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Behind the Boxscore: Mississippi State

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NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

LSU got back in the win column Wednesday night with a 94-80 win over a pesky Mississippi State team. But more importantly, Will Wade’s team got its glue guy back

16-11: Darius Days’ line

Javonte Smart might facilitate the offense and Cam Thomas might be the program’s most gifted scorer since Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, but Darius Days is the difference in LSU being a good team and a great one.

Coming off a nasty looking ankle injury against Texas Tech, Days did exactly what you’ve come to expect from him these past three years: spread the floor (four three-pointers) and crash the glass, leading the team with 11 rebounds.

3: LSU technical fouls

Stupid. Absolutely stupid. There’s no reason for one technical foul, let alone three.

20:00: The amount of time LSU led in the second half

Try as they might Mississippi State would never claim a lead in the second half. LSU answered every small run by the Bulldogs with a flurry of points themselves.

22: Number of LSU assists

climbs to the nearest mountain top



+8: Number of spots LSU jumped in the NET

Just keep winning. The Tigers jumped up eight spots for a win over a middling Mississippi State team; imagine what a win over No. 16 Tennessee would do for LSU’s resumé.