VAUGHT: LSU game reunites Davis, Rondo

Glen Davis knew Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo was a good basketball player but he knew little else about him before the two played on the USA Under 21 team last summer. The two not only were teammates, but they were also roommates.

The LSU center will get to see Rondo again Saturday when the Tigers host Kentucky in a game that means a lot to both teams. With a win, LSU will move closer to winning the Southeastern Conference overall championship. For Kentucky, a win would keep the Wildcats on pace to finish second in the SEC Eastern Division and earn a first-round bye in the SEC tourney.

Davis is looking forward to seeing Rondo again this weekend. "We were roommates and had a lot of fun (in the summer)," Davis said. "It was a great experience for me. Just being around him was fun. He was a guy I knew about, but really didn't know him. At first, it was kind of weird rooming with him. We had played them (at Kentucky) and competed against him. But off the court, we became friends and had a lot of good times.

"What you see on the court is not really the person he is. Getting to know him as a person was kind of nice. He is so serious and business like on the court. He never smiles. But off the court, he is really a fun guy. He likes to have fun. He's very outgoing. He's kind of like a little kid in a lot of ways. But on the court, he's a hard worker and a great player."

Of course, the same could be said of Davis. He had his sixth straight double-double in LSU's win at Vanderbilt Wednesday and stopping him will be a big key for UK Saturday.

"I want to beat him. He wants to beat me," Rondo said. "That's just how it is. But once the game ends, we are still friends. However, I saw this summer just how good he is and I know how pumped up he's going to be to play in a big game like this."

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