LSU/Nicholls pre-game notes

The LSU Tigers will have one more chance to hone their skills on the hardwood before they take a huge step up in competition when Nicholls State rolls into town on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. matchup in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (7-0) vs. Nicholls State (6-3)

Dec. 17, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

Pete Maravich Assembly Center -- Baton Rouge, La.


Probable Starters



G - 5 Marcus Thornton (6-4, 205, Sr.) 17.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg

G - 14 Garrett Temple (6-6, 190, Sr.) 6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg

G - 11 Bo Spencer (6-1, 185, So.) 10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg

F - 1 Tasmin Mitchell (6-7, 235, Jr.) 11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg

F - 21 Chris Johnson (6-11, 210, Sr.) 10.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg


Nicholls State 

G - 05 Justin Payne (6-0, 170, Sr.) 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.4 apg

G - 20 Fred Hunter (6-5, 240, Fr.) 14.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

G - 24 Kellan Carter (6-0, 180, So.) 6.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg

F - 21 Ryan Bathie (6-6, 210, Sr.) 14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg

F – 31 Anatoly Bose (6-6, 200, So.) 12.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg 




(Disclaimer: All national statistical rankings are through games played on Dec. 14)


LSU is going for its 71st consecutive win against a Louisiana school in the Maravich Center. The streak dates back to Dec. 8, 1988.


LSU improved to 7-0 on the year by defeating Grambling State 87-41 on Dec. 13.


The Tigers are third in the SEC at scoring offense averaging 82 points a game.


The Tigers lead the conference and are No. 13 in the country at scoring defense holding their opponents to 55.6 points an outing.


LSU is No. 2 in the nation and tops in the SEC in scoring margin at 26.4 points a game.


Offensively, LSU is shooting 47.7 percent on the year.


Trent Johnson’s squad leads the country in field goal percentage defense limiting the opposition to 32.5 percent shooting from the field.


LSU has hit 50-of-118 attempts from 3-point range (42.8 percent) which is good enough for tops in the conference and eighth in the nation.


The Tigers lead the nation with an average rebound margin of 15.4 a game.


LSU is third in the country with 8.4 blocked shots a game. Chris Johnson is second in the SEC with 2.57 blocks a contest.


LSU averages 18.7 assists and turns it over 13.4 times a game. The 1.39 assist to turnover ration is tied with Florida for best in the SEC and 14th in the country.


Nicholls State defeated Dillard in its last outing, 87-45. The Colonels are on a five game winning streak.


Nicholls State is ninth in the Southland Conference in scoring at 71.2 points a game and the Colonels are second in scoring defense at 59.5 points a contest.


The Colonels lead the southland Conference in shooting at 51.6 percent, but they are fifth in 3-point shooting at 37.2 percent.


Opponents are averaging 44.5 percent from the field against Nicholls State’s defense.


Keeping LSU off the boards will be a tough task for the Colonels, who are dead last in the league in rebound margin at +.02. Nicholls State averages 29.6 rebounds a game, but holds its opponents to only 29.6.

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