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What: Ole Miss (19-9, 10-5 SEC) at LSU (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
All-time series: LSU leads 118-87
Last meeting: LSU 75, Ole Miss 71 (at Oxford, Miss., Jan. 14, 2015)
Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
Up next: LSU will host Tennessee at 6 p.m. Wednesday (SEC Network)
SHARPSHOOTING TIGERS: After hitting 57.8 percent of its shots from the floor in a 23-point win at Auburn on Tuesday night, LSU is up to third in the SEC in field-goal accuracy at 46.0 percent. The Tigers come in just behind Kentucky (47.0) and Vanderbilt (46.8).
MAKING THEM COUNT: LSU had only 11 turnovers in its 84-61 blowout of Auburn, helping the Tigers score a season-high 1.25 points per possession. Their previous best this season of 1.19 points per possession came in wins against Gardner-Webb and McNeese State.
LOGGING THE MINUTES: Four LSU players will get more than 1,000 minutes on the court this season. Keith Hornsby will be the first to do it as he needs 16 minutes against Ole Miss to reach 1,000, while Jarell Martin is 38 shy. Jordan Mickey (953) and Tim Quarterman (928) will also get there.
MARTIN PICKS IT UP: Since totaling 22 points and 11 rebounds at Tennessee and Texas A&M, Martin has come up big in must-win games against Florida and at Auburn. He’s chalked up two double-doubles with 53 points and 25 rebounds, while going 19-of-32 from the field.
KNOCKING THEM DOWN: LSU doesn’t want to get into a free-throw shooting contest with Ole Miss, which leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation in hitting 78.1 percent from the stripe. Stefan Moody has connected on 90.7 percent (117-of-129), which is good for sixth in the nation.
Know Your Opponent
Since starting SEC play with a 2-3 record, which included a 75-71 loss to LSU back on Jan. 14 in Oxford, Ole Miss has been on a roll. The Rebels, led by steady guard play from Stefan Moody and Jarvis Summers, won six games in a row and eight of nine (with the only loss coming against Arkansas) before dropping a 76-72 decision to Georgia at home on Wednesday night. Moody, Summers and guard LaDarius White, who comes off the bench, combine for 39.9 points per game — more than half of Ole Miss’ 73.0 points per outing. The Rebels also have a strong presence down low in Dwight Coleby and M.J. Rhett, who both stand 6 feet, 9 inches. Rhett had 15 points and seven rebounds in the earlier loss to LSU, while Coleby chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Despite ranking fourth in the SEC with 73.0 points a game, Ole Miss is just ninth in field-goal percentage (43.0) and seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage (33.9).
Ole Miss (19-9, 10-5 SEC)
G Jarvis Summers, 6-3, Sr., 12.7 ppg, 4.7 apg
G Stefan Moody, 5-10, Jr., 16.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G Martavious Newby, 6-3, Jr., 3.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg
F Sebastian Saiz, 6-9, So., 7.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
F M.J. Rhett, 6-9, Sr., 6.8 ppf, 4.7 rpg
G Terence Smith, 6-4, Sr., 4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
C Dwight Coleby, 6-9, So., 5.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg
G LaDarius White, 6-6, Sr., 10.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg
LSU (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg
G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.5 ppg, 3.7 apg
F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg
F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 16.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg
G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 7.7 ppg, 4.2 apg
C Darcy Malone, 7-0, So., 1.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 2.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg