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How to watch LSU men’s basketball take on Arkansas on Saturday morning

After dropping their last three games and four of their last five, the Tigers are desperately looking to right the ship and get back in the win column.

LSU (11-9, 3-4 SEC) has a good opportunity to do just that on Saturday as a struggling Arkansas (11-10, 2-6 SEC) team comes to town for a morning matchup at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Razorbacks began the year ranked inside the top 15 but have struggled mightily, dropping six of their first seven games in SEC play. A road 91-84 upset win against Missouri ended a three-game skid, but this should be a tougher test for the Hogs.

Here’s everything you know heading into a game LSU absolutely needs to win.

How to Watch

Injury Report

LSU

  • F Daimion Collins (Out, Shoulder)

  • G Carlos Stewart (Out, Knee)

Arkansas

  • F Trevon Brazile (Questionable, Knee)

  • G Davonte Davis (Out, Personal)

What Matt McMahon said

Per an LSU release:

“It’s been unique this week with the bye, I think it’s been productive for us as a team,” said LSU Coach Matt McMahon. “Really looking forward to this great opportunity here on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. against Arkansas. I think you really have to reevaluate how you scout their team and just focus on the last 80 minutes that they have played. I thought they were terrific defensively against Kentucky on Saturday and then (Wednesday), really played a complete game on the road at Missouri. Again, I thought defensively fantastic and then offensively they really scored the ball at a high clip, absolutely dominated the game and scored 56 points in the paint. They’ve been really good getting to the free throw line all season long, so it’s a great challenge but also a great opportunity for us on Saturday morning.”

“You look in the last 12 seconds of our possessions against Alabama, we averaged 1.35 points per possession, which is really elite from an execution standpoint. But in the first 7 seconds of the possession, we were very poor, because we forced some things and took bad shots. That fueled the second thing I would cover, our transition defense. This league is just so athletic and so talented, if you let teams get an advantage in the open floor, you’re in big trouble. Then I think the third thing, we are sending our opponents to the free-throw line way too much. Arkansas is top-5 in the country at getting to the free-throw line, so fouls are going to be part of the game. We want to be physical; we want to be aggressive, but we’ve had some undisciplined fouls that really start to take their toll. So, we need to keep opponents off the line and do a better job there.”

Players to Watch

LSU

  • Points — G Jordan Wright (15.6 PPG)

  • Rebounds — G Jordan Wright (5.2 RPG)

  • Assists — G Jalen Cook, G Jordan Wright (2.7 APG)

  • Steals — G Jordan Wright (2.1 SPG)

  • Blocks — F Jalen Reed (0.9 BPG)

Arkansas

  • Points — G Tramon Mark (17.7 PPG)

  • Rebounds — F Trevon Brazile (6.5 RPG)

  • Assists — G Davonte Davis (2.1 APG)

  • Steals — G Tramon Mark (1.1 SPG)

  • Blocks — F Trevon Brazile (1.3 BPG)

Prediction

The Tigers looked like they were about to turn a corner, but this has been a rough recent stretch. Still, this should be a much easier matchup than recent ones have been. I like LSU to get back on track in this one, especially at home.

Prediction: LSU 70, Arkansas 60

Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire