For LSU (12-3, 1-1), and its aspirations of crashing the postseason, that moment will be tough to come by over the next three away contests, but it is necessary.
The Bayou Bengals trek to Ole Miss (10-5, 1-1) Wednesday night before consecutive road dates next week at defending SEC champ Florida and up-and-comer Vanderbilt (a home game Saturday versus Texas A&M is sandwiched in between).
Tipoff tonight against the Rebels is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the SEC Network will have the live television broadcast.
Andy Kennedy’s bunch is guard-heavy and coming off a week in which they took Kentucky to overtime in Rupp Arena before returning home to dust off South Carolina in the Tad Pad.
Get ready for the action in Oxford tonight by taking a look at projected starters and stats, an in-depth breakdown of the matchups within the game as well as quotes from players and Coach Johnny Jones on the Rebels.
LSU (12-3, 1-1)PG Josh Gray (Jr., 6-1, 183) – 9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
G Keith Hornsby (Jr., 6-4, 210) – 12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg
F Jarell Martin (So., 6-10, 235) – 16.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 48.4% FGs
F Jordan Mickey (So., 6-8, 235) – 15.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.5 bpg
F/C John Odo (Sr., 6-9, 236) – 1.5 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.5 bpg
Impact Reserve: G Tim Quarterman (So., 6-6, 187) – 12.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.5 apg
Ole Miss (10-5, 1-1)G Jarvis Summers (Sr., 6-3, 186) – 14.4 ppg, 3.7 apg, 78.8% FTs
G Stefan Moody (Jr., 5-10, 179) – 14.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 spg
G Ladarius White (Sr., 6-6, 211) – 12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 49.1% 3s
F Sebastian Saiz (So., 6-9, 233) – 7.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 64.4% FGs
F M.J. Rhett (Sr., 6-9, 240) – 6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 51.4% FGs
Impact Reserve: G Martavious Newby (Jr., 6-3, 210) – 4.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg
- If you thought Georgia was reliant on its perimeter players, wait until you get a load of Ole Miss. The starting backcourt of Summers, Moody and White (attorneys at law . . . sorry, had to) combined for 63 of the Rebs’ 86 points in the overtime loss in Lexington last week. The next game? The same trio accounted for 44 of Ole Miss’ 65 points in a 65-49 home win over the Gamecocks. Summers, the primary ball-handler, is the ringleader, but he hasn’t been near his best this season, the first in two years minus Marshall Henderson. Shooting 37.4% from the field, 29.3% from beyond the arc isn’t vintage Summers. LSU defenders, namely Gray, Quarterman and Jalyn Patterson, would do well to make sure he doesn’t return to form tonight.
TALK OF CHALK
- On the interior Ole Miss has size, and is even fairly efficient, but that doesn’t mean there’s much production. Saiz, who gave LSU fits a year ago, shoots a white-hot 64.4% from the field – but he only shoots 4.9 times a game on average. Similar story for Rhett: Shoots 4.8 times a game and makes 51.4% of those attempts. Both average in the low-20s, minutes-wise, so look for LSU to take advantage inside with Martin and Mickey in the 12-16 minutes extra they’re in that the Rebs’ post starters aren’t.
- This game could well be played at a fast pace, but, for one of the few times in SEC play, an up-tempo style may not be to the Tigers’ advantage, especially on the road. Ole Miss has shown it can keep pace with some pretty talented offensive outfits, scoring 86 at Kentucky (in overtime), 74 at Dayton, 79 at Oregon and 75 versus Creighton. And most of those outbursts came away from Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels know how to fill it and are especially good early, outscoring opponents by a combined 71 points in first halves this season. It will be important for LSU to get off to a good start, a la the Missouri game, but hold onto the lead and settle into halfcourt sets late – not forcing the action or tempo and running into the team’s Achilles heel so far this season, turnovers.
“I thought the way they play, I have always felt that (Jarvis) Summers was the heartbeat of their team. As solid as he is, is the sense of urgency and toughness that he plays with, even when they had Marshall Henderson on the team. The different look right now is the newcomer (Stefan Moody) that they have that did take a lot of those (Henderson-type) shots and played so well against Kentucky the other night gives them the feel of Henderson. He’s a very capable scorer that can make shots. They have done a great job of continuing to defend and rebound. They are really playing well together.”
WHAT LSU’S SAYING
- Johnny Jones with Ole Miss overview
“I think you can look at Jarell’s numbers and how effective he’s been for us. If an opposing team hadn’t switched or changed up how they were trying to defend him in trying to take him and Jordan Mickey away from us, I’m sure they would be questioned a little bit. Jarell has done an excellent job for us. He has a great field goal percentage, and he’s continued to improve from the three (point line). The thing that I admire about him is that he doesn’t get caught up in how other people are defending him. What his is trying to do is make sure that he makes the right plays.
- Jones on recent struggles for Jarell Martin
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