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2013-2014 Season Recap and Quick Look Forward

LSU's roller coaster season ended Monday night in Dallas when the Tigers were unable to hold on to a halftime lead against the Mustangs. LSU was able to secure their first 20 win season since 2009 and won their first post-season tournament game since that same year.

Still, this season was like making 10% in the stock market when the index was up 15%. Your overall portfolio is better than the year before, but not as good as you expected. Preseason, LSU was picked to finish between 3rd and 5th in the SEC. They ended up in a 3 way tie for 6th. Last season, LSU ended in a 2 way tie for 8th. There's some improvement, but not as much as expected.



Last year LSU finished the season with a 100 KenPom ranking. This season LSU has finished at 58th. Improvement, but not as much as hoped. The theme is obvious, there's not much you can look at and say "LSU is worse off in this category." Still, there is a disappointment hanging above Tiger fans.

LSU's offense averaged 1.04 points per possession in 2013 and 1.10 PPP in 2014. Their tempo was much more fun to watch. They increased their free throw percentage by over 4%, and their two point percentage by 2.5%. They averaged less turnovers per possession and had a better offensive rebound percentage. On defense, they moved up 120 spots in two point percentage defense. They blocked 14% of opponents two point shots compared to 9.7% last year. They even allowed 3% less offensive rebounds.

And while LSU is losing key players (Shavon Coleman, Andre Stringer, and possibly O'Bryant), the Tigers are bringing in some elite talent to join next season's squad. LSU will be bringing in JUCO transfer Josh Gray who led all JUCO players in scoring this season with 33.8 points per game, as well as UNC-A transfer Keith Hornsby where he was 2nd in the NCAA in free throw percentage hitting 99 of 107 (92.5%) during his sophomore campaign. He averaged 15 points per game and has been practicing with the team all year.



From the high school ranks, LSU adds some much needed depth to the front court when they bring in Aaron Epps and Elbert Robinson. Also making his way to the Tigers program is Jalyn Patterson the extremely successful PG at Montverde Academy in Florida.

Projected Roster:

PG
Anthony Hickey (SR)
Tim Quarterman (SO)
Jalyn Patterson (FR)

SG
Josh Gray (JR)
Keith Hornsby (JR)
Malik Morgan (JR)

SF
Jarell Martin (SO)
Shane Hammink (JR)
Brian Bridgewater (FR)

PF
Jordan Mickey (SO)
Aaron Epps (FR)

C
Elbert Robinson (FR)
Darcy Malone (SO)
John Odo (SR)

*NCAA Rules only allow 13 scholarship player's. However, I am not going to project attrition. It's not fair to the athlete's.*

LSU should hear about the intentions of Johnny O'Bryant in the coming week. He told media that he would not wait long to make his decision, and while Jordan Mickey hasn't made his intentions public, most believe he will be back for his sophomore season, including myself.

What better way to end another basketball season than to say it like it is; "There's always next year."
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Tom Bronco - 9 months ago
Coleman and Stringer had great senior seasons. Can't fault either of those two for effort and heart. JOB had a mixed season and we seemed to rise or fall on his shoulders way too much. I think with him gone we can have a more balanced team offense. I do think he has a shot at a pro career as he won't be double teamed in the pros and they almost never call walking. Defense will have to improve though.

We don't have the schedule or the final roster so no predictions for next year. I have also learned not to put too much faith in players who haven't proved themselves yet. Josh Gray comes in with a lot of hype but JC isn't the same as the SEC. The two freshmen big men will undoubtedly be rough and have a lot to learn. Perhaps Odo can play more and give us some solid minutes until they settle in. Mickey needs to get stronger, Martin needs a better jump shot and Hickey needs to drive and dish more often. I think Hornsby is the missing link and will have to come through for us to have a good season. We need solid steady play from him as he will be filling both Andre and Colman's shoes.

Looking back I don't think this team was lazy as much as they were all kind of laid back personalities. When they were excited and had the adrenaline going they were great. Almost like two different teams which is what made them so hard to watch at times. Never knew if you were going to get Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde.

Really need some team leadership that will get us fired up and keep us that way. Hope Gray or Hornsby can do that because Hickey is just not that way.
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
I think he did a good job motivating his first season as a HC. The '12-'13 team overachieved a little bit too. I don't think he forgot how to motivate.
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Tiger Ugly - 9 months ago
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but I have to wonder why Jones needs to be learning at this point in his career. He's been a college coach for nearly 30 years, and head coach of D-I programs for 14 years. He should already know how to coach x and o's, how to substitute, how to use timeouts, and how to motivate.


As down as the SEC is relative to other big time basketball conferences I do still think it's at a significantly different level than the Sun Belt where CJJ got most of his head coaching experience.

One example is that from everything I heard pre-season and read he fully expected Quarterman to have a much more significant impact early.

I think he counted on it. And it was a mis-evaluation.

This is a higher level. He has still much to learn at a head coach here.

I'm not sure how much the years as an assistant here helped in that regard either. It's a very different game now than then and much of his time here he wasn't the lead assistant making alot of the important decisions.

But one thing you would have thought he would have learned from Dale, motivation....seems to be the area he has the most to go in.
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tiger81 - 9 months ago
I really wish JOB would return...we'd have something to really get excited about. I think Mickey comes back for sure. I'll give Coach Jones a break due to our small guards...but he needs to show more X & O ability next year. We know he can recruit....
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
Yeah I feel like this team played hard. They just didn't always play smart. I'm not sure it was ever a laziness issue. Just my 2 cents.
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Mickey Goldmill - 9 months ago
Defense is so much about effort and it's just impossible to know if all that can be blamed on the head coach. He can try to motivate till he's blue in the face but the player has to do it himself.

