Gamecock Radio's Andy Demetra takes you "Inside the Chart" before tonight's match-up at LSU. Read the excerpt below and check out the full post here. Go Gamecocks!
Youth Gone Wild: Tonight's game pits the two wettest-behind-the-ears teams in the SEC. LSU has a league-low 1.02 average years of experience (326th NCAA). That makes South Carolina's 1.09 average years of experience (315th NCAA) look antediluvian by comparison. A remarkable 47% of LSU's scoring comes from freshmen.
Man to Stop: LSU's 5'9" freshman point guard (sound familiar?), Andre Stringer. A two-time Mississippi State Player of the Year, Stringer's range begins approximately at Mike The Tiger's cage. Trent Johnson declared in December that he's never coached a player with Stringer's blowtorch range. He also presents a tricky matchup, because he leads LSU in both three-pointers attempted and free throws attempted. Much like Bruce Ellington, LSU will occasionally slide Stringer to the 2-guard, and try to free him up for spot-up looks. Ellington will need to unleash his athleticism on Stringer, trail him relentlessly on screens, and force him to take tough angles when handling the ball.