Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Insider

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEC Insider

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer

TORRID TORRIS

When it's time to game-plan for LSU, the natural first thought would be finding a way to stop forward Ronald Dupree. After that, it probably would be forward Jamie Lloreda or guard Collis Temple III.

Those would all be wrong, at least according to Dupree, the Tigers' leading scorer (16.1 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (7.8 rpg).

The key to stopping the Tigers is stopping point guard Torris Bright.

"When Torris plays well, we usually win," Dupree said.

Here's why. Bright is only scoring 10.9 ppg, but he's averaging an SEC-best 6.38 apg and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly the best in the league. Entering last night's game against Centenary, Bright has 83 assists and only 25 turnovers, a ratio of plus-3.32, which is second in the SEC to Arkansas' Blake Eddins (plus-4.00).

Bright has committed three or fewer turnovers in 10 consecutive games, and he's committed one or no turnovers in five games this season. Last year he had 11 games with five or more turnovers, and 10 the year before that.

"You can't play much better than Torris is playing," LSU coach John Brady said.

SOFT KENTUCKY

The way to beat Kentucky starts inside, because the Wildcats have had problems this season stopping post players from scoring.

Four big men have recorded double doubles against the Wildcats -- North Carolina's Sean May (14 points, 10 rebounds), Indiana's Jeff Newton (24 points, 11 rebounds), Louisville's Ellis Myles (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Ohio's Brandon Hunter (18 points, 16 rebounds -- and Tennessee's Ron Slay had 22 points and six rebounds.

The problem, UK coach Tubby Smith said, is that the Wildcats' big men, especially Marquis Estill, aren't denying entry passes. They're waiting for the ball to get into the post before they play defense. …

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