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LSU basketball looks to rebound from heartbreaking loss.

The LSU men’s basketball team is back in Baton Rouge as it looks to get its Southeastern Conference record back over .500 against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Tigers return to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after suffering a tough 77-76 overtime loss at Kentucky this past weekend.

“I thought in that type of a venue, our team played extremely well,” said second year head coach Johnny Jones. “We played hard throughout for 45 minutes. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

Looking to knock off Kentucky for the second time this season, LSU senior guard Andre Stringer gave the Tigers a 76-75 lead with 11.5 seconds left in overtime. However, on the Wildcats’ final possession, freshman phenom Julius Randle put back a James Young miss with 3.5 seconds left to steal the win.

Had the Tigers won the game against the 15th-ranked Wildcats, it would have gone a long way for their NCAA Tournament résumé that has taken a hit in recent weeks.

Instead, now LSU has lost six consecutive games on the road and are fighting for a berth in the National Invitational Tournament.

“I think it’s just evidence of where our guys are and how tough they are capable of competing,” Jones said about the loss. “I don’t buy into anything else outside of preparation and getting ready really for the next game because we are playing at one of the tougher venues in college basketball.”

But for as much as the Tigers have struggled on the road, they have been the exact opposite when playing at home as they search for their seventh straight win at the PMAC.

The Tigers met the Aggies earlier this season in College Station with Texas A&M pulling out the 83-73 win.

“Three of their last four games they’ve played, they’ve won,” Jones said of Texas A&M. “We have to make sure we respond the right way.”

Beckham Jr. impresses at NFL Combine

Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a great first impression for his potential future employers this past weekend with a successful showing at the NFL Combine this past weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.

Starting with the 40-yard-dash, Beckham finished seventh among the other receivers with an official time of 4.43 seconds. He continued to show his speed in the 10-yard-split with a time of 1.50 seconds. With many scouts watching, Beckham also turned in a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, two-inch broad jump.

Other Tigers who participated in the Combine were Jarvis Landry, Alfred Blue, Jeremy Hill, J.C. Copeland, Trai Turner, Anthony Johnson, Ego Ferguson, Lamin Barrow and Craig Loston.

Zach Mettenberger was in attendance as well, but did not participate in any of the drills as he continues to recover from the torn ACL that he suffered last November.

Gymnastics Tops Polls

According to GymInfo, the LSU Gymnastics team is the team to beat as the Lady Tigers found themselves at the top of the latest poll that was released on Monday.

Coach D-D Breaux’s squad was awarded the top spot after its regional qualifying score was bumped up to 197.470 in a month where the Lady Tigers put up high scores against Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and previously top-ranked Oklahoma.

LSU will be back in action this Friday when they host Missouri at 8 p.m.


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