BATON ROUGE, LA — The 5-0 LSU men’s basketball team returns to action after a long break for final exams Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Chattanooga at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers, one of 14 remaining undefeated D1 teams, will try to avoid the rust of not playing since the rallying win over Seton Hall on Nov. 29 and will also play its first game since the announcement on Friday that point guard Anthony Hickey was “suspended indefinitely from the team for violation of athletic department and university policies.”
In the media session on Monday, Coach Johnny Jones suggested that both Corban Collins and Andre Stringer will see time at the point guard position moving forward. Collins is a freshman from High Point, N.C., who has seen time at the point with two starts this season, while Stringer, from Jackson, Miss., played as the primary point guard as a freshman in 2009 before playing primarily the two guard in 2010 as a sophomore. He has come off the bench in all five games this season, but has scored in double figures each of the last two games.
The contest between the Tigers and the 2-6 Mocs will be regionally televised on Cox Sports TV/CSS and broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net. Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance at LSUtix.net. Those bringing a new toy as a donation for Toys To Tots to the upper concourse ticket windows on game night can purchase a game ticket for just $5.
Santa Claus will also be on the course to take pictures with youngsters before the game and at halftime and fans will have a chance to win tickets to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl during the contest.
This will be the final home game for the Tigers until after Christmas as LSU will embark on a lengthy three-game road trip that will be taken in two phases. LSU will leave Thursday for a Friday night game at Boise State University. LSU will then leave Boise on Saturday and set up shop in Irvine, Calif., in preparation for a Dec. 18 game with UC-Irvine. The Tigers will return home on Dec. 19. LSU will close out its pre-Christmas schedule with a Dec. 22 game at Marquette in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.
The three games are the back part of home-and-home series with LSU getting wins over all three teams a year ago.
Tuesday, the Mocs will come in with losses to Davidson, 81-55, in its SoCon opener and a 63-52 loss to Eastern Kentucky in its last game on Dec. 8. Listed in the probable starters are two Louisiana products, freshmen Casey Jones of New Orleans and Gee McGhee of Baton Rouge (Redemptorist).
The game features two of the best teams in the country in offensive rebounds as LSU is second in the nation at 18.4 offensive boards a game with Chattanooga 14th in the country (15.8).
Jones also said in his media session that 7-3 Andrew Del Piero could join Johnny O’Bryant III in the Tigers front court in the starting lineup that is expected to also include Shane Hammink with Carmouche and either Corban or Stringer in the backcourt.