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Opening Tip: Southern Miss at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this season.

General Info

  • What: Southern Miss (5-5) at LSU (9-2)
  • When: 6 p.m. Monday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • All-time series: LSU leads 5-1
  • Last meeting: Southern Miss 88, LSU 84, OT (Biloxi, Mississippi, Dec. 18, 2004)
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host Savannah State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Starting Five

  • WELCOME BACK: LSU coach Johnny Jones said Sunday that point guard John Gray, who has missed two games because of a sprained right ankle, will likely return tonight. Jones said Gray, who’s averaging 11.1 points and 4.7 assists a game, should be a go after practicing Friday and Saturday.
  • SEEKING NO. 10: LSU, which is 9-2 for the third year in a row since Jones was hired prior to the 2012-13 season, can achieve its first 10-2 start under him with a win vs. USM. A victory would also extend LSU’s winning streak to seven games, which would be the longest since Jones took over.
  • MICKEY’S BLOCK PARTY: With 17 blocked shots in his last three games, LSU forward Jordan Mickey has 32 this season — six more than USM has as a team. Mickey had four vs. Sam Houston State (Dec. 13), seven at UAB (Dec. 18) and six against College of Charleston (Dec. 22).
  • HOT SHOTS: Six Tigers are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in the second half of their 11 games this season. The six with the hot hands are Mickey, Gray, Jarell Martin, Tim Quarterman, Brian Bridgewater and John Odo.
  • COMING ON: After going scoreless in five games of a six-game stretch earlier this season, the last time against UMass on Dec. 2, LSU freshman guard Jalyn Patterson has averaged 6.3 points per game with a career-high 11 points at UAB on Dec. 18. His average is now up to 3.3 points per outing.

Know Your Opponent

  • Southern Miss enters the matchup with LSU, which it hasn’t met since 2004, having lost two games in a row. The Golden Eagles are 5-1 at home and 0-4 on the road under first-year coach Doc Sadler. In its most recent outing on Dec. 21, USM dropped a 68-55 decision at Georgia State. Senior guard Chip Armelin, a Sulphur native who had 16 points with four 3-point baskets in the loss to Georgia State, is averaging 10.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Forward Matt Bingaya leads the team in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.1).

The Lineups

Southern Miss (5-5)

Probable Starters

  • G Rasham Suarez, 6-3, Jr., 7.6 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • G Chip Armelin, 6-4, Sr., 10.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
  • G Keljin Blevins, 6-4, Fr., 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
  • F Matt Bingaya, 6-5, So., 15.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg
  • F Jeremiah Eason, 6-7, Sr., 2.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Top reserves

  • F Norville Carey, 6-7, Jr., 8.4ppg, 4.9 rpg
  • G Kevin Holland, 6-1, Fr., 0.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg
  • G/F Davon Hayes, 6-6, So. 4.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg

LSU (9-2)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 10.9 ppg, 3.2 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 13.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 15.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg
  • C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 3.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 0.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg

LSU forward Martin earns share of LSWA award

About the time he was involved in a minor car accident Monday afternoon, LSU forward Jarell Martin was named a co-winner of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s player of the week award.

Martin, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Madison Prep, was honored along with Louisiana-Monroe forward Tylor Ongwae after they combined for three 25-point performances.

Martin, who wasn’t hurt in Monday’s fender bender, scored 25 points to rally his team to a 79-70 win at UAB on Thursday.

He was 10-of-15 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers, helping him to his ninth double-digit scoring game in 10 outings. He also had six rebounds and a steal.

Opening Tip: College of Charleston at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this season.

General Info

  • What: College of Charleston (5-6) at LSU (8-2)
  • When: 8 p.m. Monday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • All-time series: First meeting
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host Southern Miss on Monday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m.

