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LSU enters the Old Spice Classic on a 3 game winnings streak. After a 92-90 loss at now 6-0 UMASS, LSU has looked good in their last 3 games winning by an average margin of 21.3 points per game. In their most recent game, LSU returned freshman star Jarell Martin after he sustained an injury just seconds into the first game.

Martin's absence was less noticeable with the emergence in 6'9" freshman Jordan Mickey. Mickey has emerged as LSU's shot blocking, rebound taking, dunk producing phenom who seems to always have an exciting play to motivate the team. Alongside the freshman, Johnny O'Bryant has continued where he left off last season with double doubles in 3 of the 4 games averaging 17.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest. However, LSU's leading scorer is senior guard Andre Stringer, averaging 18.3 points per game.

Now, LSU gets to play 3 games in four days against some stout competition. The Old Spice Classic has one of the best groups of teams of the early season tournaments.

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For the tournament LSU's projected starting lineup looks like this:

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Old Spice Classic Rankings (KenPom.com):

Oklahoma St (5-0): 1
Memphis (2-1): 20
LSU (3-1): 51
St. Joseph's (2-1): 64
Butler (4-0): 66
Purdue (5-0): 71
Washington St (2-2): 157
Siena (2-4): 253


Some Opponent Notes:

St. Joesph's (1st rd opponent)

*Has beat Vermont and Marist. Lost to Creighton by 4.

*Average 19 seconds per offensive possession 310th in NCAA.

*Shoot 42.9% from three pt range.

*Sr Guard Langston Galloway is from Baton Rouge. Leads team with 18.3PPG.

*Projected Starters:
#24 Chris Wilson (6'3" 210 Jr)
#10 Langston Galloway (6'2" 202 Sr)
#43 DeAndre Bembry (6'6" 200 Fr)
#13 Ronald Roberts (6'8" 225 Sr)
#45 Halil Kanacevic (6'8" 255 Sr)

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Memphis (Likely 2nd rd opponent)

*Lost to Oklahoma St by 21, but beat Austin Peay and Nicholls St.

*Average 12.6 seconds per offensive possession, 2nd fastest in nation.

*Average 12 steals per game.

*Play 10 players over 10 minutes per game.

*Projected Starters:
#55 Geron Johnson (6'3" 197 Sr)
#11 Michael Dixon (6'1" 200 Sr)
#1 Joe Jackson (6'1" 174 Sr)
#4 Austin Nichols (6'8" 212 Fr)
#2 Shaq Goodwin (6'9" 242 So)

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The Rest of the Field:

*Oklahoma St has been dominant and have scored over 90 points in all 5 of their games.

*Oklahoma St PG Marcus Smart will be a top 5 pick in next years NBA Draft.

*Butler shoots free throws under 60% as a team.

*Butler starts 2 Sr's, 2 Jr's and 1 So.

*Purdue's AJ Hammons averages 4.5 blocks per game, right behind Jordan Mickeys 4.8 per game.

*Washington St lost to TCU so you know they are terrible.



Prediction:

LSU goes 2-1 with win's over Saint Joseph's and Memphis. Lose to Oklahoma State in championship game.
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

Comments

30 Comments
Team played about as well as you can play in 1st half versus St. Joe!
Mickey and Martin both impressive freshmen!
Should be playing great ball by the end of the season. GEAUX TIGERS!!:dude:

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Reply32 months
Martin's jump shot :pimp:
32 months
South, you gonna start a game thread?

:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
Let's do this, fellas!!!

Cannot wait to watch this game tonight.

:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
I know folks in this thread have been discussing guys like Qualls, Brown, and Williams because they are all Louisiana guys in this tournament. But I've been doing some research, and I feel pretty comfortable that if you made a team of current Louisiana guys that went out of state for basketball (whether they had an offer or not from LSU) LSU would beat them. Not handily, it would be close, but they would lack quality front court depth and PG play. Dangerous on the wings though.

