The LSU men's basketball team hopes to find its shooting range again as the Tigers host the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday night in a Southeastern Conference basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU needs a big game from Anthony Hickey
The game, set for a 7:02 p.m. tipoff, will be televised on www.ESPN3.com, the internet network of ESPN and on the Watch ESPN app for mobile telephones and tablets.
LSU looks to get on the winning track in SEC play after shooting just 34.8 percent in its first two games, a 68-63 loss at Auburn and a 74-52 setback to No. 11 Florida.
he Tigers are 9-4 overall and 0-2 in the league, while South Carolina is 10-5 and also 0-2 in the SEC. The Gamecocks lost at Mississippi State, 56-54, and then lost at home to Auburn, 74-71.
"(South Carolina) is a very aggressive team, very physical, and a team that we'll have to execute really well against to make sure that we're picking up in our scoring," said LSU Coach Johnny Jones. "Our field goal percentage has dropped somewhat along with our scoring.
“We've just got to make sure that we get back to executing, being poised, handling the pressure, being patient and making plays. We'll definitely be presented with a challenge on Wednesday against a team that's 0-2 but just a couple of possessions from being 2-0 in league play."
LSU is expected to go with the same lineup that started on Saturday against Florida with Johnny O'Bryant III at forward (10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Andrew Del Piero at center (5.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg) with Anthony Hickey (11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg), Andre Stringer (11.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Charles Carmouche (9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) rounding out the backcourt. Shavon Coleman comes off the bench to lead the Tigers in scoring at 13.1 points per game.
South Carolina is under first-year coach Frank Martin, who came to Columbia after five years as the head coach at Kansas State. Brenton Williams leads the Gamecocks in scoring at 11.5 points per game while Bruce Ellington comes in at 11.3 points a contest. Prior to the two SEC losses, South Carolina had won five straight contests to conclude non-conference play.
"We're going to have to defend extremely well to create some opportunities for us," Coach Jones said of playing the Gamecocks. "Not taking the ball out of the net but getting rebounds. When we do that, we can push the ball ... Bruce) Ellington is getting better. He has six games in right “now and is making plays for them. (He's) scoring and getting assists.
We've just got to try and make sure that we don't relax or take anything for granted. We need to play at the intensity level for long periods of time when we can and create those opportunities by forcing low percentage shots, getting rebounds and pushing the ball up the floor."