Starting Five

  • MOVING ON UP: LSU forward Jordan Mickey tied his career high with seven blocked shots in a Thursday night win at UAB, which moved him into third on the school’s all-time list with 132 in just 43 career games. Mickey trails only Shaquille O’Neal (412) and Chris Johnson (176).
  • CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: College of Charleston sophomore guard Canyon Barry is the fifth son of Naismith Hall of Fame member Rick Barry, a star in the NBA and the old ABA. Canyon Barry scored 20 points in an 80-68 loss to Davidson on Saturday.
  • SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE: College of Charleston is holding opponents to 40.6 percent field-goal shooting this season, with the opponents making 245 of 603 attempts. LSU is connecting on 45.9 percent of its shots from the floor, hitting 50.2 percent in the second half.
  • HOME SWEET HOME: LSU coach Johnny Jones has put together a 32-6 record in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center since returning to his alma mater as head coach in 2012. Jones, whose team is 5-0 at home this season, is 19-1 against nonconference foes.
  • SEE YOU NEXT YEAR: Tonight’s game is the first between LSU and College of Charleston, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, on the basketball court. It’s the front end of a home-and-home series as LSU will play in Charleston, South Carolina, next December.

Know Your Opponent

  • With only two seniors among its top eight players, College of Charleston relies heavily on a pair of sophomore guards — Joe Chealey and Canyon Barry. Chealey, who averages 12.5 points a game, and Barry, who averages 12.1 per contest. College of Charleston, which went 14-18 and reached the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament last season, played UConn tough earlier this season before losing by eight points and lost by only nine at Texas A&M.

The Lineups

College of Charleston (5-6)

Probable Starters

  • G Joe Chealey, 6-3, So., 12.5 ppg, 3.2 apg
  • G Canyon Barry, 6-6, So., 12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg
  • G Anthony Stitt, 6-1, Sr., 9.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F Adjehi Baru, 6-9, Sr., 16.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg
  • F Evan Bailey, 6-6, Fr., 4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Top reserves

  • F Donovan Gilmore, 6-7, Fr., 7.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
  • F/C Glen Pierce Jr., 6-11, So., 1.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
  • F Terrance O’Donohue, 6-7, So., 1.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg

LSU (8-2)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.2 ppg, 3.5 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 15.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg
  • C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 3.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 0.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Opening Tip: LSU at UAB

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game.

 General Info

  • What: LSU (7-2) at UAB (4-6)
  • When: 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Where: Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
  • All-time series: LSU leads 2-1
  • Last meeting: LSU 86, UAB 63 (Baton Rouge, Dec. 21, 2013)
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
  • Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1380; KLWB-FM, 103.7
  • In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate
  • Up next: LSU will host College of Charleston on Monday at 8 p.m.

Starting Five

  • ON THE GLASS: LSU forward Jordan Mickey is coming off a career-high 15-rebound performance in a victory against Sam Houston State. Nine of those rebounds were on the offensive end, the first time an LSU player had that many since Malcolm White had nine against Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 18, 2010.
  • BACK ON THE ROAD: In its only other road game this season, LSU clipped then-No. 16 West Virginia 74-73, on Josh Gray’s driving layup with 7.4 seconds left on Dec. 4 in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Tigers are 9-17 on the road since Johnny Jones took over in 2012.
  • HEATING UP: In its last two outings, LSU is 13 of 28 on 3-point field-goal attempts and is now hitting on 31.1 percent (42 of 135) from beyond the arc for the season after sinking to the low 20s during its three-game trip to the Paradise Jam in late November.
  • TAKING ON THE SEC: Tonight’s game is the second matchup against a Southeastern Conference foe this season for UAB. The Blazers dropped a 56-47 decision to then-No. 16 Florida in The Bahamas on Nov. 27.
  • DEFENSE WINS: After limiting Sam Houston to 67 points in its most recent game Saturday night, LSU is now 34-6 under Johnny Jones when holding opponents below 70 points.

Know Your Opponent

  • UAB lost four starters who accounted for 43.4 points per game off last year’s team even though junior guard Robert Brown is back. Brown has has scored in double figures in six of 10 games and is averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game. The Blazers, who have two losses by four points or fewer, have one of the youngest teams in the nation with a combined seven years of Division I basketball experience on the roster.

