No. 18 Tennessee presents No. 21 LSU with another formidable conference test

LSU senior guard Xavier Pinson had 11 points in his team's win over Kentucky on Tuesday. PHOTO BY JONATHAN MAILHES

The No. 21 LSU Tiger basketball team looks to continue its success on its home floor when it hosts No. 18 Tennessee to complete the toughest start for LSU in its long history in the Southeastern Conference Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The game will be telecast on ESPN2 and broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1-FM) with the Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair and former LSU basketball head coach John Brady.

Tickets for the game are available all day Saturday at LSUTix.net and will go on sale at the upper concourse ticket windows beginning at 4 p.m.

LSU is completing a three-game opening stretch with nationally-ranked Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee that marks the first time LSU has opened league play with three consecutive AP ranked teams in school history. Only one other time during the 2017-18 season did LSU open with two consecutive games with ranked teams in SEC play.

The Tigers are 13-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC after their 65-60 win at home on Tuesday. Wednesday the Vols ran their record to 10-3 and 1-1 with a 66-60 overtime win over Ole Miss.

LSU rallied from nine down with 13:06 to play, outscoring Kentucky 24-10 to win on the night Dale Brown Court was dedicated at the Maravich Center. Tari Eason led LSU with 13 points, while Xavier Pinson had 11 points, four assists and three steals. Brandon Murray, back after missing the Auburn game with a hamstring issue, had 10 points.

Kentucky became the 10th team that LSU has held under 40 percent field goal shooting this season. LSU leads the nation in defensive field goal percentage at 34.7 percent.

Tennessee is led by Santiago Vescovi, the junior from Uruguay who is averaging 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Kennedy Chandler averages 13.3 points per game and 5.4 assists per game.

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