31 from the field in the final 20 minutes and 0-of-11 from the arc.
LSU knows that it will meet Georgia in the second game of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday night.