LSU basketball vs. Ole Miss prediction, scouting report

LSU basketball vs. Ole Miss prediction, scouting report

No. 2 seed LSU will play No. 6 seed Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday (SEC Network, 8:30 p.m.) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Tigers (16-8) received a double-bye through the first two days of the tournament, while the Rebels (16-10) defeated No. 11 seed South Carolina, 76-59, in the late game Thursday.

LSU is a lock for the NCAA Tournament with a No. 28 position in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, while Ole Miss is on the tournament bubble with a 53 NET ranking.

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How LSU basketball can win

LSU guard Javonte Smart (1) celebrates a three-point basket against Mississippi during an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

By getting guard Cameron Thomas the ball. Thomas was the first freshman to lead the SEC in scoring (23.1 points per game) since Chris Jackson averaged an NCAA record 30.2 a game for the Tigers in the 1988-89 season. The Tigers defeated Ole Miss, 75-61, on Jan. 9 with Thomas scoring only four points in four minutes because he left the game with an ankle injury.

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