There has been a fair share of mayhem in the SEC this season, but the chaos the conference has faced this season was subdued Wednesday night. On a night that the top dogs in the conference did not play, the LSU Tigers took center stage when the team hosted the Texas A&M Aggies in bubblicious battle. Both the Tigers and Aggies were starving for a win that could boost their resume come selection day, but it was the LSU that took advantage of their opportunities by playing like a tournament team in the win.
LSU defeated Texas A&M 68-49 on a night that saw the Tigers’ tournament stock rise ever so slightly. Jarrell Martin provided an unexpected spark, recording 20 points and seven rebounds in rout to his best performance of the season. Johnny O’Bryant III continued his stellar season, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine boards. While the win was much needed and delivered in impressive fashion, it came to a bubble team that sits at 16-12 overall, making the win more necessary than congratulatory.
The Tigers’ season has been one of ups and downs, but the team remains alive for a tournament berth. LSU’s season ultimately boils down to one game that will decide their fate. The Tigers travel to Florida Saturday to face the No. 1 team in the land, a team the Tigers have not yet faced this season.
LSU is more than capable of hanging with one of the top teams in the country, but the fact that they only have one conference road win this season should give LSU supporters cause to pause heading into this pivotal game.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.