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Gamethread: No. 22 LSU vs. Bowling Green, 7:00 P.M., SEC Network+

The LSU men’s basketball season officially begins Friday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as the defending SEC champion Tigers host the Bowling Green University Falcons.

A strong core from last year’s Sweet 16 returns for LSU. Guards Javonte Smart, Skylar Mays and Marlon Taylor and forwards Emmitt Williams and Darius Days return to the PMAC floor after taking LSU on its deepest NCAA Tournament run since 2006.

The players will also have head coach Will Wade back in command on the sideline for the first time in 245 days.