LSU at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. Wednesday (Cox 4; CST, tape-delayed)
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LSU (13-9, 3-5 SEC)
G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4 apg, 50 steals)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 33-91 3pt. FG)
G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.2 ppg, 36-41 FT, 40 assists)
G-F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 65-87 FT)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8 ppg, 5 rpg, 26 steals)
G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
F Malcolm White 6-8, 220 (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
Coach: Trent Johnson (62-58, fourth season; 221-179, 13th season)
Vanderbilt (16-7, 5-3 SEC)
G John Jenkins 6-4, 220, Jr. (19.7 ppg,85-194 3-pt. FG, 60-71 FT)
G Jeffery Taylor 6-7, 225, Sr. (17.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 41-87 3-pt. FG)
G Brad Tinsley 6-3, 210, Sr. (9.1 ppg, 4.5 apg, 34-41 FT)
F Lance Goldbourne 6-8, 230, Sr. (9.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
C Festus Ezeli 6-11, 255, Sr. (9.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
F Steve Tchiengang 6-9, 245, Sr. (3.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 25-32 FT)
F Rod Odom 6-9, 215, So. (3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
G Kedren Johnson 6-4, 215, Fr. (3 ppg, 37 assists)
Coach: Kevin Stallings (252-155, 13th season; 375-218, 18th season)
LSU gets a second shot at Alabama when the Crimson Tide (16-7, 5-4) comes to Baton Rouge on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Vanderbilt owns a 59-47 edge in the series and is 36-14 against the Tigers in Nashville. LSU’s last win against the Commodores was a 92-73 romp at the 2006 SEC Tournament in Nashville. LSU also clipped Vandy 77-66 at Memorial Gym that regular season. Since then, the Commodores have won by an average of 14 points, including a 16-point romp in 2009, which was one of just three SEC losses for the Tigers that season.
Hamilton leads LSU with 17 games in double-digit scoring this season. He is producing 15.8 points a game in SEC play, fifth best in the league. Hamilton also logged his third double-double of the season vs. the Hogs with 13 points and 11 boards.
Saturday’s win against Arkansas marked only the fourth time this season the Tigers have scored 70 points or more in a victory.
Storm WarrenStorm Warren is moving in on the top three spots on LSU’s career blocked shots chart. He has 110, which ties him with Glen Davis for fifth place. Warren is three behind Garrett Temple and 20 behind Stromile Swift, who ranks third.
After a busy day at the free-throw line against Auburn on Jan. 17, Anthony Hickey is in the midst of another dry spell from the line, going to the stripe just once in the last four games. That’s despite the fact that Hickey has attempted 10 shots or more in five of the last six games.
A deft shooting touch did not accompany Johnny O’Bryant back from his five-game stint on the shelf. Although the 6-foot-8 forward has injected plenty of energy in the three games he’s played, he has struggled to shoot the ball well, making only 33% (11 of 33) from the field.
Andre Stringer’s free-throw streak is up to 13 in a row, 11 in the last three games. On the flip side, he has missed 10 straight attempts from 3-point range.
LSU’s 43 rebounds against Arkansas marked the third time in eight games the Tigers have yanked down at least that many in SEC play.
Besides registering 12 blocked shots against the Razorbacks – LSU’s most since 2009 – the Tigers also came up with 9 steals, their most in an SEC game this season.
Festus EzeliEzeli’s status is up in the air, according to Nashville Tennessean beat writer Jeff Lockridge. The Commodores’all-time leading shot blocker with 178, Ezeli is battling a left knee ailment that has caused him to miss practice. Lockridge tweeted that “Stallings didn’t rule Ezeli out for LSU (Wednesday), but basically said his missed practice time continues to hamper the team’s cohesion.”
Vanderbilt is the only team in the SEC that sports three 1,000-point scorers in Jenkins, Taylor and Tinsley.
Taylor (139) and John Jenkins (138) lead the league in field goals made this season.
Jenkins has scored in double digits in 56 consecutive games and 75 in his career.
Taylor is leading the SEC In league game sonly with 18.1 points a game and 58.8% shooting (20 of 34) from 3-point territory. He needs two points to move into third place on the Commodores’ all-time scoring list with 1,725 points.
In SEC play, the Commodores are outscoring opponents by an average of 7.8 points and shooting 46.6% from the floor and 42.9% from 3-point range. Vandy ranks first in three different categories in league games – 3-point field-goal percentage (.429), 3-pointers made (9.4) and assists (13.5).
In a 73-65 loss at Florida last Saturday, the Commodores were outrebounded 39-34. Vanderbilt is now 2-6 this season when it gets out-rebounded.