TV Schedule: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Arena: Reed Arena, College Station, Tex.
Line: Texas A&M (-8)
The LSU Tigers and the likely No. 1 overall NBA draft pick in 2016, Ben Simmons, turned their season around when they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats a few games ago, but the real turnaround began with the return of Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor II. Once thought to be on the outside of the 2016 NCAA tournament picture with a dreadful stretch at the end of November, the Tigers are suddenly in second place in the SEC, just one game out of first.
Next up for LSU, however, is a road trip to face off with the current No. 1 team in the SEC, the Texas A&M Aggies.
We all knew Texas A&M was going to be good coming into 2015-16, but we had no idea that LSU, the Vanderbilt Commodores and Kentucky would look as shaky as they have this season. The Aggies are not only undefeated in their last eight games, but they boast three road wins in that time. Texas A&M is basically a lock for the 2016 NCAA tournament and should be considered the favorite to win the SEC from here on out.
That being said, LSU is not the team from a month and a half ago that lost to the Marquette Golden Eagles, North Carolina State Wolfpack and College of Charleston back-to-back-to-back. This team has found its stride defensively and has been able to outscore opponents thanks to one of the best offenses in college basketball. The Aggies will face a revamped LSU squad that is more than capable of pulling off the upset.
We could be getting a preview of the SEC Championship game and two Elite Eight caliber teams on Tuesday night, but give this one to Texas A&M at home. The better defense usually wins, and the Aggies are a legit top 10 team.
Prediction: Texas A&M 82, LSU 75