CHALK TALK: Miss. State at LSU

Tigers look for back-to-back wins for first time since late December.

CHALK TALK

Mississippi State at LSU, 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN)

Radio: 98.1 FM. Sirius/XM: 199

 

LSU (14-10, 4-6 SEC)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.7 ppg, 3.9 apg)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (8.8 ppg, 34-96 3pt. FG)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.3 ppg, 42-48 FT)

F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

Key reserves

G-F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 27 steals)

G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

Coach: Trent Johnson (63-59, fourth season)

 

Mississippi State (19-6, 6-4 SEC)

Projected starters

G Dee Bost 6-2, 176, Sr. (26 ppg, 5 apg, 53 steals)

G Rodney Hood 6-8, 204, Fr. (11.1 ppg, 5 rpg)

G Brian Bryant 6-3, 168, Sr. (6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

F Renardo Sidney 6-10, 280, Jr. (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

F Arnett Moultrie 6-11, 249, Sr. (16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg)

Key reserves

G Jalen Steele 6-3, 194, So. (8.3 ppg, 40.7% 3-pt. FG)

F Wendell Lewis 6-9, 260, Jr. (4 ppg, 4 rpg, 63.4% FG)

Coach: Rick Stansbury (291-160, 14th season)

 

Up next

LSU heads to South Carolina for a 12:45 p.m. contest on Saturday.

 

Of note

  • The Tigers own a 104-96 edge in the series, but the Bulldogs have won nine of the last 13 meetings. State is looking for a sweep for the fourth time in six years and a third straight win in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1994-96. The last two games at the PMAC have been decided by a single point.
  • Saturday’s win against Alabama marked the first time since the SEC opener vs. Ole Miss that LSU has held a foe under 60 points.
  • The Tigers are 27-for-31 from the free-throw line in the last two games to up their season percentage to 70.9%, which ranks third in the SEC.
  • LSU is 8-for-54 (14.8%) from 3-point territory since hitting 11 treys against Mississippi State on Jan. 25, which matched a season-best.
  • Justin Hamilton

    Ralston Turner didn’t match his scoring pace against Alabama, dipping to 2 points in 34 minutes. But he did record 3 assists for the third time this season.
  • Justin Hamilton hasn’t shot as much in the last five games, but has been effective shooting 55.2% (26 of 47).
  • The Tigers’ 49% shooting performance from the field in the Alabama win was their best since they hit a season-best 53.5% against Marquette on Dec. 19.
  • In four SEC home wins, LSU has recorded 62 assists and has committed 48 turnovers. The Tigers also rebound better at home, with an average of 39.8 caroms in those four victories.
  • Three Bulldogs’ starters average 34.3 minutes or more per game, with Dee Bost, Rodney Hood and Arnett Moultrie ranking 1-2-3 in the SEC in minutes played.
  • Moultrie has nine games with 20 points or more this season and Bost has eight. State is 9-0 when Moultrie reaches 20. In the earlier game with LSU, Moultrie matched his season-high with 28 points.
  • Juatin Hamilton

    Since a lackluster 3-point, 4-rebound showing vs. LSU and a 5-point day against Florida, Sidney has shown some improvement, averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in the last three games. He recorded his first double-double of the season against Georgia with 10 points and 12 boards.
  • Steele has notched three games of 15 points in the last six, including the previous game with the Tigers. In those three games, Steele has knocked down 12-of-19 (63.2%) from 3-point range. He is a 40.7% shooter from long range this season and 123 of his 165 field-goal attempts are from outside the arc.
  • The Bulldogs’ 46-26 rebounding edge over LSU is their season-best. They are coming off a game when Georgia beat State on the glass 40-33, which equals the worst performance of the season.

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