NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - LSU basketball's dramatic first week of SEC play produced an overtime road loss (74-67 to Missouri) and a double-overtime home win (87-84 over Georgia). The Tigers remain a work in progress, but coach Johnny Jones has seen positives in his team's chemistry.
"We certainly still have a long way to go," Jones said. "But I'm really happy with the guys that we have and how they compete and pull for each other and how they've made each other better."
Sophomore forward Jarell Martin added, "We're playing together well, and a lot of guys are contributing, so that's big. That's a plus on our end."
Martin leads LSU with close to 17 points per game, with Jordan Mickey averaging a double-double in points and rebounds (15.9 and 10.6), but it was fellow sophomore Tim Quarterman who saved the Tigers last weekend with a career-high 27 points in the win against Georgia.
"That's just going out there and helping my team win, just doing anything to help my team win," Quarterman said.
Junior guard Keith Hornsby added, "His confidence to take those shots that he did in the Georgia game, just shows us that we have yet another threat to finish games, close games like that. "
Up next, the Ole Miss Rebels (10-5, 1-1). The Tigers won just two SEC road games last season, and after stumbling at Missouri last week, they plan to take care of business in Oxford.
"You know we build off it, we go back and see the mistakes that we make," junior guard Josh Gray said. "Try to build off and learn from the mistakes that we made and carry the momentum into the next game."
Martin added, "Just want to go in and win this one, it's big for us and our team. Last year we struggled on the road at the beginning of the season, so we definitely need to go in and get this victory. It means a lot, and like you said get that monkey off our back."
LSU (12-3, 1-1) and Ole Miss tip their game off Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Oxford.