Tigers set to tip with State

The LSU men's basketball team hopes to continue its strong advantage on the floor of the Maravich Center on Wednesday night when the 25th-ranked Tigers play host to Mississippi State.

The Tigers and Bulldogs will tip off just after 7 p.m. in a game to be regionally televised by JP Sports (WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge). The radio call of the game will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and in the "Geaux Zone powered by USAgenices" at LSUsports.net.

Tickets for the game are available ($14, $5 for youth 12 and under) at LSUsports.net (Buy and Print Online Now) and the LSU Athletics Ticket Office until 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale at the upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center at 5:30 p.m. on Gameday.

The popular halftime act, "Quick Change" will make its return to perform at intermission of the game and LSU fans will have a chance to win an iPod Nano if they can guess the number of items stuffed in the Scion Tiger xB at the Maravich Center.

LSU enters the game at 16-7 overall and 8-2 in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, one game up on Alabama (which plays at South Carolina) and three games up on Arkansas (5-5).

The Tigers are one game behind SEC overall leader Tennessee (9-1, with its only loss to LSU in January). The Tigers are coming off a 71-62 loss Saturday at No. 7 Florida, its second loss in three games, but a good enough game to allow the pollsters to move LSU back into the Top 25 for the third time this season.

Mississippi State is 12-11 and 2-8 on the year after losing at South Carolina, 83-61, on Saturday. LSU won a 71-57 decision over the Bulldogs in Starkville in January.

In the Florida game, Glen Davis led LSU with his third straight and 12th of the year double double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Darrel Mitchell was held to just 11 points.

"I thought our game at Florida was extremely physical," said LSU coach John Brady. "In this league, everyone knows you have to take care of the home floor if you're going to have a significant type of season. Certainly with Mississippi State coming in here on Wednesday, we have to ready to play. (The Bulldogs) continue to rebound the ball well. They give us some match-up problems with how they are playing now. We've got to be ready to play and protect the home floor because on the road in this league is extremely difficult to win no matter where you play."

Jamont Gordon, who averages 13.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds and had a double double in the first meeting of the clubs, leads Mississippi State. Charles Rhodes and Jamall Edmondson also are averaging in double figures with each scoring at a 13.0 points per game average. The Bulldogs have lost eight of its last nine games entering the LSU game.

The Tigers have won 14 straight home SEC games at the Maravich Center dating back to the final home game of the 2003-04 season. LSU fans will also be watching to see if Wednesday will be the night Darrel Mitchell passes Torris Bright as the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals made. Mitchell enters the game with 236 treys, one shy of the 237 Bright made in his four years of play from 2000-03.

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