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Record last week: (2-0)
LSU 84, Auburn 61
LSU 73, Ole Miss 63

Week Summary: It's finally here; March Madness! LSU finished up February with two key victories. First LSU went to Auburn and absolutely dominated a lesser opponent that they lost to earlier this season. Then LSU completed the season sweep of Ole Miss and took possession of 4th in the SEC. LSU did it with great defense as their defensive efficiency has moved all the way up to 12th in the country. Tim Quarterman completed LSU's first triple double since 1992 (Shaq) against Ole Miss; 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Streak: Win 3

Top performer: Jarell Martin has really played impressive basketball lately. He added two more double doubles to his total and scored 43 with 24 rebounds on the week. He shot 64% from two point range and only turned the ball over 2 times.

Cause for Concern: Jordan Mickey has struggled way more than LSU can afford moving forward. While he scored double figures in each game, it took a 5 of 14 shooting performance to do it in the Ole Miss game. Couple that with only having 4 rebounds in each of the last two games and there is a trend that has to turn around for LSU to achieve their season goals.

Top Team Stat of Week: LSU's assist to turnover ratio this week was 39:21. After going 22:11 against Auburn on the road, LSU impressively went 17:10 against Ole Miss in two of LSU's cleaner games of the year.

Rankings and Standings:
CBS RPI 45 (55LW)
ESPN RPI 45 (53LW)
BPI 32 (38LW)
KenPom 28 (32LW)

Breaking the trend: After having 0 games with less than 6 rebounds all season, Jordan Mickey has had only 4 rebounds in 3 of the last 4 games. Jarell Martin has picked up the slack in the rebound department, but LSU needs Mickey to get back to the boards. He now averages 9.9 per game after being well above 10 RPG for most of the year.

Best single game: Tim Quarterman did what only two LSU players in history have ever done on Saturday. His triple double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists was the first triple double since Shaq in 1992. The only other player in LSU history to complete this feat with assists, rebounds, and points was Pistol Pete who did it one time in his career. Quarterman also added 2 blocks, a steal, and only 1 turnover and made 8 of 9 free throws.

LSU Opponent who made noise: UAB has a 12-4 record in Conference USA and won two games this week at home versus Marshall and Middle Tennessee. They are currently 2 games behind Louisiana Tech and in second place in the conference.

Interesting Stat of the Week: Ole Miss has the 19th most efficient offense in the country averaging 1.13 points per possession this year, but LSU's stifling defense held the Rebels to only 0.88 points per possession catapulting LSU's defensive efficiency to a season's best 12th allowing only 0.921 points per possession. The average this year is 1.02 PPP.

LSU Scorers this week:
Jarell Martin 43
Keith Hornsby 29
Tim Quarterman 26
Jordan Mickey 25
Jalyn Patterson 25
Josh Gray 7
Darcy Malone 2

LSU Rebounders this week:
Jarell Martin 24
Tim Quarterman 13
Jordan Mickey 8
Keith Hornsby 8
Jalyn Patterson 7
Josh Gray 3
Darcy Malone 2
Brian Bridgewater 1
Aaron Epps 1

LSU Assists/TO this week:
Tim Quarterman 16:4
Jalyn Patterson 12:2
Josh Gray 7:2
Keith Hornsby 2:1
Jarell Martin 1:2
Jordan Mickey 1:6
Brian Eddlestone 0:1
Darcy Malone 0:3

SEC Standings:
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Bracketology: LSU made giant leaps this week into making their case for an NCAA Tournament bid, and this weeks updated bracketologies prove that. LSU picked up some projections as low as 6 seeds and now average the first 10 seed and are included in 69 of the 75 updated brackets. LSU has to feel confident that 1 more win gets them in the field.

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Most Dominant SEC Win of the Week: Kentucky came to play when Arkansas came to town. The 1 vs 2 SEC matchup ended up being a bust as the Cats put away Arkansas 84-67. Arkansas never led and were down by as much as 31 before UK took the foot off the gas late.

Biggest SEC Upset of the Week: No big time upsets stick out, but Ole Miss' loss at home to Georgia has to be the surprise of the week. Ole Miss seemed to have an NCAA bid locked up and a top 4 SEC seed with a 10-4 record before letting UGA come into the Tad Pad and upset the Rebels. Now, Ole Miss sits in 6th place in the SEC and are squarely on the bubble.

This week in LSU Basketball:
Home vs Tennessee Wednesday, Mar 4th - 6PM SECN
Away vs Arkansas Saturday, Mar 7th - 1PM ESPN
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