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Published: December 27, 2012, 05:42 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team after three-straight road games returns to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday night at 7 p.m. for a game with Houston Baptist.

Tickets for the game are available online at LSUtix.net and beginning at 6 p.m. at the upper concourse ticket windows at the Maravich Center. The game will be regionally televised by Cox Sports Television and the game will be broadcast on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and in Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.)

The Tigers took off following the 84-80 loss at Marquette last Saturday, gathering again on Wednesday night to begin preparations for the game with Houston Baptist. The Tigers are 7-2 with two non-conference games left, while Houston Baptist is 4-7.

LSU made a good statement for its ability to battle back from adversity when it came from 21 down in the first half on the road to take the lead against Marquette. Andre Stringer, who earned LSWA Player of the Week honors for his effort last week for LSU on the road, had 20 points in the Marquette game, hitting six treys. It marked the first time since Feb. 2009 that an LSU player has hit six treys in a single game.

Also Charles Carmouche had a double double with 15 points and 10 assists, the first double digit assist total in an individual game for an LSU player since Tack Minor had 10 twice in the 2004-05 season.

Coach Johnny Jones talked about the team's ability to fight back at Marquette and how the team needs to be able to finish the game when in that position.

"What we have to improve on is when we have to fight back like that to get ourselves in that position, how you finish games off. In all the games it's by possession. I think as we continue to mature as a team, and get better, and lessen the mistakes out there, some great things can happen. When you get to that point you have to understand how important each possession is, and making sure that we are able to execute on both ends, offensively and defensively. I thought if we could have gotten ahead four or five points, it could have maybe changed the whole complexity of the game," said Jones. 

Shavon Coleman off the bench continues to lead the Tigers in scoring average at 14.4 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, while Johnny O'Bryant III is at 13.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. Stringer is now at 12.2 points per game and hitting 41.4 percent from the arc (24-of-58).

Coach Jones announced that sophomore guard Anthony Hickey would not play in the contest because of a disciplinary situation.

"Anthony (Hickey) has a lot of improvement to do in a lot of areas," Jones said. "Not only on the floor but off as well. He has a lot of growth. We have to try and continue helping him develop not just on the floor but off the floor as well. For him to be able to help us on a consistent basis, it can't be one-dimensional. It can't be just about basketball. You have to be good off the floor as well. Because of that he won't be with us (Friday) as well. We've played 10 games, and he's been suspended two or three of them, and disciplined in another. He's going to have to at some point grow up. It's up to us to try to help him."

The Huskies, who are transitioning in the future to the Southland Conference, is coming off a 91-50 loss at Oregon on Dec. 22. The team has wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Maryland Eastern Shore, Dallas Christian and Arkansas Baptist. Forward Art Bernardi leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game and Tyler Russell averaged 11.4 points per contest for 22-year head coaching veteran Ron Cottrell.

The Houston Baptist game and the game against Bethune Cookman (Jan. 5) are the final two games prior to opening SEC play on Jan. 9 at Auburn.

"These are the last couple of games that we have the opportunity to really improve on some areas that I think is a must for us," the first-year LSU Coach said. "That's offensively in terms of our execution, our spacing and those things on the floor and defensively making sure our rotations and those things are done because conference play is right around the corner. We will spend a lot of time and attention to detail trying to make sure that we continue to improve in those areas."

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Here are the comments from Coach Jones at the media session on Thursday:

Opening Statement
"After having three straight road games, and having a few days off and having a little break, it was exciting to get back (Wednesday) night on the floor with the guys, and making sure that we start preparation for our game on Friday against Houston Baptist. I would like to think it was a much needed break for our basketball team. One, to allow some guys to heal up from injuries prior to getting into conference play in the new year. I thought it came at a really good time. I thought we gave a great effort in our last outing prior to the break at Marquette. I thought our guys played extremely hard. Unfortunately we probably didn't play as well as we needed to over a 40-minute period. But throughout the game and the runs our guys gave a great effort regardless of the score. They continued to play till the final horn. I'm excited about that. I look forward to moving forward starting (Friday against Houston Baptist)." 

On the team's injuries...
"Johnny (O'Bryant III) missed practice a little on yesterday because of a injury he sustained in the Marquette game. Other guys have little things that wouldn't cause them to miss games. They are just nagging injuries, be it fingers, ankles or knees or things of that nature that have prevented them from being 100 percent. We're hopeful that some of those things have had a chance to at least heal up and get better. We do understand over the course of the year that it's going to be difficult to be a 100 percent when you're playing as hard that these guys play. But we want them as close to that as they possibly can get. Anytime you have a few days off I think it helps."

