LSU at Mississippi State: Official Game Thread


Minutes away from tonight’s big SEC Western Division showdown. Heck, it’s a big SEC showdown, period. Winner lays claim to the league’s best overall record. LSU (19-4, 7-1 SEC) beat MSU (16-7, 6-2) on Jan. 21 in Baton Rouge, 81-57. Humphrey Coliseum still filling up right now, but the students have turned out big.

Here is my preview of today’s game, and here are the basics:

TV: None.
XM: Channel 201.
Series: LSU leads 102-92.
Last meeting: LSU, 81-57 on Jan. 21 in Baton Rouge.
Coaches: LSU – Trent Johnson (178-125, 10th year; 19-4, first year at LSU). MSU – Rick Stansbury (224-122, 11th year).
Notes: State G Barry Stewart is 11 points shy of 1,000 career points. … MSU set a school record by making 16 shots from 3-point range in Saturday’s 86-77 win over Arkansas. … LSU out-rebounded MSU 44-24 last meeting. … LSU leads the SEC in scoring defense (62.9 ppg).

Probable starters
LSU (19-4, 7-1 SEC)

G – Marcus Thornton    6-4    Sr.    20.0 ppg
G – Bo Spencer    6-1    So.    11.5 ppg
G – Garrett Temple    6-6    Sr.    6.9 ppg
C – Chris Johnson    6-11    Sr.    8.4 ppg
F – Tasmin Mitchell    6-7    Jr.    15.6 ppg
Top reserves: G Terry Martin, F Quentin Thornton, G Chris Bass.

Mississippi State (16-7, 6-2 SEC)
C – Jarvis Varnado    6-9    Jr.    12.3 ppg
G – Phil Turner    6-3    So.    8.4 ppg
G – Dee Bost    6-2    Fr.    10.5 ppg
G – Barry Stewart    6-3    Jr.    11.1 ppg
G – Ravern Johnson    6-7    So.    12.4 ppg
Top reserves: F Romero Osby, G Twany Beckham, F Brian Johnson.


106 Responses to “LSU at Mississippi State: Official Game Thread”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    Barry Stewart is guarding Marcus Thornton, while Phil Turner is checking Tasmin Mitchell. LSU leads 7-4 at 15:40/1st half.

  2. darkcooger Says:

    Too bad this game isn’t televised. Anyway, looking at the early stats, we’re hanging with them on rebounds and beating them on offensive boards.

  3. darkcooger Says:

    In fact, looks like we’re beating them in EVERY statistic except scoring. Alas, that one matters, too. 😛

  4. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado’s going right at Johnson, has 6 points. MSU up 13-12 at 11:44/1st half.

  5. darkcooger Says:

    How are they looking, Brad? They’ve had a tendency to make some sloppy, dangerous passes, but judging from the turnover numbers, it seems like either they’ve tightened up or LSU isn’t capitalizing.

  6. midnightdawg Says:


  7. midnightdawg Says:

    Kodi must be going to class, doing his homework, yes sir no sir, etc. Sure your on it BL, but can’t wait to hear the answer to the ? of why Kodi is playing again, and so early in a huge game

  8. Brad Locke Says:

    Phil Turner can jump, but he blew that dunk. Bulldogs looking a bit ragged offensively, trail 25-18 at 6:59/1st half. LSU on a 9-0 run.

  9. darkcooger Says:

    We just need to keep it close. We’ve been a second-half team lately. Maybe that’ll keep up. Anybody know how LSU tends to fare in the second half?

  10. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado on the bench with two fouls, but Brian Johnson doing a good job in his stead, scoring three points after JV sat. LSU leads 27-23 at 3:46/1st half.

  11. Brad Locke Says:

    Johnson has 7 points total to lead MSU.

  12. darkcooger Says:

    Well that didn’t take long. lol

  13. dc31 Says:

    Can anybody guard Tasmin Mitchell? Go to that box and 1 or something

  14. Brad Locke Says:

    At the half, LSU leads MSU 31-26. State is just 2-for-8 from 3-point range; the Bulldogs average 21.3 attempts per game. LSU’s done a nice job guarding the perimeter without giving up too much inside. On the upside for State, Marcus Thornton only has 6 points. Tasmin Mitchell leads the Tigers with 15.

