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Men's Hoops: LSU 80, Mississippi St 68 - Recap


LSU (15-8,6-6) defeated Mississippi State (7-17,2-10) handily Saturday 80-68. The score may not show dominance, but dominance is what occurred. LSU shot a blazing 54.5% from both three point and two point range on a night that it seemed like the basket was 5 feet wide. Charles Carmouche led the Tigers with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting, including 5 of 8 from three point range. Johnny O'Bryant was two assists away from being the third ever triple double candidate in LSU history (Pete Maravich and Shaq O'Niel) with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Andrew Del Piero had a new career high with 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, and both walkons (Joshua Badeaux and Mychal Williams) got to play their first SEC minute in their career.

The team had a season high 24 assists on their 30 baskets in the game and only committed 10 turnovers (2nd fewest). They out-rebounded the Bulldogs 36-24, and truly controlled the paint the entire game. LSU's bench was able to score 32 points to Mississippi State's 12 and scored 11 2nd chance points to State's 7. LSU's five blocks also tied the teams SEC high set against Florida. Defensively, LSU did not need to put a ton of pressure on the Bulldogs and only came out with five steals. They let Mississippi State shoot 46% from the field, but they never allowed Mississippi State to lead.



Just how good was LSU this weekend? Well, it was their best team SoS performance of the year. The best part was, everyone contributed. LSU had seven players get over 40 in Adjusted SoS and Charles Carmouche's 61.19 was one of the best performances LSU has had in SEC play. Johnny O'Bryant's 48.05 Unadjusted SoS almost matched his amazing 30 point, 10 rebound performance he had against South Carolina. He had an impressive 8 assist, 2 turnover game. His passing has gotten better with each passing game and opposing teams are having to respect his passing by not double teaming him.

But it didn't stop at just those two. Andrew Del Piero's 13 points were impressive. He was a defensive asset throughout the game, but his presence down low offensively was an even better contribution. Hickey (10) and Stringer (10) also had double digit scoring. Anthony Hickey had a very impressive 6 assist 1 turnover game and two of LSU's 5 steals.



This weekends SEC scores:

Miss St 62 @ LSU 80
Kentucky 58 @ Tenn 88
aTm 56 @ Vandy 63
SCar 58 @ Alabama 68
Mizz 71 @ Ark 73
UGA 74 @ Ole Miss 84 OT
Florida 83 @ Aub 52


With the win, LSU moved within one game of 5th place in the SEC. They are amazingly only two games out of third. Note: LSU lost to South Carolina and Auburn early in the SEC schedule. LSU's Tuesday night opponent Tennessee really crushed Nerlens-less Kentucky at home and will come into our game with a ton of confidence.LSU should be going into Tennessee with enough confidence to make it interesting as well. Arkansas' win over Missouri brings LSU to within one game of both of those teams, with meetings with each of them still to go. LSU has now won five of their last six and two of their last three road games. If LSU could get one more this week against Tennessee, they could be sitting in 5th or 6th place by middle of the week.

I'll have my pregame write-up on Tennessee out later today. Remember it is the early Tuesday game (SEC normally has 1 Tuesday game, 1 Thursday game and the rest on Wednesday). It will conclude a stretch where LSU will play three times in six days, two of which are on the road. LSU is 2-0 so far during the stretch with the Tennessee game being vital to LSU's SEC Tournament seeding.

Current SEC Tournament Bracket (If season ended today):



Pictures from the game can be found HERE



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NastyTiger
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Well morherfrickin hoorah!





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LSU is really climbing the SEC ladder recently. Pretty incredible that we are middle of the pack after the 0-4 start. Can really make up some serious ground this week but we have two very tough games.





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CjJ got it goin on!





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Remember it is the early Tuesday game (SEC normally has 1 Tuesday game, 1 Thursday game and the rest on Wednesday). It will conclude a stretch where LSU will play three times in six days, two of which are on the road. LSU is 2-0 so far during the stretch with the Tennessee game being vital to LSU's SEC Tournament seeding.



Does LSU ever get the "good breaks" when it comes to scheduling in the SEC?






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Does LSU ever get the "good breaks" when it comes to scheduling in the SEC?


The main thing I didn't like is that we got most of our home games in the mid-week. They need to do a better job of splitting that up.






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Thanks for the recap and pics!






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If LSU get to 20 wins they a lock for the tournament. I'm not saying we get to 20 wins but hell anything possible when you don't have to play florida again during the regular season and you in the SEC. They might not take 5 teams but they taking at least four from the SEC this year.


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It is amazing what good coaching can do. These players have bought into JJ 100% and it seems like they are all on the same page. Man, Trent would have this club battling for last place.





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If LSU get to 20 wins they a lock for the tournament. I'm not saying we get to 20 wins but hell anything possible when you don't have to play florida again during the regular season and you in the SEC. They might not take 5 teams but they taking at least four from the SEC this year.


I don't think so...

I read an article this morning saying this could be the first time since the inception of the 64 + team tournament that a power conference only gets 1 bid.

The SEC is down. The perception is that the SEC is waaaaayyyyy down. Florida gets in. Missouri may get in if they stop losing so much. Besides that, Ole Miss has a shot, but they are blowing it. Alabama who currently sits in 2nd, probably has too many bad losses to get in.

LSU has losses to Auburn and South Carolina. If we won every game from here on out, except the SEC Tournament Championship, maybe. Otherwise I don't think we get in unless we win the Tournament.






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Those early-SEC schedule losses to Auburn and USC is what will keep the Tigers out of the big dance. They are looking worse and worse each week.





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SouthOfSouth
Excellent write up, as always!

I'm not a sports bettor but am eager to see how much respect LSU gets versus Tennessee when the lines are published this afternoon.

Anyone care to guess?






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I think the fact that we went 0-4 to start will play in our favor if we win 5 out the last 6 and end up 20-9. It's all about momemtum with the selection committee. No way they leave us home if we win 10 out our last 12 conference games even if the conference pretty pathetic. That would mean we would also get a pretty good seed and avoid florida for a while. South how many teams make the SEC tourney?? Do the top teams get a bye??





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I don't think we get in unless we win the Tournament.


Unfortunately, I think this is correct. And thanks for the recap.






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Otherwise I don't think we get in unless we win the Tournament.


I tend to agree with you.






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I'm not a sports bettor but am eager to see how much respect LSU gets versus Tennessee when the lines are published this afternoon.

Anyone care to guess?


Tennessee -7.5

Definitely gonna be Tennessee by at least 6 but I think it sticks around 7.5-8.



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