LSU limping into road contest against Vanderbilt

PHOTO BY CHANSEY AUGUSTINE

The LSU Tigers look to find the ways back to success when they travel to Nashville on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game with the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium.

The SEC Network will televise the game which will be broadcast in the Baton Rouge area by 98.1-FM.

LSU (16-6, 4-5 in the SEC) is coming off a 76-72 loss at home on Tuesday night against Ole Miss, while Vanderbilt (11-10, 3-6) lost at Kentucky on Wednesday.

LSU defeated Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge a year ago, 83-68.

Scotty Pippen, Jr., leads the Commodores and is coming off a season-high 33-point performance against Kentucky on Wednesday. Pippen, Jr., did not play in the game in Baton Rouge against the Tigers a year ago. He is averaging 19.3 points a game.

Jordan Wright, a Baton Rouge native, is the team’s other double figure scorer overall at 12.3 points a game.

Senior point guard Xavier Pinson is expected to be sidelined while he tries to heal from a MCL sprain and bone bruise. Coach Will Wade said earlier this week that Pinson’s status on Saturday will be determined after practice on Friday and Saturday morning.

Other players have been having to play through minor injury issues in the last few games, but one player who made a good comeback after missing the Texas A&M with a bad ankle is senior Darius Days.

Days has posted back-to-back double doubles with 14 points and 12 rebounds against TCU (1/29) and his first 20-10 game of the season (21 pts.-13 rebs.) against Ole Miss (2/1).

Days is averaging 13.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Tari Eason, who was named Thursday one of the 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award, leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points a game. Brandon Murray and Eric Gaines are both at 10.1 points a game. Gaines in the last three games has averaged over 30 minutes a game, scored 46 points with 12 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals with just five turnovers.

LSU will next travel to Texas A&M on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game before returning home to face Mississippi State on Saturday, Feb. 12. Tickets for that game are available at LSUTix.net.

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