Tigers open season early Tuesday against UMass

By By Albert Burford / American Press

The LSU men’s basketball team gets its season underway today with a 10 a.m. game against UMass.

The early start comes as a result of the Tigers participating in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, which airs games for 24 straight

hours.

“We’ve had some earlier practices this

week,” head coach Johnny Jones said in a news conference. “Be it

Saturday and Sunday,

we’ve gotten up early and gone through. Yesterday as early as 8

a.m. in the morning, we were together. We took in some church

and came back and practiced right afterwards. So, we’ve been

moving around a little bit earlier than normal as a group.”

The Tigers, receiving votes in both polls, have a 35-point win exhibition win against Xavier (La.) under their belts.

Shooting guard Andre Stringer led the

Tigers in that game with 22 points as LSU had four players score in

double figures.

Three freshmen made the start for the Tigers that game — point

guard Tim Quarterman and frontcourt duo Jordan Mickey and Jarell

Martin. Anthony Hickey came off the bench and contributed seven

points and five steals.

“I thought our guys were extremely

unselfish getting the start as freshmen, they did a great job coming out

(and) playing,”

Jones said after the game. “(They) were not fazed at all because

of the game, the crowd or anything of that nature and they

executed well on the defensive end of the floor.”

UMass opened its season Sunday with a 86-73 win against Boston College.