The Lineups

LSU (7-2)

Probable Starters

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 16.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 15.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg
  • C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 2.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 2.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 3.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
  • F Aaron Epps, 6-9, Fr., 0.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg

UAB (4-6)

Probable Starters

  • G Denzell Watts, 6-2, So., 2.2 ppg, 1.8 apg
  • G Robert Brown, 6-5, Jr., 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
  • G Tyler Madison, 6-4, So., 9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F William Lee, 6-9, Fr., 3.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
  • F Tosin Mehinti, 6-9, So., 7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Hakeem Baxter, 6-2, So., 7.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
  • F C.J. Washington, 6-8, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • G Nick Norton, 5-10, Fr., 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg

LSU basketball team limping toward UAB game

The LSU basketball team is hurting as the Tigers prepare for their next game on Thursday night at UAB.

Point guard Josh Gray and guard Tim Quarterman, who has excelled as the Tigers’ sixth man this season, sat out Monday’s practice after being injured in Saturday night’s 76-67 win against Sam Houston State and their availability for Thursday’s game is unknown.

Gray injured his right ankle about three minutes into the second half and didn’t return as LSU won for the seventh time in nine games.

Coach Johnny Jones said Monday that Gray, who left the team’s practice facility Saturday night on crutches and wearing a black protective boot on his right foot, was being aggressively treated.

Quarterman suffered an undisclosed injury in the waning minutes of the game, Jones said before Tuesday’s practice.

“Both guys were treated. … Neither of them practiced (Monday),” Jones said. “They’ve gone through treatment.

“We had a visit as a team at Our Lady of the Lake to go the children’s ward, and neither of those guys were able to accompany us there because they were being treated. We will know a little bit more about both (Tuesday).”

Jones noted, however, that there was a chance Quarterman could be available for the UAB game.

Shaquille O’Neal ‘s son Shareef is a chip off the old block

The ability to block shots is there. So is the willingness to rebound, play defense and score.

But the rest is all hidden in the gangly potential that comes from being a growing, high school basketball player.

Shareef O’Neal may not have his father’s girth or ability to dominate games yet, but it is apparent that the 6-foot-7 freshman forward from Windward School Premier College Prep in Los Angeles, Calif. is definitely Shaquille O’Neal’s son all the way from his mannerisms to his movements.

MaxPreps.com videographer Heston Quan shot video of Shareef O’Neal playing for Windward in a game it won against El Segundo 88-38.

Click here to see the video.

LSU point guard Josh Gray injures ankle in win over Sam Houston

LSU junior point guard Josh Gray rolled his right ankle early in the second half of a 76-67 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday night and left the team’s practice facility on crutches.

Gray, who scored the game-winning basket in a 74-73 road upset of then-No. 16 West Virginia on Dec. 4, played only three minutes of the second half before coming down awkwardly on the ankle.

He took a seat on the bench and never returned as the Tigers, who trailed by as many as eight points in the first half before rallying to grab a 34-31 lead at intermission, held on for the win.

LSU coach Johnny Jones said the team has Sunday off and that Gray, who has averaged 11.1 points and 4.7 assists in nine games, will be evaluated Monday once the swelling in the ankle goes down.

Gray’s duties as the point guard were shared in the second half by sophomore Tim Quarterman, the team’s sixth man, and freshman Jalyn Patterson, who logged a career-high 24 minutes against Sam Houston.

Jones said Quarterman, who is averaging 11.8 points and 2.9 assists per game, would likely get the starting nod if Gray is sidelined for the Tigers’ next outing on Thursday night at UAB.

Patterson will be available as well because Quarterman plays the two-guard spot as well in relief of starter Keith Hornsby.

Opening Tip: Sam Houston State at LSU

Opening Tip will be posted about five hours before each game this season.

General Info

  • What: Sam Houston State (5-3) at LSU (6-2)
  • When: 6 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • All-time series: LSU leads 1-0
  • Last meeting: LSU 85, Sam Houston 67 (Dec. 18, 1999)
  • TV: SEC Network
  • 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 play UAB in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Starting Five