    For MSU, Brian Johnson has 7, and Jarvis Varnado 6. Eight different Bulldogs have scored.

  15. darkcooger Says:

    Offensive rebounding is bad on both sides, but we do have a slight edge there. Still looks like we’re playing better statistically, so we’re just a heartbeat away from beating their pants off.

  16. msudawginbama Says:

    Keep it close dogs. Heat it up in the 2nd!

  17. dc31 Says:

    5 pt swing on that missed dunk by turner, second one he’s missed in last two games (layup)

  18. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado comes out strong, scoring 7 of State’s first 9 points, although he he picked up his third foul. He’s still in, and LSU leads 40-35 with Dee Bost going to the line for two shots at 15:32/2nd half.

  19. Brad Locke Says:

    At 11:32/2nd half, LSU leads 48-46. LSU point guard Bo Spencer left moments ago with a left leg injury. He was helped off, putting no pressure on that leg. Dee Bost just missed a 3-pointer that would’ve given State its first lead since 16-14.

  20. msudawginbama Says:

    Keep it rollin dogs…

  21. darkcooger Says:

    Very unexpected that we’re getting smoked on the 3. We’re supposed to be the 3 team. Just imagine what this game would be like if we could get the 3s to go.

  22. Brad Locke Says:

    At 7:40, the intensity is picking up, and LSU leads 59-56. Varnado has 19 points for State, Mitchell has 25 for LSU.

  23. midnightdawg Says:

    B.J. has stepped it it up last few games. His (or any other big not named Swat) consistency is the key to us winning ballgames. Can’t hit 10+ 3’s every night.

  24. Brad Locke Says:

    Tiger are doing excellent job of coolly answering every Bulldog push. It’s 65-63 with 3:56 to go. Stewart on the bench with 4 fouls.

  25. goldendawg Says:

    What is swat’s career high for points?

  26. Brad Locke Says:

    Varnado has 24 tonight, which ties his career high.

  27. midnightdawg Says:

    Swat’s ft shooting is impressive! Reveals lots of hard work in, before, and after practice!

  28. midnightdawg Says:


  29. Brad Locke Says:

    With :42.1 to go, we’re tied 69-69.

  30. goldendawg Says:

    He is playing incredibly well… We need to pull this one out for him. I’d hate to see that effort go to waste

  31. midnightdawg Says:

    some exec at raycom just got fired. maybe he can make it to an Obama rally……….:)

  32. darkcooger Says:

    What a nail biter…

  33. goldendawg Says:

    I think hell is going to involve having to watch a close game on gametracker

  34. darkcooger Says:

    No kidding, goldendawg.

  35. midnightdawg Says:

    9-11 ft shooting for Varnardo. Even after that last miss, still impressed! Mike Shanahan called that timeout inbetween to ice him…..

  36. imabulldog Says:

    Free basketball for everyone! Let’s go dawgs!

  37. Brad Locke Says:

    Well, Varnado had a chance to put MSU ahead at the line, but we’re going to OT tied at 72. Big men Chris Johnson and Quinton Thornton have fouled out for LSU.

  38. thingreenline Says:

    What’s the score?

  39. thingreenline Says:


  40. dadawg Says:

    What’s up with game tracker???

  41. imabulldog Says:

    gotta guard the 3

  42. Brad Locke Says:

    MSU finally ahead ahead, 74-72.

  43. darkcooger Says:

    What was the T for?

  44. msudawginbama Says:

    WTF?! Espn is saying state got a tech @ the end of regulation?

  45. Brad Locke Says:

    That was 74-73, my bad. Varnado just fouled out with 31 points, LSU up 75-74.

  46. midnightdawg Says:

    GREAT game SWAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. darkcooger Says:

    Still think players should be given an extra foul in overtime…

  48. Brad Locke Says:

    Stans arguing a call was the tech. Despite the fans’ vehement protests, the officiating isn’t bad. Just good LSU defense.

