The schedule for the much-anticipated 2018-19 LSU Basketball season is becoming clearer, as the SEC announced the Tigers’ home and away opponents for the upcoming campaign.
In addition to its three permanent home-and-away opponents – Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A&M – LSU will both host and travel to Florida and Georgia. LSU will also play at home against preseason conference favorites Auburn and Tennessee, as well as South Carolina and Vanderbilt, while traveling to Kentucky, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Mississippi State.
The Tigers welcomed seven returners and the No. 3 recruiting class in the country for 2018, according to 247Sports, to campus June 4 for eight weeks of workouts. Several preseason polls include the Tigers in the Top 25 ahead of next season, and CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm places the Tigers as a five-seed in his early NCAA Tournament projections.
TIGER RAG’S TAKE
Toughest SEC Road Trips: @Mississippi State, @Kentucky
Both teams are preseason top 25 opponents with eyes on the SEC title. Ben Howland’s Bulldogs bring back both Nick and Quinndary Weatherspoon, as well as point guard Lamar Peters, plus the nation’s No. 15 recruiting class, led by four-star forward Reggie Perry. Kentucky bolsters its No. 2 ranked recruiting class, featuring three five-stars in E.J. Montgomery, Immanuel Quickley, and Keldon Johnson, with the return of sophomore forward Pj Washington and point guard Quade Green.
Biggest SEC Home Dates: Auburn, Tennessee
The top two finishers in the SEC from 2017-18 bring back almost all of their best players, and welcome new talent, too. Auburn returns Brice Brown, Jordan Harper, and five-star Austin Wiley, who missed last season due to the FBI’s inquiry into his recruitment. Tennessee brings back Grant Williams, Admiral Schoefield, point guard Jordan Bone, and sharpshooter Jordan Bowden.
LSU Basketball 2018-19 Schedule
Nov. 6: Southeastern
Nov. 9: UNC-Greensboro
Nov. 13: Memphis
Nov. 16: Louisiana Tech
Nov. 22-Nov. 25: Advocare Invitational (Orlando, Fla.)
Dec. 9: Incarnate Word
Dec. 12: @Houston
Dec. 15: St. Mary’s (Las Vegas, MGM Resorts Showcase)
Dec. 21: Furman
Dec. 28: UL-Monroe
Conference (Dates TBA, listed in no particular order)
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