Ralston Turner didn’t play in the first meeting between LSU and Ole Miss, a 78-51 Rebels’ win in Baton Rouge.
He was averaging 13.2 points then, not likely he’d have made up the 27-point difference. Turner is back and will play Wednesday night at 8 in the rematch in Oxford.
LSU coach Trent Johnson says he doesn’t have his legs yet, but that hasn’t hurt the confidence of the freshman from Muscle Shoals, Ala. He had seven points against Mississippi State last Saturday, going 3 for 14 from the floor, 1 for 7 from 3-point range.
“They did everything but fall. My approach won’t change. The next game (Ole Miss) I expect to take the same shots. My confidence isn’t fazed,” Turner says.
LSU point guard Andre Stringer, a freshman from Jackson, feels like the Tigers have something to prove against Ole Miss.
“They brought it to us when they came here. They really got away form us. We’ve really got a chip on our shoulder about this game because we lost in front of our fans, and we lost at home. I really believe if we give 100 percent for two halves, we’ll be there in the end. I think we know what’s ahead of us. It’s just going to depend on whether we buckle down and do it.”
Another freshman, Matt Derenbecker, hurt Ole Miss with some early 3s in Round 1. He appears to be the odd man Turner coming back. Derenbecker played just eight minutes against MSU. He did not score and turned the ball over twice.