February 10, 2009

Johnson talking Mississippi State

LSU has every right to be confident coming into Wednesday night's showdown with Mississippi State.

The Tigers sit atop the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a 7-1 league record and handed MSU an 81-57 whipping in Baton Rouge three weeks ago.

But LSU head coach Trent Johnson is not ready to write off a win tomorrow night with the way the Bulldogs have been shooting from the outside as of late.

"Obviously, Mississippi State is the Western Division Champions and with the way they are shooting the ball we'd better be prepared to start guarding them as soon as they get off the bus," Johnson said.

The Bulldogs have made 30 treys in 56 attempts the past two games shooting a combined 53.5-percent from behind the arc in those games. State set a school record with 16 3-pointers in Saturday's comeback win over Arkansas.

"I think they are playing with a lot of confidence," Johnson said. "Anytime you can break your school record for three's in two games in a row, that's pretty impressive. That's a tough matchup for a lot of people across the country when you've got guys that are capable of going off. It's not like you can help off on one of these guys. You've got to be able to guard all five guys."

Johnson stated that there are several factor that have played into the Bulldogs success as of late.



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