L-S-U (17-10) at Ole Miss (15-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday February 25th, 1:45 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061) -- Oxford, Mississippi. Television: SEC Network. Home Record: LSU 11-3, Ole Miss 10-2. Away Record: LSU 4-6, Ole Miss 3-8. Neutral Record: LSU 2-1, Ole Miss 2-2. Conference Record: LSU 7-6, Ole Miss 5-8. Series Record: L-S-U leads, 117-84.
GAME NOTES: The LSU Tigers will try to continue their rally towards the postseason as they head to the Tad Smith Coliseum to battle the Ole Miss Rebels in a Southeastern Conference tilt.
The rivalry between LSU and the Rebels dates back to 1909. The Tigers ended a four-game losing streak to the Rebels and extended their series lead to 117-84 with an 81-55 victory in Baton Rouge on Jan. 7th, in a contest that was the SEC opener for both teams. LSU dominated this season's initial meeting by shooting 42.6 percent from the field to produce its third highest scoring output of the season, while forcing 17 turnovers on the defensive end.
The Tigers are roaring right now as they picked up a 61-53 victory over Georgia on Wednesday to make it four in a row. LSU is now 17-10 overall and tied for fourth place in the SEC standings with a 7-6 mark in league action. Suddenly, head coach Trent Johnson's team is back in the NCAA Tournament discussion with just two games left in the regular season after today. LSU's recent success has come due to its exceptional defensive effort, as it has held its last four opponents under 60 points in regulation.
Andre Stringer delivered his best game in league action of the year on Wednesday as he netted a team-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. If Stringer stays hot, it will only help out the Tigers' star center Justin Hamilton, who delivered a 23-point, 16-rebound performance versus Ole Miss earlier this season. Hamilton leads the team with 13.6 points and 7.3 boards per game. LSU's freshman point guard Anthony Hickey has been streaky, however his quickness and passing ability will give Ole Miss some trouble.
The Rebels head into today's matchup after their losing streak was extended to three games on Wednesday as Tennessee handed them a 73-60 setback. Head coach Andy Kennedy's team now has a 15-12 overall record and little hope for a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss was outrebounded 40-28 and allowed the Volunteers to shoot 21 second-half free throws in its loss on Wednesday. The Rebels are being outscored by an average of 0.5 ppg this season.
Terrance Henry, Murphy Holloway, and Nick Williams will need to push Ole Miss in this one to avoid a fourth loss in a row. Henry is netting a team-high 11.9 ppg on 46.5 percent shooting from the field, while Holloway is averaging 11.6 points and a team-best 8.7 boards per game. Williams is adding 10.0 ppg. All three scored in double-figures versus Tennessee on Wednesday, and Jelan Kendrick chipped in 10 points off the bench as well.
The Tigers completely shut down the Rebels in the first meeting, as no player for LSU had more than eight points in the contest. Although this one is going to be played in Oxford, LSU should be able to ride its momentum to another triumph.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: LSU 73, Ole Miss 60
02/25 10:35:42 ET