LSU's journey from first to worst in the SEC continues with the 73-63 loss to Ole Miss.
Combined with Georgia's win over Tennessee the same day, the loss to the Rebels leaves the Tigers as the only SEC team winless in conference play. LSU has lost all five of their league affairs, including three at home.
"This is frustration," Coach Trent Johnson said. "We have to find a way to win a game. I don't care who, when or where we play. We have to find a way to win the game."
It's not going to be easy.
With four road games among their next six outings, and the two at home against Tennessee and Kentucky in back-to-back affairs, the challenge gets bigger and bigger for the Tigers, who were 13-3 in the SEC a year ago.
The Tigers did put up more of a fight in the loss to the Rebels than the final 10-point margin might indicate.
It was a tie game with just over eight minutes remaining before the Rebels put together a little 8-2 run over the next two minutes to gain a little cushion.
It was never closer than four points over the final five minutes, but the final 10-point margin was the largest of the game for either team.
--LSU's lack of depth was never more evident than in the last two games when both F Tasmin Mitchell and G Bo Spencer played the entire 40 minutes in each game. Mitchell was averaging 38 minutes, Spencer 36.2 going into those two contests.
--F Tasmin Mitchell has had double-doubles in four of his last seven games and is only three rebounds short -- one in each game against Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida -- of having a seven-game streak. He had a season-high 38 points and 10 rebounds against Auburn, then came back with 16 points and 11 boards against Ole Miss.
ON THE SPOT: LSU is only 18-of-74 (24.3 percent) from 3-point range in its last five games after going 10-of-21 from behind the arc in its last win, an 83-60 rout of McNeese State. The Tigers were only a combined 10-of-37 in the two games at home against Auburn and Ole Miss.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's really frustrating. As a leader, I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve. I don't like to lose, but I have to suck it up. We just have to keep going and try to get a victory in every game." -- Senior F Tasmin Mitchell, after the loss to Ole Miss.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SEASON RECAP: The Tigers have won only once since the New Year began, a home win over McNeese State, and are off to an 0-5 start in SEC play following home losses to Auburn and Ole Miss. They have fallen below .500 at 9-10 overall.
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual starters -- F Tasmin Mitchell, F Storm Warren, F Dennis Harris, G Bo Spencer, G Chris Bass. Key subs -- F Garrett Green, F Eddie Ludwig, G/F Zach Kinsley, G Aaron Dotson.
Florida 72, LSU 58
Auburn 84, LSU 80
Ole Miss 73, LSU 63
at Alabama, Wednesday, Jan. 27
at Mississippi State, Saturday, Jan. 30
vs. Tennessee, Thursday, Feb. 4
vs. Kentucky, Saturday, Feb. 6
at Arkansas, Wednesday, Feb. 10
IN FOCUS: The Tigers already have lost once to Alabama, losing at home 66-49 in their SEC opener. They trailed by 15 points at halftime on the way to their worst league loss since a 26-point beating at Arkansas on Feb. 20, 2008.
--G Bo Spencer was 4-of-13 on 3-pointers against Ole Miss after missing all six of his long-range attempts against Auburn. He is only 8-of-33 on 3-pointers in SEC play.
--F Storm Warren has scored in double figures in his last two games (11 vs. Ole Miss, 17 vs. Auburn). His double-double against Auburn (17 points 11 rebounds) was his eighth of the season but his first since a 13-11 effort against Nicholls State back on Dec. 17.