Wednesday , Jan , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rebels and Tigers meet in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – The 16th-ranked LSU Tigers have the talent
in place for another run at the Final Four, and they are clearly favored in
tonight’s game against a talented yet inconsistent Ole Miss team.

On Saturday, Ole Miss managed to halt a three-game skid with a 74-72 victory
over a talented Arkansas squad. That win enabled the Rebels to move to 12-5
overall and 9-1 at home, but they are just 1-2 in league play and 1-4 in true
road games.

LSU is a stellar 10-1 at home, helping the squad earn a 12-4 overall record.
The Tigers have won five of their last six games overall, and after dropping
a 10-point decision to Alabama in the SEC opener, they rebounded for a 65-63
triumph over Auburn on Saturday.

LSU holds a 112-77 series lead over Ole Miss, including five straight wins over
the Rebels.

There are four double-digit scorers in the lineup for Ole Miss, and Bam Doyne
leads the club with 16.9 ppg. Clarence Sanders checks in with 15.4 ppg, and
Dwayne Curtis adds 13.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Rounding out the foursome is Todd
Abernethy with 10.7 ppg, and he has dished out 84 assists against only 27
turnovers. In the narrow win over Arkansas, Curtis dominated the paint to the
tune of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Sanders totaled 13 points, as did Abernethy
to go along with his six assists. Doyne netted 11 points for the Rebels, and
Kenny Williams provided further balance off the bench with 10 points.

LSU forward Glen Davis entered this season with a great deal of notoriety after
leading his Tigers to the Final Four last season, and the standout power
forward has been outstanding through the first 16 games of this season. Davis
is averaging 19.2 ppg on 51 percent shooting from the floor, and he is pulling
down 10.9 ppg as well. Tasmin Mitchell adds 14.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg to the lineup,
and Terry Martin is averaging 11.3 ppg through the eight games that he has
played. LSU is posting 72.2 ppg overall while limiting opponents to 58.2 ppg on
37.7 percent shooting from the field. The Tigers are outrebounding foes by 8.1
rpg, an obvious key to the team’s success. Martin poured in 23 points in the
victory over Auburn on Saturday, as he nailed 5-of-9 three-pointers in that
tilt. Mitchell added 12 points, while Davis finished with 11 points and 11