SEC on CSS: LSU at Vanderbilt

SEC on CSS: LSU at Vanderbilt
February 8, 2012, 8:00 pm
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NASHVILLE -- Both LSU and Vanderbilt will be looking to alter streaks of some sort Wednesday as the two Southeastern Conference basketball programs clash at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN.

LSU (13-9, 3-5 SEC) hasn't won back-to-back games since a Thursday-Thursday stretch in late December when the Tigers beat North Texas and Grambling State. After handling Arkansas at home Saturday, LSU can get back onto a winning streak with a win on the road at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores have lost two straight, a road game at Arkansas on Jan. 31 and a Feb. 4 road game in Gainesville against the Gators. Vanderbilt (16-7, 5-3 SEC) hasn't lost three games in a row all season and will make an attempt to get back into the win column Wednesday.

Tip off is set for 9 p.m. ET on CSS with Matt Stewart handling the play-by-play and Daymeon Fishback working as the analyst.

What to Watch
Vanderbilt junior guard John Jenkins is leading all scorers in the SEC with a 19.7 point per game average over the entire season of play. Senior guard Jeffery Taylor is leading all conference scorers in SEC play with an 18.1 ppg average. With that kind of scoring from multiple players, it's easy to see why no other team in the SEC has hit more field goals than Vanderbilt.

Watch out if Vanderbilt is behind at halftime or late in the game. The Commodores are 0-2 in games this season when they have been behind at halftime and are 0-3 in games where they've trailed with five minutes to go. When the Commodores have trailed with two minutes remaining, the team in 0-5.

LSU ranks third in the SEC in defense while Vanderbilt ranks third in offense. Wednesday's game will be a classic competition between offensive and defensive strengths. When LSU holds teams to under 60 points, a feat the Tigers have accomplished 12 times this season, it is 11-1.

Watch the play of two freshman standouts for LSU. Point guard Anthony Hickey is the SEC leader with 2.3 steals per game, is sixth in assists per game and is third in assist to turnover ratio. Forward Johnny O'Bryant ranks sixth in offensive rebounding in the conference and is second among freshmen on the glass.

Quick Hits
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 59-48, dating back to the 1922-23 season. The Commodores have an even better winning percentage at home against LSU, with a 33-13 record at Memorial Gymnasium.

Vandy's John Jenkins has scored in double digits in 56 straight games.

Vanderbilt is the only team in the SEC with three 1,000-point scorers on its roster. Jeffrey Taylor entered the 1,000-point club last season while John Jenkins and Brad Tinsley are recent entries.

Vanderbilt is one of three teams in the nation that has hit at least one 3-pointer in every game since the inception of the 3-point line during the 1986-87 season. The Commodores have hit a three in 819 consecutive games.

Vandy's John Jenkins leads the nation with 3.9 three pointers made per game.

LSU freshman point guard Anthony Hickey is sixth in the SEC with a 4.0 assists per game average. He's also been shooting well in conference play. He's 37-for-74 (50 percent) in SEC play and is 15-for-34 from beyond the 3-point arc.

The projected starting lineup for the LSU Tigers features four underclassmen and no seniors.

LSU sophomore guard Ralston Turner is averaging nine points per game this season but scored a season-high 16 against Arkansas on Saturday.

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