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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Louisiana State at Arkansas
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 7, 2015
Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas

LSU will get at least one bye when the SEC Tournament begins next week in Nashville, Tenn., but the Tigers’ hopes of getting a double-bye took a hit with Wednesday’s 78-63 loss to Tennessee. The Tigers travel to No. 18 Arkansas for Saturday’s regular-season finale sitting in a tie for fifth, one game behind Texas A&M and Ole Miss for third. The Razorbacks clinched the second seed with Thursday’s 78-74 victory at South Carolina.

Arkansas features a dynamic 1-2 punch in Bobby Portis (17.7 points) and Michael Qualls (15.3), while the Tigers will turn to their duo of Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey. Portis and Qualls combined for 42 points in the victory over South Carolina -- the sixth time this season the two have combined for 40 or more points. LSU’s defense allowed Tennessee to shoot 69.2 percent from the field in the second half Wednesday and will have to be better against Arkansas, which leads the SEC in scoring.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT LSU (21-9, 10-7 SEC): Keith Hornsby scored a season-high 25 points against the Volunteers, hitting five 3-pointers, but Martin and Mickey are critical to the Tigers’ hopes. Mickey stands second in the SEC in rebounding at 9.9 per game while ranking fifth in scoring at 16 points, and Martin ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring at 16.6 points and third in rebounds at nine per contest. The Tigers have won four of their past six games.

ABOUT ARKANSAS (24-6, 13-4): Portis has recorded 20 or more points 11 times this season, and grabbed eight or more rebounds 14 times in his past 16 contests. Qualls has scored 15 or more points five times in his past seven games. The Razorbacks, who will be on the opposite side of the SEC Tournament bracket from top-ranked Kentucky, have won 29 consecutive games when leading at halftime.

TIP-INS

1. Mickey is averaging 10.8 points in his past five games after scoring 21.6 in the previous five contests.

2. Arkansas is 20-0 when forcing opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers.

3. Arkansas G Anthlon Bell tied a season high with five 3-pointers against South Carolina, the eighth time this season the junior has made four or more.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 82, LSU 73





Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Louisiana State 21-9 L1 13-4 7-3 1-2 6-3 15-6 10-7
Arkansas 24-6 W1 17-1 7-5 0-0 9-3 15-3 13-4
Last Meeting
Louisiana State Arkansas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/15/14 LSU 70 ARK 81 70 43 39.4 81 35 45.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Louisiana State J. O'Bryant III 20 50.0 2
Arkansas R. Madden 21 44.4 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Louisiana State J. O'Bryant III 16 7 9
Arkansas C. Clarke 9 1 8
Assists Player  
Louisiana State A. Stringer 4
Arkansas R. Madden 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Louisiana State J. Martin 497 51.0 123
Arkansas B. Portis 532 56.2 85
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Louisiana State J. Mickey 286 92 194
Arkansas B. Portis 254 102 152
Assists Player  
Louisiana State T. Quarterman 120
Arkansas R. Madden 145
Quickchart Matchup
Louisiana State Off vs  Arkansas Defense
73.6 Points For
70.2 Points Against
45.8 FG%
43.2 FG%
35.9 Reb
31.6 Reb
Arkansas Off vs  Louisiana State Defense
79.1 Points For
67.2 Points Against
45.1 FG%
40.1 FG%
31.6 Reb
33.9 Reb