Mitchell Set for Curtain Call Against Ole Miss; Listen Live
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Tigers and senior guard Darrel Mitchell make their last appearance for a game on the floor of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Saturday afternoon when the 21st-ranked and Southeastern Conference champion Tigers take on the Ole Miss Rebels at 3 p.m.
The game will be regionally televised by JP Sports and will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and in the "Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies" at LSUsports.net.
Tickets for the game are on sale for $14 and $5 for youth 12 and under. Those with a ticket stub from the noon baseball game at Alex Box Stadium will be admitted to the basketball game for $7.
Before the Tigers take care of business, prior to the game at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Tigers will take to the floor and honor the senior who has put his name all over the LSU record book. Darrel Mitchell of St. Martinville, will be joined on the floor by his parents and several relatives for the traditional pre-game video and presentation.
Mitchell enters the game as the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 247 and is fifth in career three-point percentage at 40.5 percent. He enters the game 15th in career scoring with 1,462 points and needs two points to go past Torris Bright into 14th place. He is fifth in career steals with 205; three shy of fourth place Derrick Taylor and seventh in career assists with 338. Finally, the iron man of this LSU team stands eighth in all-time minutes played at 3,593 and will move into seventh three-minutes into the game past Ethan Martin.
The Tigers are 21-7 and 13-2 in the SEC and clinched a share of the conference crown on Tuesday night at South Carolina, 64-61, and then won the outright crown the next night when Kentucky downed Eastern Division champion Tennessee. The Tigers won their ninth SEC title in program history (second most in the league behind Kentucky) and the first out right crown since 1985. For Coach John Brady it is his second SEC title, joining his 2000 championship.
Ole Miss comes into the game at 14-14 and 4-11 in the SEC West. The Rebels are still playing for seeding in the SEC Tournament that begins next week in Nashville and the Rebels could still finish as high as fourth in the division with a win over LSU.
LSU won the opening meeting between the two teams in Oxford on Jan. 28, 79-73, as the two Mitchells -- Darrel and Tasmin -- led the way. Darrel Mitchell scored 28 points, while Tasmin hit what was then his career high of 20 points.
Darrel Mitchell has not practiced since the South Carolina game nursing a bum ankle and elbow, but has told John Brady he wants to play and will play in this his final home game. Tyrus Thomas, the freshman star sidelined Tuesday after suffering a high ankle sprain in the win last Saturday over Kentucky, will not dress for the second consecutive game.
LSU will have off after this game until Friday when it will play a quarterfinal game at 6:30 p.m. CST in the SEC Tournament at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.