G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.1 apg)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 25-65 3pt. FG)
G Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-9, 262, Fr. (8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 41-52 FT)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 19 steals)
F Malcolm White 6-9, 220, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G Chris Bass 6-1, 180, Sr. (2 ppg. 20 assists, 13 steals)
Coach: Trent Johnson (59-52, fourth season; 218-173, 13th season)
G Jontel Evans 5-11, 188, Jr. (6.7 ppg, 3.2 apg)
G Joe Harris 6-6, 211, So. (12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
G Sammy Zegliniski 6-1, 184, Sr. (8.6 ppg, 3 apg)
C Assane Sene 7-0, 239, Sr. (5.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
F Mike Scott 6-8, 237, Sr. (17.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg)
G Malcolm Brogdon 6-5, 215, Fr. (7.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 25-31 FT)
F Darion Atkins 6-8, 222, Fr. (3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
F Akili Mitchell 6-8, 234, So. (3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Coach: Tony Bennett (43-32, third season; 112-65, sixth season)
LSU jumps into the 2012 SEC season when Ole Miss visits the PMAC for a 12:30 p.m. game on Saturday.
LSU and Virginia are meeting for the only the third time, but the second year in a row. The Cavaliers claimed the first two games, winning 64-50 last season in Charlottesville and 78-74 in the 1982 NCAA Final Four third-place game.
Bennett’s wife, Laurel, is a Baton Rouge native and LSU graduate. That led to Bennett being tagged as a leading candidate for the Tigers’ job in 2008 when John Brady was fired.
The Tigers’ 10 victories before the New Year are their most since they got off to an 11-1 start in Johnson’s first season on the way to an SEC Championship. That team tumbled to 11-3 after losses to Utah and Alabama.
Andre Stringer is not expected to play against Virginia, which would be his fifth game in a row missed since fainting in a practice prior to LSU’s victory against Boise State. He has resumed some level of practice, but Johnson said he needs to catch up conditioning-wise before stepping back on the field.
The Cavaliers are off to their best start since 1982-83 and have won 10 straight games for the first time since 2000-01.
Both teams are keyed by defense. LSU has limited its last seven foes to 59 points or fewer, a first since 1953. The Tigers are 30-4 in Johnson’s four seasons when holding foes under 60. Virginia is allowing only 50.4 points a game and has held seven opponents to 50 or fewer this season.
UVa is 22-2 under Bennett when scoring 70 points or more.
Cavaliers’ forward Mike Scott has recorded five double-doubles this season and 29 in his career, which leads active ACC players.
Two Virginia players requested transfers right before Christmas: Guard K.T. Harrell and forward James Johnson. Harrell had made five starts and was producing 4.7 points a game.