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January 15, 2014

Hoops Gameday: LSU at Ole Miss

Andy Kennedy, Jan. 14, 2014
LSU at Ole Miss
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 8 p.m. CT
TV: CSS/ RADIO: Ole Miss Radio Network, OleMissSports.com, Sirius 136, XM 199
LSU Tigers (10-4, 1-1 SEC)
Streak: Won 1
Last Game: Defeated South Carolina, 71-68
F Johnny O'Bryant (Averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game; Cleveland, Miss., native) Jr. 6-9 256
F Jordan Mickey (Averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game; adding 3.5 blocks per game) Fr. 6-8 220
F Jerrell Martin ((Averaging 8.6 points per game; shooting 39 percent from 3-point line) Fr. 6-9 241
G Andre Stringer(Averaging 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game; Jackson, Miss., native) Sr. 5-10 190
G Anthony Hickey(Former Mr. Basketball in Kentucky averaging 8.6 points and 3.2 assists per game) Jr. 5-11 182

Ole Miss RebelsOle Miss Rebels (10-5, 1-1 SEC)
Streak: Lost 1
Last Game: Lost to Mississippi State, 76-72
F Aaron Jones (Averaging 6.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game; grabbed 9 rebounds at Mississippi State) Jr. 6-9 220
C Demarco Cox (Averaging 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game; saw minutes reduced in loss at Starkville) Jr. 6-8 276
G Marshall Henderson (Back after serving remainder of suspension last week; Averaging 18.8 points per game) Sr. 6-2 177
F Ladarius White (Averaging 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game; scored 16 points and added 3 rebounds and 3 assists at Mississippi State) Jr. 6-6 211
G Jarvis Summers(Averaging 17.9 points and 2.6 assists per game; scored 23 points at Mississippi State) Jr. 6-3 186

Handle LSU's length

When the Tigers go with O'Bryant, Mickey and Martin on their frontline, their long and athletic, more so than any team Ole Miss has seen so far, Rebels coach Andy Kennedy said Tuesday. That trio is a lot like Winnie the Pooh's friend, Tigger, in the Hundred Acre Wood: Bouncy troublemakers. Ole Miss has struggled on the glass this season, giving up far too many second- and third-chances. The Rebels can't do that against LSU and expect to win. Ole Miss forward Sebastian Saiz has faced Mickey in international play. He said Tuesday Mickey is athletic, quick, can jump, block shots and impact the rim but Saiz added that the Tigers' freshman is "weak," adding if the Rebels "put a body on him then that's going to be good for us."
Stay White hot

LaDarius White began to heat up last season when SEC play began. On cue, perhaps, the junior swingman played his best basketball of the season last week as league play arrived. White scored 16 points in the Rebels' loss at Mississippi State Saturday, leading a charge that saw Ole Miss build a five-point lead at one point late in the second half. Even with Henderson back, Ole Miss desperately needs White to continue to be aggressive, as he's shown in the past he can hurt opponents from the perimeter and with his dribble.
Right angles

Ole Miss was killed by dribble penetration in Starkville on Saturday. The Bulldogs destroyed Ole Miss' zone and spent the majority of the afternoon at the free throw line. Kennedy said the Rebels must recognize who LSU's drivers are, give effort and take better angles on defense. "A lot of times we've put the necessary effort in to putting ourselves in the right position and then we don't take the right angles," Kennedy said. "That's something we have to keep working on."

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the importance of winning at home in SEC play:

"It's vital if we have any aspirations of playing significant basketball in March. It's vital. This group hasn't done a very good job of it to this point. Hopefully that will improve."
LSU coach Johnny Jones on defending Ole Miss' guards, especially Marshall Henderson:

"Well, you have to try to help. If Henderson comes off of screens clean or if he gets a peek or a look at the basket, he has the ability to rise up over the defender and get a good shot. As a defender and a defensive basketball team, you have to make sure that you're in a help position. You have to hedge, and you have to try and pick your poison to what you want to give up. You have to make sure that you get to Henderson and make sure that he's taking tough, contested shots - not just clean looks at the basket. Then, that's going to give some of those other guys some freedom to make the next play."

LSU 75-74

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