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Stefan Moody (Ole Miss), Guard
Junior guard Stefan Moody scored 25 points, including 16 in the first half, as Ole Miss took No. 1 Kentucky to overtime. Moody knocked down 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 8-of-13 from the field. He scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7(.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky. Moody is averaging 17.0 ppg and has hit 31-of-64 (.484) from 3-point range over his last nine games.
LaDarius White (Ole Miss), Guard
Senior guard LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points in the Rebels’ win over Coastal Carolina and is averaging 12.9 ppg over his last eight games. White scored 18 points off the bench in the Rebels’ win over No. 23 Creighton, including 16 in the second half to spur the Ole Miss comeback. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the half including 2-for-2 from 3, and knocked down both free throw attempts. Ole Miss trailed the Bluejays by six at the half before White spurred the Rebels’ comeback with a player efficiency rating of +21.
Jarvis Summers (Ole Miss), Guard
Senior guard Jarvis Summers recently passed Eric Laird and Ansu Sesay for 13th on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,435 career points. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.380) and sixth all time in assists (422). Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,435); assists (422); minutes played (3,329); and wins (75).
The LSU Tigers made a rally from nine down in the first overtime against Georgia to get it to a second overtime and eventually take the three-point decision to run LSU’s record at the Maravich Center this year to 9-0. Tim Quarterman, who was the NCAA.com national basketball player of the week, hit six treys and led the rally in overtime with 27 points. Jordan Mickey had 17 points and Josh Gray and Jalyn Patterson had 15 each.
It marked the first time that LSU has played back-to-back overtime games since December 2010 and the first time in SEC play second February 1984 when Lsu defeated Georgia and Tennessee in extra time.
Quarterman is averaging 12.7 points per game and is expected to come off the bench as he has for 12 games this year. Gray (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Keith Hornsby (12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg) will start at guards with Mickey (15.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg-2nd in the SEC), Jarell Martin (16.8 ppg-3rd in the SEC, 8.6 rpg) and John Odo (1.5 ppg, 1.4 rpg) expected to start again for LSU.