BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's basketball team plays its final home game of the 2011-12 regular season Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center when the Tigers host the University of Tennessee at 8 p.m.
The game will be televised on CSS/COX4 and www.ESPN3.com live and on tape delay on Cox Sports Television following the New Orleans Hornets game (beginning at approximately 10 p.m.). The broadcast will also be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (New Country 100.7 FM The Tiger) and in the GeauxZone at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Tickets are available online at www.LSUtix.net and at the upper concourse ticket windows of the Maravich Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. Giveaways for the game include Shaquille O'Neal mini-bobble heads and rally towels.
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It will be "Greek Dat" night as $500 will be offered to one fraternity and one sorority with the highest attendance percentage of members and also there will be a Greek Dat Stomp Team performance at halftime.
LSU enters the game at 17-11, 7-7 in the SEC after losing at Ole Miss on Saturday to halt a four-game winning streak. Tennessee is a game ahead of LSU at 16-13 and 8-6 in the league after a win Saturday at South Carolina. LSU is presently sixth in the league standings while Tennessee is in a tie for fourth with Alabama, which plays host to Auburn on Wednesday.
Tennessee has been one of the hottest teams in the league with wins in six of their last seven games overall. The Vols under first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin have defeated nationally ranked Florida twice and has a win over a ranked UConn team earlier in the year.
"Tennessee is extremely, extremely physical," said LSU Coach Trent Johnson earlier this week. "Their mental and physical toughness has been very impressive throughout the year. Coach Martin has done an exceptional job, in my opinion, in terms of implementing his philosophy. That group has done an exceptional job buying in, in terms of where they were projected to finish, what they lost and everything he inherited. This will probably be as physical of a group we will play all year."
The Tigers, according to Coach Johnson in his Monday media session, will start the three seniors -- Bass, Warren and White - with Anthony Hickey, Andre Stringer or Ralston Turner. Stringer did not practice with flu-like symptoms on Monday but his status for the game was still probable.
Bass and Warren are both four-year lettermen and will be playing in their 119 career games. Bass has had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio for his entire career while Warren is one of just three players (with Shaquille O'Neal and Garrett Temple) to have career totals of 500 rebounds-100 blocks-100 steals.
White transferred to LSU after two years at Ole Miss and including a sit-out transfer year has been part of the program for three years. This will be the 58th game of his LSU career on Wednesday.
Tennessee has two double figure scorers in its probable starting lineup with Trae Golden, a sophomore guard averaging 13.3 points a game and 4.6 assists and junior forward Jeronne Maymon at 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds an outing.
The Tigers close the regular season on Saturday at Auburn in a 1 p.m. regional telecast on CBS.
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