Our guards are small, Mickey needs to add weight, and Jarell took time adjusting after his injury.
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
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He should already know how to coach x and o's

We'll never run an offense like John Beilein's Michigan offense. Jones allows more freedom, and I think we'll have to live with some sloppy play at times. It can still be a great style of play though, and I think it attracts recruits to LSU. Our defense was another story this season. Just too much inconsistency.
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SouthOfSouth - 9 months ago
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and head coach of D-I programs for 14 years. He should already know how to coach x and o's, how to substitute, how to use timeouts, and how to motivate.


I do think you coach differently when you are at a school with low expectations vs a school with high expectations. This is his first high expectations team. At UNT they were not expected to win all the time. He exceeded expectations at a poor program, but lets see if he can get a good program back to its high status.
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atltiger6487 - 9 months ago
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But that's past. Learn. Make the necessarry corrections.


Completely agree, but I have to wonder why Jones needs to be learning at this point in his career. He's been a college coach for nearly 30 years, and head coach of D-I programs for 14 years. He should already know how to coach x and o's, how to substitute, how to use timeouts, and how to motivate.

Sure, we all continue to learn throughout our careers, but this is basic stuff that any coach with a few years experience should know. It greatly concerns me that Jones seems lacking at this stage in his career.
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SouthOfSouth - 9 months ago
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I am worried about timely timeouts, substitution patterns especially during foul trouble, and overall defensive intensity in the regular sets.

Correct implementations of the above this year should have resulted in a tournament berth



I felt like later in the year CJJ's timeouts were better, but I agree for most of the year he likes to hang on to them far too long.

Substitutions were tough for him because he wasn't comfortable going more than 2 off the bench due to skill level. Im hoping once he has a squad of guys he think are ready to play he will be better. at UNT he always had one of the highest percentages of bench minutes played. He would like to run guys out and keep people fresh, but he has to have the personnel.

The biggest issue I had was defensive intensity. I think that is where the problem begins and ends. There are two ways to fix that; coaching staff gets these guys feeling the intensity, or a team leader exudes so much of this intensity that everyone follows suit. I am hoping that we get it from a player. We didn't have that big time natural, vocal leader this year and I think it hurt our intensity, especially away from home.

We need someone to step up next year, or coach Jones is going to need to start getting the guys excited himself. Without someone stepping into that role, Jones should have taken it upon himself. I think you saw it in the last two games that he became more vocal in getting his defensive intensity up. I'm hoping the 3/5 on the road to end the season was a step in the right direction for next year.

:geauxtigers: :geauxtigers:
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Tiger Ugly - 9 months ago
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Correct implementations of the above this year should have resulted in a tournament berth


I agree 100% Andrew. Playing to our level and capability this year IMHO would have resulted in us being in the tournament.

It would not have taken an overachievement.

But that's past. Learn. Make the necessarry corrections. Recruiting is the most important single element, but in and of itself it's not enough.

Johnny will get a more than fair chance. I'm pulling for them.

He can make us forget about this year, and I'd love to see all the sarcastic I told you so posts from the pumpers next year and beyond.

But he's got to look in the mirror a little and it's up to him.

Geaux Tigers!!
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TigerRagAndrew - 9 months ago
I am worried about timely timeouts, substitution patterns especially during foul trouble, and overall defensive intensity in the regular sets.

Correct implementations of the above this year should have resulted in a tournament berth
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Tiger Ugly - 9 months ago
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What better way to end another basketball season than to say it like it is; "There's always next year."


That pretty much sums it up for me SOS.

By any measure or rationalization, this year was a disappointement.

Doesn't mean there is no hope for the future, but for me this year dampens the optimism just a little.

But with talent comes hope and in the next two years at least, it seems the influx will continue.

One point I'd like to make is we cannot accept underachievement. When you do that complacency sets in.

It's O.K. to say let's give CJJ time. I can live with that. I will.

But there must be tangible progress we can see beyond recruiting. And there should be accountablility demanded by the fan base or else the status quo will continue as long as the recruiting is fine.

This year has raised legitimate concerns and red flags. CJJ has to address those and show he can answer them.

I'll be there supporting, but my kind is a dying breed. Apathy is a program killer and there ain't a whole lot of people left who care enough to hold us to a standard that will get the program to where I want it.

Keep the talent coming in, but don't stop there.
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S - 9 months ago
i can feel the love

#FreeElleshoe
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SouthOfSouth - 9 months ago
S,

your mixture of incredible LSU Hoops knowledge and unimaginable creativity make you the best Hoops posters here.

Sincerely,
Me
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S - 9 months ago
dont worry bro.

and yea, south killed it in that piece
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Mie2cents - 9 months ago
Great job SouthOfSouth. You are the man when it comes to posting about LSU Mens basketball. Keep doin' what you do for the sake of the ignorants so they can be educated on the subject..... myself included. :cheers:
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SouthOfSouth - 9 months ago
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with Bruce Hornsby's offspring playing for our team i'm going to expect even more of your wild imaginative shite next year, so you better bring your A game


Totally agree. I was able to put 30 song titles into my Keith Hornsby preview before the season. So many possibilities....

LINK
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Ignignot - 9 months ago
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in a way i am glad this season is done with.


me too

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S


with Bruce Hornsby's offspring playing for our team i'm going to expect even more of your wild imaginative shite next year, so you better bring your A game
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SouthOfSouth - 9 months ago
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Montverde Academy is in Florida, just North of Orlando


I knew that and I have no clue why I put Georgia... :lol:

thanks!
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