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Tennessee beats LSU in top-25 matchup, 50-64, ending losing streak

The 24th ranked Vols lost on the road to the 13th ranked Tigers 79-67 on the road just two weeks ago.
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Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi (25) dribbles during an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It was a top-25 weekend on Rocky Top!

The 24th-ranked Tennessee men's basketball team hosted No. 13 LSU on Saturday. The Vols were looking to upset the Tigers, a team UT lost to earlier this month.

They succeeded, beating LSU 64-50 on Saturday.

Tennessee previously lost 79-67 at LSU on January 8th, where the Tigers had 38 points in the paint and 23 points off UT's 15 turnovers.

“They're a team that really relies on your turnovers and you not taking care of the ball.” Rick Barnes said on LSU. “I think they lead the nation in steals, No. 1 defensive team in the country. Then on the offensive end, they're really good in isolation, good one-on-one players. But there's a pace they like to play with.”

The Vols shot just 38% from the field against LSU and were out-rebounded, 41-33.

Tennessee had not beaten LSU since January 31st, 2018, riding a four-game losing streak.

Freshman guard Zakai Zeigler says he takes pride in protecting his home court.

“I think it's just the energy that Rocky Top brings to us,” Zeigler said. “We know that coming into every game here, they're going to have our backs no matter what. In every game, we have the same mindset that we believe we're going to win. It's like no other.”

Tennessee is 3-3 in the SEC with losses from Kentucky, LSU and Alabama.

Following Tennessee’s loss to Kentucky, head coach Rick Barnes made a change in the starting lineup, against Vanderbilt.

Uros Plavsic made the start in place of super-senior John Fulkerson. Plavsic finished with 13 points and seven rebounds against the Commodores. Barnes says Plavsic will make the start again Saturday against LSU.

The game starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

You can watch the team speak about the game below.