Tigers face must-win on senior night

A two-game stretch that could help LSU's bid for a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance begins Wednesday evening at the Maravich Assembly Center as the 17-8 LSU Tigers host the Ole Miss Rebels at 7 p.m. in the final home game of the regular season.

The game will be carried tape-delayed at 10:30 p.m. on Cox Sports Television (Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge) and the live radio broadcast will be available in Louisiana through the LSU Sports Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

Senior Day ceremonies are slated to begin around 6:50 p.m. as four-year LSU guard Charlie Thompson will be honored. Thompson for the first 2 1/2 years of his career served as the primary backup point guard for former Tiger Torris Bright.

The Rebels are 12-13 overall and 4-10 in the league, losers of four straight like LSU. The Tigers are 7-7 in the SEC West, tied for second place with Alabama in the battle for the second first-round bye in the West. LSU has the tiebreaker with Alabama, having swept the Tide earlier this season so if they end up in a tie, LSU gets the position.

The Tigers are expected to go with the same lineup that started in the 70-64 loss at home Sunday to Kentucky with Xavier Whipple, Darrel Mitchell and Antonio Hudson at guards and Brandon Bass and Darnell Lazare at forwards. Jaime Lloreda again will not play Wednesday against the Rebels.

With that lineup against Kentucky, the Tigers battled the more experienced Wildcats for 40 minutes, closing the gap twice to two in the final minute.

"I thought our team played better on Sunday," said LSU Coach John Brady. "We made some good plays, but Kentucky answered every positive things we did. We did some good things and we found our team again."

To win, LSU will have to stop the Ole Miss tandem of Justin Reed and Aaron Harper, averaging a combined 37 points for Ole Miss. On Reed, Brady said, "Justin came in there from day one and has had an impact on that program. He's a hard guy to guard; he plays hard. He's another one of these guys that seems like he's been there for 10 years."

The Tigers close out the regular season Saturday at 3 p.m. at Auburn.

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