Tigers look to get off on the right foot when they launch the 2012 SEC season against the Rebels.



LSU (10-4)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (8.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 35 steals)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (9.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 25-66 3pt. FG)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (11.7 ppg, 22-25 FT,19-47 3-pt. FG)

F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (12.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 44-58 FT)

Key reserves

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 19 steals)

G Chris Bass 6-1, 180, Sr. (2 ppg. 24 assists, 14 steals)

G-F Jalen Courtney 6-9, 228, So. (3.2 ppg. 1.8 rpg, 11-29 3-pt. FG)

Coach: Trent Johnson (59-53, fourth season; 218-174, 13th season)


Ole Miss (10-4)

Projected starters

G Nick Williams 6-4, 210, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 18 steals, 21-26 FT)

G Jarvis Sumners 6-4, 184, Fr. (10.2 ppg, 3 apg, 13-33 3-pt. FG)

F Terrance Henry 6-9, 210, Sr. (11.6 ppg, 4 rpg)

F Steadman Short 6-9, 230, Sr. (1.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

F Reginald Buckner 6-8, 225, Jr. (5.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 31 blocks)

Key reserves

F Murphy Holloway 6-7, 240, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 18 steals)

G Jelan Kendrick 6-7, 210, Fr. (2.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg)

G Ladarius White 6-6, 208, Fr. (5.2 ppg,2.2rpg)

G Maurice Aniefiok 6-5, 205, Fr. (1.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Coach: Andy Kennedy (115-68, sixth season)


Up next

The Tigers hit the road for the first time in SEC play, traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama at 8 p.m. Wednesday.


Of note

  • LSU leads the series with Ole Miss 116-84 but has lost the last four games and seven of the last 10.
  • The Tigers lead the SEC with 15 offensive rebounds a game, but managed to snare only 6 – a season-low – in a 57-52 loss to No. 21-ranked on Monday.
  • LSU and the Rebels have one common opponent. Marquette drilled Ole Miss 96-66 on Nov. 20, while the Tigers blew past the Golden Eagles 67-59 on Dec. 19.
  • The Rebels haven’t won an SEC opener in Kennedy’s five previous seasons.
  • Kennedy has won more games in his first six seasons than any coach in Ole Miss history. He is 8-4 vs. the Tigers in his career, seven of those wins with the Rebels.
  • Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC with 81 blocked shots (6.2 per game), which is 12th in the country. Buckner’s 31 rejections are second in the league and he recently passed Sean Murphy as the Rebels' career leader with 190 swats.
  • Ole Miss has two Louisiana natives: Henry is from Monroe (Carroll High) and redshirt freshman Will Norman from St. Thomas More in Lafayette. LSU counters with three Mississippi natives: Stringer and Courtney from Jackson and Johnny O'Bryant from Cleveland. That's only one fewer Magnolia State natives than the Rebels have.
  • Like LSU, the Rebels have fared well against power-conference foes this season and have recorded a number of firsts. Ole Miss has beaten an ACC team in Oxford for the first time (Miami), beaten a Big East team on the road for the first time (DePaul) and won a road game at a Big Ten’s arena for the first time (Penn State).
  • Nine of the Rebels’ 14 foes have shot under 40%. That adds up to a 39.4% defensive field-goal average, which is fifth in the SEC, right behind LSU (38.4%).
  • The Tigers are second in the league in 3-point defense, limiting foes to 29.4% shooting.
  • Led by Hickey’s 35 steals, the Tigers lead the SEC with 116 thefts or 8.9 per game.

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