SEC Preview: LSU Basketball Hosts Vanderbilt

The Louisiana State Tigers (15-11, 6-8 SEC) look to gain their fifth straight win in Baton Rouge, as they host the Vanderbilt Commodores (11-16, 5-9 SEC) Tuesday night.

This game is a rematch of LSU’s 71-77 loss to Vanderbilt in January, but LSU has yet to win a road game this season.

LSU is currently tied for ninth with Georgia and Ole Miss in the SEC, and Vanderbilt is tied with South Carolina for 12th in the league.


The Commodores are looking for their third straight win. They beat Mississippi State 81-80 Wednesday and then the Florida Gators 71-68 Saturday, both in Nashville. Senior Jeff Roberson was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 24 points and nine rebounds with two assists in the two wins.

On Saturday, Roberson scored a game-high 26 points with a perfect 12-for-12 in free throws. Fellow senior Riley LaChance also put 21 points on the board, while junior Joe Toye added 13 points contributing to Vandy’s victory.

In the last five games, Toye is averaging 13.8 points per game. He tied a season-high of 16 points in games against Kentucky and Mississippi State.


The Tigers hung on to beat Missouri 64-63 last minute Saturday afternoon.

With 20 seconds left freshman Tremont Waters shot off the backboard to give LSU the win. Head Coach Will Wade said Waters is coming out strong after his ankle injury.

Wade said defeating Missouri was difficult, because they’re shooting “makes them dangerous.”

Wade said the combination of two players, plus Vanderbilt coming off two wins is a threat to his team.

LSU’s Probable Starters

G Tremont Waters
G Skylar Mays
G Daryl Edwards
F Aaron Epps
F Duop Reath

Vanderbilt’s Probable Starters
G Saben Lee
G Maxwell Evans
G Riley LaChance
F Jeff Roberson
C Ejike Obinna

Watch the Rematch

WHEN: Tues., Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET
WHERE: Baton Rouge, La. (Maravich Center)
TV: SEC Network or the WatchESPN app

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