On Tuesday night, the LSU men’s basketball team will try to win its third game in its last four outings. More importantly it is seeking to avenge last month’s 71-76 loss at Mississippi State. The Tigers have already repaid Arkansas and Alabama for road losses, is Mississippi State next?
Last meeting LSU was outplayed by Mississippi State. The Tigers were out-rebounded 46-26 and Moo State dominated the Tigers from the free throw line. LSU shot eight of 13 from the line, while State converted 23 of 31. LSU was dominated on the inside by Arnett Moultrie, who scored a game high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Moultrie not only dominated the offensive side, but also shut down Justin Hamilton. Hamilton struggled to score 11 points and grab six rebounds. Most of Hamilton’s points came from outside the paint and he only got to the free throw line once all game. With the emergence of Johnny O’Bryant, Hamilton should have a better game that the last one.
LSU was able to keep the game close thanks converting 11 of 21 three pointers. With under 1:50 left in the game, Mississippi State was leading 68-59. Anthony Hickey made three, three pointers to help close the lead to 71-74 with only: 10 second left. Unfortunately that was as close as LSU could get.
LSU needs to take a page out of Sunday night Grammy awards to secure a victory. What do I mean by this, let me tell you. Sunday night, Katy Perry and Niki Minaj gave us musical performance that left us asking “what just happened”. Being a fan of neither, their performances were crazy, psychotic and strange. It left me confused, befuddled and scared about what I just witnessed. That is what LSU needs to do against Mississippi State.
Let’s all be honest with ourselves. Everything that LSU is good at (which isn’t much), Mississippi State is better. Arnett Moultrie is more talented than any LSU center/forward. Rodney Hood (scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds last meeting) will be the best swing-man on the court and Dee Bost (9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assist last meeting) is one of the top point-guards in the conference. State’s bench is deeper and more talented than LSU. Finally, State is just the better team. They have more quality wins, and are better coached (not a direct jab at Trent Johnson, but it is true).
LSU play Tuesday night needs to make you question if you are watching basketball. Not being afraid to launch bad shots and being more aggressive than State. The way you beat Mississippi State is get them in a running game and jack up more shots than them. Georgia just defeated State by shooting 26 three pointers (they made 11) and not allowing State to play a half-court game. One thing I learned from the Alabama game is Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer are the fastest guys on the court. Allow them to play fast and try to create fast-break opportunities for Hamilton and O’Bryant, if nothing else it will wear down State’s interior and force them to use their bench more.
Sure this plan is crazy, but it just worked on Sunday. Georgia had no business beating State, and did it in Starkville (70-68 in OT) State is only 1-3 on the road in conference play, another advantage for LSU. If LSU can some how pull off the upset, they would only be one game out of fourth place in the SEC, and one step closer to post-season play.
Can someone please send the players the Grammy video of the two artist to give them motivation? It might be their only chance…The game tips-off at 8:00pm on ESPNU