On Johnny O'Bryant III's status...
"We are going to try to look at (O'Bryant III) (Thursday). I think he's going to have the opportunity to get on the floor a little bit (Thursday). That's something that we look forward to. We're just trying to see what he's able to give us, and if he's able to go full speed. If he's not, he may have to miss (Friday) if he's not capable to go full speed. We definitely want to make sure he's prepared and ready come conference play. I think he took a lick or got hit on Saturday (at Marquette), and was able to finish the game. After we were home things started to bother him a little bit more and they had to check him on (Wednesday)."           

On John Odo's status...
"(Odo) got in (Wednesday). We're hopeful that he will be available to practice with us (Thursday). This will be his first day on the floor with us. He had to go through the proper procedures with the doctors. He had to go through his physicals. Hopefully all those are cleared up, and we got all the information we need. We are hopeful he will be able to go."

On what John Odo can bring to the team...
"His ability to compete around the basket is something we'll see more of during the season. Because of his size he is a great shot blocker and a really strong rebounder inside so he'll make our post guys compete. That something we don't have on a daily basis, or we have enough guys to compete at a certain level. Because of the number of guards we have those guys are challenged everyday. When you add someone like John Odo, it's going to really help us. I think it's going to help Johnny (O'Bryant III) get better. At the same time Andrew (Del Piero) and all of them will get better because of his presence out there on the floor and what he's capable of doing."

On Andre Stringer's play...
"Andre (Stringer) has really been steady for us. His confidence is where it needs to be. A lot of times guys will have an off shooting night, and will start questioning themselves ... I was really pleased with him. He had good shots and good looks at the basket at Boise State, but shots didn't go down. He had the same looks at UC Irvine and shots went in for him. Then at Marquette he had good looks at the basket and shots ended up going down. He's playing extremely confident. He's obviously a part of the opposing team's scouting report. With that he is still able to score. He's doing it at a high rate. He's shooting a really good percentage, and that's really good for us."

On the team's resiliency after slow start at Marquette...
"We didn't get off to a great start. We understood that if we could stay the course we could make some runs as well. We were very fortunate that they didn't play as well through stretches of the game, and we were able to get back in it. We tied it up at about the 14-minute mark, and then actually going ahead at about the nine-minute mark. What we have to improve on is when we have to fight back like that to get ourselves in that position, how you finish games off. In all the games it's by possession. I think as we continue to mature as a team, and get better, and lessen the mistakes out there some great things can happen. When you get to that point you have to understand how important each possession is, and making sure that we are able to execute on both ends, offensively and defensively. I thought if we could have gotten ahead four or five points, it could have maybe changed the whole complexity of the game." 

On the non-conference schedule...
"These are the last couple of games that we have the opportunity to really improve on some areas that I think is a must for us. That's offensively in terms of our execution, our spacing and those things on the floor and defensively making sure our rotations and those things are done because conference play is right around the corner. We will spend a lot of time and attention to detail trying to make sure that we continue to improve in those areas. We won't have it all down prior to conference play, but we want to be as close as possible prior to our first game against Auburn. If not, once you get into conference play you will have an opportunity to be exposed even more because the caliber of our competition night in and night out. We've just got to get prepared and continue to grow in each practice and each game. I look at these last two games as not just fine-tuning, but we really utilize our non-conference schedule to prepare for our conference schedule. That's what we've been doing for these other two games. It won't be any different."

On the slow start on the road against Marquette...
"Anytime you go on the road you have to be a very mature basketball team. I think in both the Boise State game, and getting off to a bad start against Marquette is something that caused concern. It's an area that we will have to get better at. Good championship teams are capable of winning on the road. That's a sign that we will have to improve if we want to compete at a certain level in this league."

On Anthony Hickey's status...
"Anthony (Hickey) has a lot of improvement to do in a lot of areas. Not only on the floor but off as well. He has a lot of growth. We have to try and continue helping him develop not just on the floor but off the floor as well. For him to be able to help us on a consistent basis, it can't be one-dimensional. It can't be just about basketball. You have to be good off the floor as well. Because of that he won't be with us (Friday) as well. We've played 10 games, and he's been suspended two or three of them, and disciplined in another. He's going to have to at some point grow up. It's up to us to try to help him."

NOTES - Coach Jones (when asked specifically) termed this as "discipline" not a suspension.

Also note spelling of Odo is no "H" on the end. He is not eligible to play until the start of the 2013-14 season, but can practice.                                                          

 

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