  • LIGHTING ’EM UP: In each of their six wins, LSU has shot better from the field in the second half than in the first half and has hit at least 50.0 percent of its shots in five of them (Texas Tech was the exception). All told, LSU is shooting 55.5 percent (101 of 182) in the second half of those six games.
  • LOOK AT US: With a 288-171 record and two NCAA tournament bids since 2000 (in 2003 and ’10) with a trip to the CollegeInsider.com tournament last season, Sam Houston State ranks second behind only Texas in victories by Division I teams in the entire state.
  • SCORERS ABOUND: In contrast to LSU, which lost about half of its scoring from a year ago, SHSU has seven players back who accounted for 52.4 percent of its 75.6 points. Guard Jabari Peters, the Southland Conference’s Newcomer of the Year, averaged 12.6 per game.
  • FAMILIAR FOES: While Sam Houston State and LSU are meeting on the basketball court for only the second time (LSU won the only other matchup in 1999), Tigers coach Johnny Jones faced Sam Houston four times — all when he was at North Texas — and is 3-1 against the Bearkats.
  • RALLY CATS: LSU is 3-1 this season when trailing at halftime. The Tigers came back to defeat Gardner-Webb (down one), Texas Tech (down 12) and West Virginia (down five) and lost to Old Dominion (down three).

Know Your Opponent

  • Sam Houston State visits the PMAC with a veteran-laden squad that posted a solid 24-11 mark a year ago. The Bearkats reached the Southland Conference tournament final for the fourth time, but eventually lost to Stephen F. Austin. Sam Houston, which has six upperclassmen among its top eight players, has already played two nailbiters on the road this season before falling by two points at UNLV and three at Texas A&M.

The Lineups

Sam Houston State (5-3)

Probable Starters

  • G Kaheem Ransom, 6-0, Sr., 11.3 ppg, 4.4 apg
  • G Jabari Peters, 6-3, Sr., 7.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • G Paul Baxter, 6-1, Jr., 7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
  • G DeMarcus Gatlin, 6-4, Sr., 10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
  • C Michael Holyfield, 6-11, Sr., 8.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Dakarai Henderson, 6-2, So., 9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
  • C Aurimas Majauskas, 6-8, So., 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • F Marcus Burwell, 6-5, Jr., 3.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg

LSU (6-2)

Probable Starters

  • G Josh Gray, 6-1, Jr., 12.0 ppg, 4.9 apg
  • G Keith Hornsby, 6-4, Jr., 12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • F Jordan Mickey, 6-8, So., 15.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg
  • F Jarell Martin, 6-10, So., 16.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg
  • C John Odo, 6-10, Sr., 3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg

Top reserves

  • G Tim Quarterman, 6-6, So., 11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg
  • G Jalyn Patterson, 6-1, Fr., 2.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg
  • F Brian Bridgewater, 6-5, So., 3.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg

LSU signee Ben Simmons has triple-double in Montverde win

LSU signee Ben Simmons, the nation’s top recruit, recorded a triple-double in a 78-64 victory for Montverde (Fla.) Academy over Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, California, on Friday night in a game televised by ESPN2.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons displayed his versatility with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the nation’s No. 1 team, according to MaxPreps, to its seventh win in as many outings this season.

Bishop O’Dowd (2-1) was ranked seventh by MaxPreps, but Montverde easily won the matchup of two of the nation’s top players as Simmons outdueled Bishop O’Dowd’s 6-10 center Ivan Rabb, who also scored 22 points.

Rabb is a consensus top-10 recruit who is viewed by some as the second-best player in the Class of 2015 behind Simmons, who signed his national letter of intent with LSU on Nov. 12.

Rabb is ranked fifth in the latest ESPN 100 list of recruits.

ESPNU will carry a replay of the game at 11 p.m. CST Friday.

‘Inside LSU Basketball’ show to debut Sunday night

“Inside LSU Basketball” with Tigers coach Johnny Jones will make its 2014-15 debut Sunday night on the LSU Sports Television Network.

The show makes its debut with Jones and the Tigers coming off impressive back-to-back wins over UMass and previously-undefeated and 16th-ranked West Virginia.

LSU (6-2) is on a three-game winning streak counting a victory last Saturday night over McNeese State.

The show will air for two weeks on Sunday and Dec. 14 before taking a break for Christmas and New Year’s and will return on Jan. 4 before the start of Southeastern Conference play.

The show can be seen in Baton Rouge (WBRZ-TV, 10:35 p.m. Sunday and Cox Cable 4, 9:30 p.m. Monday), in New Orleans (WWL-TV, 10:30 p.m. Sunday) and in Lafayette (KLAF-TV/KADN-TV, 11:30 p.m. Sunday).

The show can also be seen in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.