February 10, 2009

Stansbury talking LSU Tigers

Rick Stansbury and his Mississippi State squad found out three weeks ago just how talented and experienced LSU is this season.

The Tigers took the control of the Southeastern Conference Western Division away from the Bulldogs in an 81-57 win back on Jan. 21 and have continued to roll winning seven straight games inside the league.

"I think it is pretty obvious at this point in the season we are going to play the best team in the SEC," Stansbury said. "They are 7-1 and are no question the team to beat. Trent Johnson has done a great job even though he is a new coach. He inherited some experience but that doesn't always necessarily always mean success. He's done a terrific job mending these talents and mentalities together to have them at this point right now. They are the best team in this league and the team to beat right now."

Stansbury believes there are several reasons LSU holds the top record in the SEC.

"They are a balanced team, more so than anybody else in this league and why they are 7-1 and why they are the best team in this league," said Stansbury. "They have great experience to go along with that balance. They have three fifth-year seniors and a fourth-year junior plus two other seniors."

One of those seniors Stansbury says is the most effective guard in the league in Marcus Thornton. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is averaging 20 points, five rebounds and two assists per game and is second in the SEC in scoring behind Jodie Meeks of Kentucky.

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