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Louisiana State Tigers vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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No. 19 LSU found a way to overcome the absence of two of its top three scorers in its last game.

Coach Will Wade juggled his lineup in the absence of second-leading scorer Darius Days and third-leading scorer Xavier Pinson and the Tigers (16-4) ended a three-game losing streak with a 70-64 home victory against Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

LSU might be short-handed again when it plays TCU (13-4) in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wade placed leading scorer Tari Eason into the starting lineup and made usual starter Brandon Murray a reserve to mitigate the loss of Eason's productivity off the bench. Eason had 14 points and nine rebounds despite missing much of the second half with leg cramps.

Murray scored a career-high 21 points and Eric Gaines, who has started the last five games while Pinson has been sidelined by a sprained knee, added a career-high 16 points.

"I thought Gaines was great, I thought Murray was great," Wade said. "Those guys stepped up and made plays and made things happen."

Days, who sat out Wednesday after being hampered by a sprained ankle in each of the last two games, appears closer to returning than Pinson does.

LSU trailed the Aggies by five with 3:45 remaining, then finished on a 13-2 run. It held Texas A&M scoreless for the final 1:45 and scored the final nine points.

Mwani Wilkinson made his only field-goal attempt of the game a meaningful one, hitting a 3-pointer that broke a tie at 64 and started the closing run. The Tigers made 10 straight free throws down the stretch.

"It was a great, great win," Wade said. "We found a way."

The Horned Frogs will try to bounce back from a disappointing performance. A record home crowd of 8,412 turned out Tuesday night for the game against Texas, but TCU played poorly in a 73-50 loss that featured the team's lowest point total this season.

"I can't explain it," coach Jamie Dixon said. "I don't know why we played so poorly. We looked slow to begin with. ... They clearly beat us in every way. I haven't had many losses like this. This was bad."

The Frogs, who are tied for third in the country with a rebound margin of plus-9, were outrebounded for just the second time all season, getting beat 41-31 while surrendering 15 offensive rebounds.

"It's embarrassing," said Mike Miles said, who led TCU with 14 points. "We got our you-know-what kicked. ... Everything went wrong the whole game. Nothing went right. We got what we deserved."

The Frogs made just 2 of 16 3-pointers and 12 of 21 free throws. They had 13 turnovers and just 10 assists.

Emanuel Miller, who had 13 points and a career-high five blocked shots, said TCU needs to use that performance as a learning tool to get ready for LSU.

"I think there's so many things we can learn from this game," Miller said. "We have to move on to LSU, but we have to remember this game and make it never happen again."

--Field Level Media

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Louisiana State Tigers vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Chuck O'Bannon Jr. and Mike Miles scored 19 points each as TCU defeated No. 19 LSU 77-68 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas.

Damion Baugh added 14 points as the Horned Frogs (14-4) claimed their first victory over a ranked SEC opponent since 1954.

Tari Eason scored 16 points, Darius Days had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Eric Gaines scored 14 and Brandon Murray had 10 to lead the Tigers (16-5), who lost for the fourth time in five games.

TCU, which used a 15-5 finishing run to take a nine-point halftime lead, started the second half with a 12-5 run.

O'Bannon made three consecutive 3-pointers and scored 11 points during the run, which produced a 50-34 lead.

Eason scored the first six points of a 10-0 run that pulled LSU within 50-44.

Baugh's dunk ended that run, but the Tigers were within 55-54 on Murray's 3-pointer with 9:36 to play.

O'Bannon scored five points as the Frogs built the lead to 65-56, but LSU trimmed the lead to 65-62 on a Gaines dunk.

Miles scored the next eight TCU points and added an assist to put the Frogs in command 75-66 with 1:30 left.

The Horned Frogs shot 49.1 percent for the game and held the Tigers to 36.9 percent shooting.

Days, LSU's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, returned from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury. Point guard Xavier Pinson did not start for the Tigers but returned from a five-game absence due to a sprained knee.

Pinson's only points were two free throws in the first half that started a 9-2 run and gave LSU a 17-15 lead.

TCU tied the score and the lead changed hands four times before a 7-0 run gave the Frogs a 30-24 lead.

Mwani Wilkinson's 3-pointer pulled the Tigers within 31-29, but that was LSU's only field goal in the final five minutes and TCU extended its lead to 38-29 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

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