February 22, 2011

Stansbury talking Tigers

The last two times Mississippi State and LSU have met on the hardwood the games have been decided by only one point.

While the Bulldogs have won both of those contests, head coach Rick Stansbury is expecting another tough battle when the Tigers come to Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday night.

LSU has struggled of late losing 10 straight games since opening up SEC play at 2-0.

"I know it's an LSU team that's been in a lot of games and come up on the short end several times," Stansbury said. "They went on the road last week at Ole Miss and basically led Ole Miss most of that game and that's not easy to do. They are a very capable team, forget their win-loss record. They are capable of beating anybody and we know we'll have to be ready for this game here Wednesday."

LSU comes into the game shooting just 40.2-percent from the floor and averages only 62.4 points a game but Stansbury remains cautious of the skills they possess.

"They have had some trouble finishing games but they are very talented," Stansbury said. "They probably have more of a rhythm now than the first time we played them. Ralston Turner was just coming back and now he's been back. They've got the big boy (Storm Warren) back. He seems to be totally recovered from that Achilles problem. Those two guys are back full speed and are like everybody else, the more they play the better they get. They've came out on the wrong side of that score some but their team is playing and very capable of beating anybody."

The Tigers starting five consists of two freshman guards and a freshman wing along with two junior forwards. Turner is their leading scorer averaging 12.7 points an outing.

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