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Basketball Tigers Looking To Find Their Stroke

by Scooter Hobbs

On the surface, it doesn’t look like such a good spot for LSU tonight when the Tigers host Mississippi State at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. The Bulldogs (19-6, 6-4 SEC), still ranked No. 18 in the coaches poll, were also ranked in the AP poll until suffering through one of the SEC season’s real head-scratchers in an overtime home loss to lowly Georgia on Saturday. “We’re going to get their best shot and they’re going to be fit to be tied,” LSU head coach Trent Johnson said of the Bulldogs’ frame of mind. “They’ve got a 7- or 8-man rotation that’s as good as any in our league.” On the other hand, the Tigers (14-10, 4-6) have already avenged the two road losses where they’ve had another shot — against Arkansas and Alabama — with their only home SEC loss coming to No. 1-ranked Kentucky.

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