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Instant Analysis: LSU basketball drops a close one to Texas A&M at home

Looking to continue a surprisingly hot start to conference play on Saturday afternoon, LSU dropped a close one to Texas A&M.

It was the second meeting in the last two weeks for the respective programs. LSU got the best of A&M in College Station, but on Saturday, the Aggies got their revenge in Baton Rouge.

LSU held a small but steady lead throughout the first half, but A&M responded, going on a run to open the second half.

The two traded runs the rest of the way, going back and forth. Down three with the game winding down, LSU turned to Jalen Cook, who couldn’t land a contested three. Texas A&M grabbed the rebound and put the game away.

It was a missed opportunity for an LSU team looking to get back in the postseason race. LSU outscored the Aggies in the paint and held A&M scoreless on the fastbreak, but the difference in this one was rebounding.

Texas A&M grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, more than tripling LSU’s six. On the day, LSU was outrebounded 48 to 34. So despite LSU having the more efficient shooting performance, A&M simply created more opportunities.

It’s hard to be too disappointed about this one. A&M is a good team and LSU continues to show improvement from where it was earlier in the year. Still, this one would have been a resume builder and moved LSU to 4-1 in conference play.

Next up for LSU is a road game against Georgia on Wednesday followed by a trip to Tuscaloosa next Saturday.

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