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Former LSU guard Anthony Hickey, whose scholarship was not renewed last spring by Tigers coach Johnny Jones, found a new home at Oklahoma State and is thankful for getting a second chance.

In an interview with the Oklahoma State student newspaper last week, Hickey blamed himself for most of the trouble he had during his three-year stay at LSU -- citing bad decisions he made and getting mixed up with “negative influences,” especially in his two seasons playing for Jones.

Putting his past behind him, Hickey has seemingly reinvented himself in leading OSU to a possible NCAA tournament berth -- where one national bracket projection recently had his new school facing his old school in a second-round matchup.

Hickey has averaged 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists running the point for OSU and has stayed mostly on the good side of coach Travis Ford until last Saturday when played 29 minutes, but didn’t start, against Texas Tech -- reportedly because he was kicked out of a practice by Ford.

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