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Published: February 18, 2014, 12:05 PM (CT)
Updated: February 19, 2014, 01:56 PM (CT)
by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent), Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team hopes the home court advantage remains alive for another night as the Tiger host Mississippi State Wednesday night in a 7 p.m. game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Tickets for the game are available at www.LSUtix.net and beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the upper concourse windows of the Maravich Center. LSU Students are admitted free of charge with valid student ID and it will be Student Point Night for this game only. Three-point cards will be distributed and the acrobatic Bello Brothers will perform at halftime.

The game will be televised on SECTV with Dave Neal and Joe Dean Jr. on the following affiliates in Louisiana (Alexandria, KLAX-DT2; Baton Rouge, WBXH; Lafayette, KLAF; New Orleans, WNOL-DT2; Shreveport, KSHV).

The radio broadcast with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM, Baton Rouge; KSYL 970 AM, Alexandria; WBOX 92.9 FM, Bogalusa; KFNV 107.1 FM, Ferriday; KJIN 1490 AM/KCIL 96.7 FM, Houma; KJNA 102.7 FM, Jena; KLWB 103.7 FM, Lafayette; KXZZ 1580 AM, Lake Charles; KJAE 93.5 FM, Leesville; KMLB 540 AM, Monroe; KFRA 1390AM, Morgan City; KWLV 107.1 FM Natchitoches; WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM, New Orleans; KRUS 1490 AM, Ruston; KWKH 1130 AM, Shreveport; KTJZ 97.5 FM, Tallulah; WFCG 107.3 FM, Tylertown, MS; KVPI 1050 AM, Ville Platte).

LSU has won five straight home games at the Maravich Center since falling to Tennessee in the conference opener back on Jan. 7. LSU has won six conference games at home each of the last two seasons and will be looking to equal that mark on Wednesday. The Tigers, who lost both games on the road last week at Texas A&M and Arkansas, will be looking to up its 15-9 overall record and 6-6 in the SEC.

Mississippi State comes in off seven straight losses and a record of 13-12, 3-9 in the SEC after a 92-82 loss at Auburn.

“We’re looking forward to another week of tough basketball,” said LSU Coach Johnny Jones. “We have Mississippi State coming in on Wednesday. I know that it will be a tough battle. They’ve played in some very close basketball games against some very formidable opponents. They are certainly coming in here looking for an opportunity to play well. At the same time, we will certainly be looking to get back on the other side of winning as well on Wednesday. It will be a great battle

While LSU lost both of its games, they played much better overall, dominating on the inside to the tune of a plus-10 advantage on the boards at Arkansas and a +22 number inside the paint.

Johnny O’Bryant III went over the 1,000 career point mark, making him the 40th at LSU to top that number and the 21st to have both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He had 20 points and 16 rebounds as he leads a group of Tigers ready for the next game, especially at home.

“Absolutely – it’s always good to play at home,” Coach Jones said. “Regardless of what you’re going through or how games are being played, you always want to have an opportunity to play at home because of the success rate that we’ve had here. At the same time, we always look forward to all of the challenges. The good thing about this team is that I don’t think we’ve gone into a game this year feeling like we would have a setback. I always think we have a chance. Therefore, their attitudes are right going into the game.”

This will be the only meeting between the teams this year after LSU took both meetings a season ago.

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