  49. imabulldog Says:

    Sounds like the Refs are getting stuff thrown at em if we lose

  50. Brad Locke Says:

    Won’t be the refs’ fault if State loses. Be their poor shooting’s fault.

  51. imabulldog Says:

    Well Jack disagrees…advantage> Jack 🙂

  52. midnightdawg Says:

    I dunno BL. You’re there, I’m just listening. But if Jack is complaining he’s got a legitimate gripe somewhere

  53. goldendawg Says:

    why is barry still shooting?

  54. darkcooger Says:

    Yeah, Jack’s never been one to complain if the officiating was good. However, that’s two pairs of eyes at the game, and I have to agree that the Dawgs’ bad shooting is certainly a major factor – better shooting and this game would have been over already.

  55. midnightdawg Says:

    Won’t blame refs if we lose. Nor will the Bulldogs if my assumptions are right. MSU plays and accepts responsiblity to the end

  56. imabulldog Says:

    sounds like Mitchell has ran over about 20 dawgs tonight…

  57. Brad Locke Says:

    There have been some questionable calls, like the phantom foul on Osby, but not as many as the fans or Jack would have you believe. MSU has just missed three straight 3-pointers.

  58. Brad Locke Says:

    I think Stansbury just stomped on his glasses.

  59. goldendawg Says:

    Well LSU has had 19 fouls called on them since half time. So i would be skeptical to blame the refs for this one

  60. midnightdawg Says:


  61. Brad Locke Says:

    Two good shots at the end won’t fall for State, 82-82 as we head to second OT.

  62. darkcooger Says:

    Now the ESPN and MSU live stat trackers are different. What the heck is going on at the Hump? Argh!

  63. midnightdawg Says:

    hmmm, anybody hanging round the Raycom offices bout now?

  64. darkcooger Says:

    MSU live stats say 83-80 LSU. What the heck is wrong with this thing? 😛

  65. midnightdawg Says:

    dbl ot

  66. imabulldog Says:

    cancelled out last FT, lane violation

  67. imabulldog Says:

    Do people see why I was saying we need to focus on Mitchell now?

  68. carwwest Says:

    seriously, why is stewart still shooting at all?? 1 of 12!! good lord….

  69. carwwest Says:

    why is benock getting so many minutes??…

  70. leeearl Says:

    Any update?

    I’ve got 3:15 left 87-85 LSU…

  71. darkcooger Says:

    91-85 LSU, under 1:43 last I’ve got

  72. imabulldog Says:

    We are screwing the pooch, rushing shots!

  73. imabulldog Says:

    2 missed dunks, what the heck

  74. leeearl Says:

    Man…c’mon State!!!!!

  75. imabulldog Says:

    big steal, gotta get it here with LSU foulin out again

  76. darkcooger Says:

    When was the last time free throws kept us IN a game? Seriously, WTF?

  77. Brad Locke Says:

    Four Tigers have fouled out, but they lead 93-89 with 1:13 to go. Bailey has another FT coming.

  78. midnightdawg Says:

    got two more ot’s left in me. reminds me of yesteryear vs om in 4 ot’s……….. knock it down EB!

  79. midnightdawg Says:


  80. leeearl Says:

    93-90 LSU 1:13…what I got….Go State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  81. darkcooger Says:

    Brad, it’s kind of sad that a major university and ESPN can’t provide as fast and relevant information as your blog. That, or you should be really proud of what this blog delivers.

  82. leeearl Says:

    I agree…

  83. Brad Locke Says:

    Was tied at 93-all, but Tasmin Mitchell strikes again. Now it’s 97-94 LSU with :12.0 left. Gotta foul quick.

  84. imabulldog Says:

    nevermind, suckin i up

  85. leeearl Says:

    Man, c’mon State!!!!!!!

  86. midnightdawg Says:

    How does Swat look on bench? S.D’s LT or supportive?

  87. leeearl Says:

    96-94 LSU 12 secs? or is it over…?

