LSU vs. Arkansas, noon Thursday
Radio: 98.1 FM. XM: Channel 199. Sirius: Channel 220
TV: SEC Network
G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, 60 steals)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 43-121 3pt. FG)
G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (10.1 ppg, 56-68 FT, 65 assists)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 96-124 FT)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 29 steals)
F Malcolm White 6-8, 220, Sr. (3.4 ppg, 2 rpg)
G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.9 ppg, 16-21 FT)
G-F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 14-16 FT)
Coach: Trent Johnson (66-62, 4th season; 225-183, 13th season)
G Mardracus Wade 6-2, 178, So. (10.8 ppg, 42.4% 3-pt. FG)
G Rickey Scott 6-3, 195, So. (9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G Julysses Nobles 6-1, 193, Jr. (8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.2 apg)
F Marvell Waithe 6-9, 195, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 32-42 FT)
F Michael Sanchez 6-9, 235, Sr. (3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
G B.J. Young 6-3, 175, Fr. (15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 42% 3-pt. FG)
G Rashad Madden 6-5, 178, Fr. (6.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 56-75 FT)
F Devonte Abron 6-8, 250, Fr. (5.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F-C Hunter Mickelson 6-10, 234, Fr. (5.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
G Brandon Mitchell 6-4, 230, So. (3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
Coach: Mike Anderson (18-13, 1st season; 218-111, 10th season)
The winner moves on to face top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Kentucky (30-1) in the tournament quarterfinals at noon on Friday. The loser must wait and see if it receives an NIT bid.
The Tigers and Razorbacks split this season, each team winning at home – LSU 71-65 in Baton Rouge on Feb. 4 and Arkansas 69-60 in Fayetteville on Jan. 14. The Tigers trail the series against Arkansas 31-23 and are 1-2 against the Hogs in the league tournament, but the teams haven’t met since 2003 – also in New Orleans when the Tigers rolled to an 85-56 triumph.
LSU is 2-2 in SEC Tournament games played in New Orleans, with both wins coming in 2003 when the Tigers got to the semifinals. The four previous games were all at the Superdome.
The Tigers are 43-51 in SEC Tournament play and 15-18 in first-round games.
In two meetings with Arkansas, LSU missed 25 of 31 3-point attempts.
Sophomore Jalen Courtney was back at practice Wednesday after missing the last four games with Plantar Fasciitis. Courtney logged 17 minutes vs. Arkansas in the game on the road.
Warren needs 5 rebounds to become the 26th played in LSU history with 600 rebounds and 7 to take over 25th place on the Tigers’ all-time list.
Eddie LudwigLudwig turned in his best SEC game of the season in the win against Arkansas with 12 points (matched a career high), a 3-pointer, 3-for-3 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a blocked shot. That all came after he never got off the bench in the first game with the Hogs.
Hickey scored 12 points in both games against Arkansas, had 3 steals in both games and snagged 9 rebounds. He also reduced his turnovers from 4 in the game at Arkansas to 2 at home.
O’Bryant has attempted 9 field goals or more in each of the last five games and is hitting 41.3% (19 of 46) in that stretch. He grabbed 11 rebounds in the one game he played against the Hogs, which equaled the most he had in an SEC game.
White snagged a season-high 6 rebounds against Arkansas in Fayetteville when he played 14 minutes.
Stringer has misfired on 13of 14 3-pointers in two games against the Razorbacks this season, but he made amends to a degree in the first game with a career-best 6 rebounds.
Young is the highest-scoring freshman in the league and has notched six games with 20 points or more – a season-best 31, only the third freshman in school history to top 30. LSU limited him to 3 points in a foul-plagued 24-minute day in Baton Rouge, his season-low in an SEC contest. That was the only time he didn’t crack double digits in league play.
Mardracus WadeWade leads the SEC in 3-point accuracy at 42.4% and has nailed 11 of his last 24 tries from outside the arc. He has knocked down 3 treys or more in 11 games this season, including both contests with LSU.
Arkansas’ 9-for-18 shooting from 3-point range in the January game was the most makes by an SEC team vs. LSU this season.
The Razorbacks have lost three consecutive first-round games in the tournament since playing in the 2008 championship game in Atlanta, a 66-57 loss to Georgia. The last time Arkansas won an opening-round game was 2007. The Hogs are 3-7 in first-round games, but are also one of three teams that have won four games to grab the league’s automatic bid – doing so in 2000.
Mickelson’s 7 blocked shots against the Tigers in January were his career-high and the most by an individual against the Tigers this season. His performance also topped the total every SEC team recorded against LSU except Kentucky, which rejected 8 shots on Jan. 25.
Abron corralled 13 rebounds vs. the Tigers in the first game, the most by a foe in league play vs. LSU this season.
Arkansas sophomore Brandon Mitchell, an Amite native and a backup quarterback for the Hogs’ football team, was once a commitment to the LSU basketball program. He has played 20 minutes or more in the last three games and has averaged 6.7 points – including a career-best 10 points vs. Auburn – and 4 rebounds in that stretch.