Utah State vs LSU: Game Preview, TV & Radio Schedule, Odds & More
Aggies face first test of the season in Jamaica
Utah State looking to remain undefeated.
Who: Utah State University Aggies vs LSU Tigers
When: Friday, 11/22/2019 at 5:00 PM MST
Where: Montego Bay Convention Centre: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Streaming: FuboTV – Get a seven-day free trial.
Radio: 1280 the Zone
Odds: USU -1.5
Utah State is making their maiden voyage away from the familiarity of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies are five games into their season and Craig Smith’s squad has yet to play an away game.
The game will feature a pair of conference leading teams. Louisiana State University, leading the SEC, and Utah State University, leading the MWC. Each team made the trek all the way to Jamaica and will face off in the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic. Jamaica is no Logan, but I guess it’s a close second… LSU, who was ranked in the top 25 earlier this season, will look to reclaim a spot among the best teams in the nation. Meanwhile, Utah State looks to stay unbeaten and hopefully climb into the top ten.
LSU’s only loss this season was a two-point mishap against VCU. They are a very talented and athletic squad. Senior guard Skylar Mays leads the Tigers in scoring with 17 points a game. Coincidentally his highest scoring output this season (23) came is the loss against VCU. Not only does Mays score the ball, but he also snags nearly 7 rebounds per game. Another Tiger to watch for is sophomore forward Darius Days. Days is averaging nearly 13 points and 8 rebounds a game.
The Aggies have scored over 80 points in each of their 5 games this season. It will be interesting to see if the can continue their dominant offense against an opponent such as LSU. Sam Merrill has been the leading scorer for Utah State this season averaging nearly 18 points a game.
Merrill will need his teammates to continue playing at a high level as well. Utah State features 5 players averaging ten or more points. Merrill (18), Bean (13), Miller (13), Anderson (12), and Brito (11). This well balanced attack will be needed in order to outlast LSU.
Utah State sophomore center Neemias Queta made the trip to Jamaica with the rest of the Aggie team. No word has been given whether or not he will receive any playing time over the course of the tournament. Big man, Kuba Karwowski, has been filling in for the injured Queta. He has done a solid job thus far averaging 3 points, 5 rebound, and 2 blocks a game. Queta’s return could spell trouble for the Tigers. LSU doesn’t have any players over 6’9”. If Queta returns the Aggies would have three 7 footers at their disposal.
Overall, be on the lookout for a high paced, high scoring game. If USU can control the pace, tempo, and style of game they should be able to emerge victorious.