  88. Brad Locke Says:

    That’s it. Bass tried to help the Dogs, but Turner’s 3 falls shy.

  89. leeearl Says:

    over with PT missin’ huh…

  90. carwwest Says:

    dang that is a hard loss!!….we really needed it….

  91. darkcooger Says:

    Bah! I blame MSU’s live stats page! I couldn’t cheer hard enough because I was never quite sure what was going on.

  92. imabulldog Says:

    We had every opportunity to win this game. Missed FT’s by LSU, the ball on last possessions, and we stunk it up. These are the best 2 teams in the SEC (Period).

  93. midnightdawg Says:

    Tough game, but proud of the Dawgs. The games left are even more important now. No time to get down

  94. darkcooger Says:

    Sorry ima, but MSU sucked hardcore from the floor tonight. 21 free throws kept us in the game, because the 31.5% overall and 21.1% 3 percentages certainly didn’t help.

  95. Brad Locke Says:

    Tasmin Mitchell: 41 points.

  96. darkcooger Says:

    Still, agree with midnight, proud of the Dawgs for sticking with it and keeping their heads in the game. Very good to see from a young team. And what a night from Swat! Wow!

  97. dc31 Says:


    Bost, Turner, Stewart (1-13), Johnson 1 layup, Benock


    Again, we will only go as far as Stewart takes us. He needs to just relax, stop pressing, and shoot the ball

  98. leeearl Says:

    Protect our home court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……Man, I’d love to just blow this board up with all kinds of f-bombs, but I’ll keep my composure…..really needed this game, but it goes back to losing to a lowly San Diego and Ole Miss on our home court, this loss wouldn’t have been so bad if we’d won those games….

  99. bigdraws Says:

    Relax. We’re supposed to be way down this year. Yet we’re still in the position we were in tonight. I’m proud of my boys.

  100. leeearl Says:

    I know, just had a bad day at work, so, it makes it worse…

  101. leeearl Says:

    I’ll tell ya for us to shoot that bad from the field and 3-pt, but light it up with free-throws….just to stay in this game is impressive…

    FG% 3pt% FT%

    LSU: 44.1% 47.6% 69.2%

    MSU: 31.2% 20.8% 78.8%

  102. darkcooger Says:

    What makes it sting so bad to me is that we all know what our Dawgs are capable of doing. Yeah, they’re doing better than expected, and that’s great, but they’re capable of even better than they’re doing. When our Dawgs are playing at 100%, I’d put them up against anybody in the country and expect them to have a fair shot at winning.

    The problem is that it’s so rare to see everything click. However! Tonight, we hung tough on rebounds and beat them on offensive boards, and that’s something that I, at least, have to give the Dawgs props for since that’s been my griping point all season. Way to go, Dawgs!

    (Also, the MSU live stats page *STILL* says there are 7 seconds left in the game. Apparently Phil Turner has still not missed that 3. We’re still in it! :P)

  103. mathistondawg Says:

    we got some really big games coming up too. I believe we will need to win the SEC tourney to go a-dancin now. Tough loss – real tough. ESPN is predicting only 4 SEC teams are going to the show – our RPI is going to drop, and it was already at 77, ole miss at 13-10 is ahead of us.

  104. dc31 Says:

    Actually, the RPI might stay the same or move up by playing LSU They’re in the 50s

  105. phantomdawg Says:

    I know we lost but that was one hard fought game. I feel good about the dogs & so should the Bulldog Nation

  106. thespear Says:

    A lot of things made this game what it was. First off, Im glad the guys found a new identity with an excellent inside game. Stans coached well until the last play…. HE LEFT A TIMEOUT ON THE BOARD….. Im the biggest Stans supporter you will find but he coulda burned that to and set up the final play rather than throwin up a prayer. Also I saw a passion in Jarvis Varnado that this is his team his court his game…. I hope we see more of this from him

    Jarvis would have outscored Mitchell if he hadnt fouled out on a crappy call…… And there were many bad calls to go around, but thats every game. Great effort and hope this team keeps playin at this high level


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