It took 35 minutes but with 5 minutes remaining in the second half of yesterday’s contest against Tennessee, LSU lead by the hard nose play of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, played like the team we knew they were capable of playing like all season long. In was play reminiscent of the 2006 final four club that appeared on the georgia dome floor less than a year ago. Big Baby was shut down in the first half but stepped when it mattered most scoring 7 of his 25 points in overtime and pulled down 15 rebounds, as LSU overcame one of the worst offensive charging calls I have ever seen to beat Tennessee 76-67 in the first round of the SEC tournament. It was another winning college basketball pick for Maddux Sports members in route to a 3-0 day for premium members This was a game the Tigers and Big Baby had circled for the last 3 weeks. LSU for the most part has been running through the motions trying to get healthy in late season conference play, knowing it is do or die as LSU must win the SEC conference tournament to be dancing.
Today the Tigers will get to square off against Ole Miss. The Rebels are coached by Andy Kennedy has done a tremendous job in his first season. So well in fact he has been recognized by being named the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year. Even though Mississippi is the 2nd seed in the SEC basketball tournament, the Rebels rank just seventh in the league in scoring offense and ninth in scoring defense. The oddsmakers and Maddux agree the Tigers are the more talented team as the bookmakers have installed LSU as a 3 point odds favorite. Mississippi is lead by a four-some of players (Clarence Sanders, Bam Doyne, Dwayne Curtis and Todd Abernethy) all averaging double digit points per game.
The rebels may be hungry, but the Tigers match up very well with Ole Miss. We gotta think LSU gets one more win today before their run comes to an end at the hands of the Gators on Saturday. Feel free to comment on the late SEC tournament game.