Tigers meet Dores in tourney

The 17th-ranked LSU Fighting Tigers worked out for an hour and 10 minutes Thursday at Memorial Gymnasium on the Vanderbilt campus in preparation for their Friday night opening contest in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Tigers will meet Vanderbilt in the opening game of Friday's evening session at 6:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to be televised regionally by JP Sports and broadcast throughout Louisiana on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. As usual, the radio broadcast will be available in the "Geaux Zone powered by US Agencies" at LSUsports.net.

LSU worked out on the main floor of the gymnasium and forward Tyrus Thomas, continuing to get stronger and recover from the right high ankle sprain which caused him to miss the final week of the regular season, worked out for about 40 minutes in the auxiliary gymnasium floor attached to Memorial.

"We had a good workout," said Coach Brady of his team's final major prep for the game except for a morning shoot around Friday at the Gaylord. "The players were attentive and alert. We obviously didn't go long, but it was plenty and we appear ready to play and we are excited to open play.

"Tyrus Thomas remains day-to-day but I don't anticipate him playing Friday. We will the play the best we can. It's a positive that we have won a couple of games without him and are team at the end of practice pretty much said they were ready to go do it."

The Tigers are 22-7 overall and won the regular season conference title, the first out right title for the Tigers since 1985. It was the second won by Coach John Brady and the ninth overall in the history of the school, the second most conference titles won by any school in the SEC other than Kentucky.

LSU beat Vanderbilt, 77-66 back on Feb. 22 at Memorial Gymnasium.

LSU is overall 40-45 in the SEC Tournament, but 7-6 the last six years. LSU has also won its first game in the tournament five of the last six years and has played for the right to go to the championship game four times in the last six years. LSU last made the championship game at Rupp Arena in 1993 when the Tigers lost to Kentucky in the championship game.

Other than the Thomas injury, all the other players available for LSU took part in the practice with Darrel Mitchell moving better and better each day on his ankle he rolled in the Vandy game.

LSU is expected to start Darrel Mitchell (17.8 ppg, 4.7 apg) and Garrett Temple (4.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg) at guards, with Tasin Mitchell (11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Darnell Lazare (6.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Glen Davis (18.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg). Davis is second in the league in scoring and fifth in the league in rebounding.

Vanderbilt finished the regular season 16-11 and 7-9 in the league, the fourth seed in the SEC Eastern Division, while Auburn finished the year at 12-15 and 4-12 in the SEC Western Division, the fifth seed in the division.

LSU and Vandy will tip off the Friday night session at 6:30 p.m. on JP Sports and the LSU Sports Radio Network.

Vanderbilt is now 17-11, while Auburn finishes at 12-16 on the year.

Auburn led the game, 34-31, at the half but Vandy hit 11-of-22 three-pointers in the contest.

Derrick Byars had 21 to lead Vandy, while Shan Foster added 20 for the Commodores, who shot 51 percent from the floor for the game (25-of-49).

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