I may start a new thread one day about it. I do this every year for football and baseball, for my own personal satisfaction, but never actually post it. It's easy to see that football would wax the all-louisiana team. Baseball probably would as well.
32 months
GEAUX!!!!!!!!!
Reply32 months
TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!

my body is ready for tonight

st. joes hoes going down
32 months
Good luck in the tournament. Should be some fun matchups.
Reply32 months
:cheers:
32 months
Gameday :nana:


Been looking forward to this tournament for a very long time. Going 2-1 with a win over Memphis would do wonders for our weak OOC schedule. A sweep with a win over Okie State and Memphis would have me fapping... My body is ready


:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
quote:

A sweep with a win over Okie State and Memphis would have me fapping... My body is ready


Pants would be off. They'd either kick me out of the PMAC or banish me to the Roar Corps
32 months
I'm posting here because LSUzealot fussed at me.
Reply32 months
He has a point that ts annoyin that so many of our fans treat basketball like it doesn't exist. But with how dumb and annoying so many of our football and baseball fans are, I'm not sure its a bad thing. At least on this board. Still would like more people at the games.
32 months
Thanks again SOS.

Excited to see how we do in this tourney setting. This is a great opportunity for us. And I think very important down the line in establishing a good power rating because not many opportunities to do so in our OOC to help both our rating and that of the conference.
Reply32 months
I'm curious to see if we press a low tempo team like this in a tournament setting. If we had a day off before our next game I think we press them 20 minutes minimum. With the 3 games in 4 days we may not force tempo. We shall see.
32 months
I was looking at their team earlier and a couple things stood out. Obviously they like to slow the game down, but they only average 3 steals a game? And they get under 40 rebounds a game. I feel as though our athleticism can cause some real problems if we stay active and play smart.
Reply32 months
Tigers open as three point favorites over St. Joseph's. Interesting.
32 months
St. Joe's is also forcing opponent to turn it over less than 9 times a game as well. That's very low. We force around 15 a game. I expect to get 10+ shots compared to St. Joe's with turnovers and offensive rebounds.
32 months
I've got to think that without anyone starting for St joes that's taller than Mickey, that he is going to have a lot of blocks.
Reply32 months
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I've got to think that without anyone starting for St joes that's taller than Mickey, that he is going to have a lot of blocks.


They could play all 7'ers and Mickey would still manage 4 blocks...
32 months
:geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
My prediction is LSU destroys everybody, then coach drops a deuce at half court before exiting the arena. :geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
quote:

My prediction is LSU destroys everybody, then coach drops a deuce at half court before exiting the arena.
:rotflmao: this
32 months
Thanks for the preview SOS......

Oh and we winning this bitch :geauxtigers:
Reply32 months
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STICKY REQ
Reply32 months
I would imagine Langston Galloway has been looking foward to this for a long time.
32 months
Thanks South.

Here's a St. Joe write up for the game:

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Reply32 months
For Saint Joseph's Im really interested to see Halil Kanacevic. Anyone who can average over 9 rebounds and over 7 assists per game is intriguing to me... He plays post but is a passer. Will be interesting to see how LSU guards him.
32 months
Thanks for this South.
I agree with your prediction 2-1, lose in final.
Just hope we don't have any lapses, for long stretches.
Last season it seemed like so often we were ahead, got behind, and had to fight for our lives in the last 5 minutes.
We've done a bit of that this year. Mostly because we haven't quite gelled yet, with all the new guys. Hope they've got it together for this tournament.
When we press (not IF), I'd like to see Shavon out there again.
Our press could be devastating, especially with our ball hawk Hickey (3rd in nation for steals, SEVEN steals last game).
Excited to see what product we put on the floor!
Reply32 months
Interesting to note that both Saint Joseph's and Memphis are senior heavy. Hoping our young guys can deal with the 3 games in 4 days situation and play smart.
32 months
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