No. 16 West Virginia welcomes the LSU Tigers to the WVU Coliseum tonight in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. The Tigers are coming off a 82-60 win over UMass on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers enter the contest undefeated and with momentum after defeating the College of Charleston 86-57.
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: WVU Coliseum
Tip: 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN 2
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG
West Virginia and LSU will meet for the first time since 2005. Two games have been played between the programs with both winning a game. The Tigers won the last meeting 71-68 at home.
Johnny Jones is in his third season and has a 44-28 record with the Tigers. LSU is 5-2 coming into the contest.
LSU is led by forward Jordan Mickey who is averaging 17.5 ppg and 10 boards per game. Mickey also averages 2.3 blocks. Forward Jarrell Martin is averaging 16 ppg and 8 rebounds. Guard Keith Hornsby is averaging 12 points and 5 assists per contest.
For the Mountaineers, Jonathan Holton and Devin Williams are playing at a high level.
Holton is averaging 12.9 points and 9 bounds per game while Williams enters averaging 11 and 8.
WVU leads the country in steals and offensive rebounds.
What WVU Needs To Do:
West Virginia is facing, for the first time this year, a team who came match their length from end to end. Guard Keith Hornsby stands 6-4, while forwards Mickey and Martin stand 6-10 and 6-8.
WVU will need to continue to crash the glass and look for easy baskets. Guard Juwan Staten needs to get involved early and play max minutes. Besides UConn, this is the toughest test of the season for WVU, which should have a nice crowd at the WVU Coliseum.
Averaging 7 a game from behind the arc, WVU will need to find the touch early and keep it rolling.
A cold shooting effort on this night will lead to the first loss of the season.