The Rebels host the Tigers of Baton Rouge this morning after Ole Miss posted a devastating double overtime loss earlier in the week.
The Tigers are 7-0 in conference play, because they’re all really good, upstanding young men who chose LSU because of the programs they put together for the academic majors in which they were interested.
Will Wade simply out-hustles other coaches on the recruiting trail, and it’s good to see someone who works so hard and honestly rewarded by signing elite players. A lot of schools could take a lot of notes from him. I mean, the FBI certainly has a file of notes on him, so why not other coaches?
OK, so in all reality...this is going to be a tough match-up. The Rebels (10-10, 1-6 SEC) are reeling and have to face maybe the best team in the conference. They’ve lost double digit leads in multiple SEC games this season, so the team is certainly better than its record indicates, but LSU is a different beast.
The recipe for a win is continued consistent play from Khadim Sy, significant contributions from KJ Buffen and Blake Hinson, and Breein Tyree filling it up without loafing on defense. All of those are possible. They’re just not as probable as they need to be at this point in the season.
If you hurry, you can still get a few Bloody Mary’s in the ole system prior to tip-off. Trust me, you’re going to need them.
LSU boasts five players averaging 11 points per game (led by guard Skylar Mays at 16 points per game) or more while the team puts up more than 80 points per game. If you have bad short term memory, the Tigers dropped exactly 80 in the Pavilion just a couple weeks ago in a 80-76 win against Ole Miss — a game where Breein Tyree scored a career high 36.
This will be head coach Kermit Davis’ second chance to win his 500th career game, and boy, would it be memorable if it came at the hands of the undefeated conference leading LSU Tigers.
Line: Ole Miss -10.5
How to watch
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.
When: 11:00am CST
Online streaming: WatchESPN