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Xavier Pinson (1) of the LSU Tigers drives past Devin Carter (23) of the South Carolina Gamecocks to attempt a layup. (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire)
March 11th, 2022
The LSU Tigers will look for payback against the No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks when the two meet in the quarterfinal of the SEC Tournament, set for tipoff Friday, 2:30 p.m. ET, in Tampa.
The No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament, Arkansas (24-7) will come off a bye and play its first game since last Saturday, when the Razorbacks narrowly lost on the road, 78-74, to No. 9 Tennessee in their regular-season finale.
Now Arkansas will meet the most recent team it defeated, LSU (22-10). Their second meeting of the season saw the Tigers nearly upset Arkansas at home, but a pair of free throws by guard JD Notae sealed a 77-76 win.
The SEC's second leading scorer (18.9 points per game) finished with just 12 points and turned the ball over four times, but came up clutch at the charity stripe. He also finished with seven rebounds and five assists.
Arkansas holds on to get a 77-76 win over LSU. J.D. Notae made good plays down the stretch. He was able to get key rebounds, and he made clutch free throws to get the win. Strong performances from Stanley Umude, Au'Diese Toney, and Jaylin Williams. Tari Eason scored 24 points.— NBA Scouting Live (@NBAScoutingLive) March 3, 2022
Arkansas holds on to get a 77-76 win over LSU. J.D. Notae made good plays down the stretch. He was able to get key rebounds, and he made clutch free throws to get the win. Strong performances from Stanley Umude, Au'Diese Toney, and Jaylin Williams. Tari Eason scored 24 points.
The Tigers won the war on the glass 43-34 last time out, but shot just 36.1% from the field.
In the first meeting between LSU and Arkansas in January, the Razorbacks were the better rebounding team, but committed 19 turnovers. Another poor shooting night from the Tigers helped Arkansas secure a 65-58 victory, as LSU hit 38.2% from the field and just 64.7% from the free-throw line in the defeat in Baton Rouge.
While the Tigers played the Hogs much closer late in the season, Arkansas has the advantage of entering the SEC Tournament fresh.
On Thursday, LSU downed 12th-seeded Missouri, 76-68, but let Mizzou put up 45 points in the second half, which marked the seventh time in nine games that an LSU opponent has scored more than 40 points after halftime.
A strong showing in the first half kept LSU safe, as the Tigers led by as many as 25 points before the break. Their defense stifled Missouri and forced 24 turnovers, which LSU turned into 29 points.
FINAL: LSU defeats Missouri 76-68.Five players in double figures for LSU, while also forcing 24 turnovers and holding Missouri to 42 percent shooting.LSU takes on Arkansas tomorrow afternoon in the SEC quarterfinals.— Matthew Brune (@MatthewBrune_) March 10, 2022
FINAL: LSU defeats Missouri 76-68.Five players in double figures for LSU, while also forcing 24 turnovers and holding Missouri to 42 percent shooting.LSU takes on Arkansas tomorrow afternoon in the SEC quarterfinals.
However, LSU had turnover issues of its own and gave the ball away 11 times in the second half to open the door for a Missouri comeback.
A similar second-half meltdown could come against a well-rested Missouri team, which has had plenty of time to prepare for a rival who nearly snapped the Razorbacks' eight-game winning streak at home last time out.
Arkansas may be without guard Au'Diese Toney, who is listed as a game-time decision. The team's second-leading rebounder scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds in the most recent meeting with LSU but injured his ankle in the matchup, which kept him sidelined in the loss to Tennessee.
Should Toney make his return, Arkansas should have this one in the bag. But even without him in the lineup, the Hogs will be hungry enough to get back on the winning side and will get the job done in the second half against the Tigers.
Score prediction: Arkansas 74, LSU 68
Our predictive engine is calling for Arkansas to win outright and for the score to go Over the projected total.
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