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LSU basketball falls to Arkansas on the road, suffers seventh straight loss

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Look at how far the mighty have fallen.

Nearly a month after defeating a top-10 Arkansas team to begin SEC play, LSU basketball lost in its rematch with the Razorbacks in Fayetteville on Tuesday, falling 60-40.

The Tigers (12-8, 1-7 SEC) haven't won a game since upsetting Arkansas (14-6, 3-5) at home, losing seven straight — six by double figures — after Tuesday's debacle.

Even without star guard Nick Smith Jr. and forward Trevon Brazile, Arkansas picked apart the LSU transition defense as if it was Swiss cheese. The Razorbacks went on a 23-3 run to finish the first half with a 38-14 lead, shutting down LSU's anemic offense in the process.

The Tigers tried to battle back in the second half, cutting the deficit down to 11 points on a few occasions. But it wasn't nearly enough.

LSU, which entered the game outside the top 100 nationally on offense and defense, according to KenPom.com, will get a break from its daunting SEC schedule on Saturday when Texas Tech travels to Baton Rouge for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Texas Tech is just 10-9 and 0-7 in conference play. But no win can be assumed for these Tigers.

LSU's offense hits a new low

In a season filled with lows, the Tigers set a new one on Tuesday.

LSU was held to just 14 points in the first half, a new season-low for the Tigers in a half. LSU was an abysmal 3-for-25 from the field and failed to convert on any of its three 3-point attempts.

The Tigers made an early concerted effort to attack the basket. The only problem? The shots didn't go in. LSU finished the first half 1-for-8 on layups and with just two points in the paint.

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Adam Miller steps up in the second half

After a depressing first half, Adam Miller gave the LSU offense a jolt to start the second half.

Miller went 3-for-4 from the field and drilled a 3-pointer by the 11:56 mark of the second. He had nine points, leading a mini comeback that at one point cut the LSU deficit to just 11.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.