FINAL: LSU 61, Tennessee 84.

Shorthanded without Wayde Sims and Brandon Rachel, LSU fell hard to Tennessee with just 9 players Wednesday night in Knoxville.

Similar to last week’s beatdown at Auburn, the Tigers were never really in this game from the start. In the end, the Tigers would fall 84-61 to a Tennessee team that is proving to be one of the SEC’s top contenders. Auburn and Tennessee could very well be the best two teams in the conference.

The Tigers got quality play yet again from senior forward Duop Reath, who netted 21 points and 5 rebounds. LSU also got production from Randy Onwuasor, who scored 10 points of his own with 3 assists. LSU shot just 39% from the field and 25% from three. Tremont Waters posted his second consecutive poor performance with just 7 points and 2 turnovers.

With tonight’s blowout, LSU has now lost 5 of their last 6 games. Tennessee, however, extends their winning streak to four games. Two teams that are clearly going in separate directions.

Next: Will Wade and the Tigers will look to rebound at home against Arkansas on the SEC Network. The Tigers soundly defeated the Hogs in their last matchup on Jan. 10th at Bud Walton Arena, 75-54.

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