Utah hit the 20 win mark by beating UC Davis in the 1st round of the NIT last week, now Utah is going to work on building upon that Monday night as they take on LSU in the 2nd round of the NIT at the Huntsman Center. It was three bad quarters for the Utes, but they got things figured out in the final quarter and was able to pull away to move on.
Hopefully the Utes have gotten some of that rust/jitters out of their system, because when it’s win or go home, things change and you can play tight. The Utes should be more comfortable now, and should be able to go out and play ball. It helps to have the game at the Huntsman Center too, and hopefully the zebras are better, so we don’t have a situation where Coach K feels like he has to go nuclear on the officials. This is going to be a tough game, even if LSU wasn’t the best SEC team out there. They have some dudes, and Utah’s seniors are going to have to be locked in. A guy like Tyler Rawson will be key, because he can spread the floor, and Utah will need that.
Here’s more on LSU from UtahUtes.com:
LSU finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-14, while going 8-10 and finishing in a tie for 9th-place in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers earned the No. 3 seed in the St. Mary’s quadrant of the NIT and picked up an 84-76 first-round win over Louisiana-Lafayette in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday.
LSU’s Duop Reath led the charge with 26 points and an 11-rebound effort in the Tigers’ win over Louisiana on Wednesday. In addition to his double-double, Reath also tallied a game-high four blocked shots. Brandon Sampson chipped in with 18 points and Skylar Mays added 11 points in the game. LSU shot 52.7 percent from the field, while holding its opposition to just a 36.5 percent effort.
For the season, Tremont Waters leads all LSU players with a 15.8 points per game average, while Reath scores 12.7 points per contest. Aaron Epps leads the team on the boards with 5.5 rebounds and Waters has a team-high 63 steals on the season. Waters has also tallied a team-best 190 assists.
The Tigers average 77.8 points per game, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 34.9 from three-point range and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Utah (20-11) vs. LSU (18-14)
When: Monday, March 19
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. MT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Television: ESPNU / WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN 700/Utah Radio Sports Network (Bill Riley, PxP; Jimmy Soto, Color)
Tickets: NIT Ticket Information