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Recap: Tigers Speed by Northwestern St, 88-74



Just a day after Northwestern State beat Auburn 111-92, LSU took control early and held on to beat a very good Northwestern State team. Andre Stringer scored his 1,000th career point and finished with a game high 21 points. O'Bryant was also able to score 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds.

Mickey and Hickey scored double digit points with 10 and 11 respectively. Jordan Mickey starts his college career with two consecutive double doubles after adding 13 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 assists. He currently leads the SEC in blocks with 5.5 per game.

Northwestern State was losing at halftime by nine, the same amount they were losing by to Auburn before they were able to score 72 second half points. However, against this Tiger team, they were only able to score 43 in the second half and fell short.

The Stats:

LSU had 27 offensive rebounds and 64 overall. They outrebounded the Demons by 24. Andre Stringer

LSU had only 15 assists and 22 turnovers. LSU had too many traveling calls and Johnny O'Bryant turned it over 6 times.

LSU only committed 14 fouls. A vast improvement from the UMASS game where they had 20 in the first half.

LSU made 16 of 26 free throws. Still not where they want to be. They are shooting 60.8% on the season, which is 293rd in the NCAA.

Quick Observations:

The centers looked vastly improved from the first game. Darcy Malone had 5 points in 5 minutes including a beautiful three pointer and a very nice post-up reverse layup. Odo had 7 points and 8 rebounds in 13 minutes and played very well for the Tigers.

Malik Morgan looks much better this season. He isn't settling for long jump shots and his driving to the basket has gotten him to the free throw line 9 times (7/9 from line) with only 6 FG attempts.

JOB and Mickey need to work on not traveling during post moves. The two players combined for 8 turnovers, most while in the post.

Anthony Hickey may not start, however, he is LSU's point guard. Quarterman still has some developing, but shows some promise with his athletic ability and vision.

For the second straight game, Coach Jones played walk-on Eddlestone in the first half.

Player Grades:

Johnny O'Bryant (B+) O'Bryant had 21 points and 14 rebounds, however, his 6 turnovers really hurt the Tigers. He had 4 fouls for the second time in two games. Have to love his two "Shaq" dunks.

Shavon Coleman (C) Coleman didn't have a particularly impressive game. He had 4 points on 2 of 10 shooting. He added 4 rebounds and 3 assists along with 3 turnovers.

Jordan Mickey (A-) Mickey really impressed with his second consecutive double double to begin his career. He had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks. He added 3 assists on 2 turnovers in 30 minutes of action. Love his ability to pass from the post.

Tim Quarterman (C-) Tim had a poor performance, but he showed promise defensively. He scored 1 point, had 1 rebound, and a steal in 11 minutes.

Andre Stringer (B+) Stringer scored 21 points for the second time this year, but it took him 20 shots to do it. He was very active pulling down 7 rebounds and had 2 steals and an assist. He made 4 three pointers on 11 attempts.

John Odo (B+) Odo had a very efficient outing dropping 7 points and grabbing 8 boards on NSU. He was 3 of 6 from the field and added a steal.

Shane Hammink (B) Hammink didn't score, but he was able to get 4 rebounds and add an assist in 8 minutes. He was aggressive defensively and played relatively good basketball without taking a shot.

Darcy Malone (B+) Malone made both shot attempts, including a three point shot scoring 5 points in 5 minutes of action. He did have a turnover in the post but showed patience in the post and some nice moves making a reverse layup.

Anthony Hickey (A) Hickey played lights out. He had 11 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and only 1 turnover. Although he came off the bench, he played 29 minutes and made 3 of 7 from three point range.

Malik Morgan (A-) Morgan looked much better on offense than a year ago. He drove to the basket hard and picked up 7 free throw attempts making 6. He had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. His defense also looked improved.


The Tigers host UNO Tuesday in the PMAC at 7:00 pm. Come check out the basketball Tigers in action.

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tigabait01 - 13 months ago
Only negative from game 1 was no one in the crowd understanding what they should do when seven nation army plays prior to introducing the starters.

C'mon man. Chant, not clap.
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S - 13 months ago
Yea

Tubby is there now. He will prob get them going in a couple years
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lsu2006 - 13 months ago
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Watching texas tech on espnu Game we should def win IMO

Didn't they win like 9 games last year?
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S - 13 months ago
Watching texas tech on espnu

Game we should def win IMO
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Britgirl - 13 months ago
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and if you do not know how to move your feet against a team that is not going to make the tournament you won't move your feet against a tournament team.


First, I think that UMass and NWs could well be tournament bound, or at the very least NIT.

Second, JJ has been emphasizing in practice about moving their feet and it doesn't come overnight to kids who have been used to using hands, arms etc. Some of our players have bad habits that might take a while to work out.
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Britgirl - 13 months ago
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Chaz Williams is one of the best PGs LSU will play all year and NSU runs the floor a ton, which leads to that. It's not like NSU was able to just drive at will though. If anything, I was very proud of the defense last night


I'm with you.
Early in the game I was thinking our guards were letting Williams through too easily.
But when I watched more carefully, Hickey was on Williams all the time, trying to get in front of him, trying to disrupt or steal. He succeeded a lot, but NSU's other offensive players set some great screens, and bumped Anthony off the ball, or blocked his lane. That's what happens when you play an experienced offense, especially ones that run like NSU, it's hard for an inexperienced team to get back that fast and get set.

I've seen them practice this, but it's not the same as playing a team you don't know.


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tgr4ever - 13 months ago
So you watched 1 game, and conclude that JJ sucks at coaching defense and FTs? Even though he had great FT shooting teams at UNT and was top 50 in defensive efficiency?
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DeathValleySatNite - 13 months ago
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I understand some of what you're trying to say, you just have some bad examples. LINK

Stringer has averaged over 70% at the line all four years (and is 78% this year).


Good link about Stringer's FT percentage. I must have confused his FT percentage with one of the other under 6 foot guards over the past several seasons (not Hickey).

Just concerns. All in all I think JJ is taking us to the next level (mid-tier) well but I am not sure that he can take us to the top tier.
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oauron - 13 months ago
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The opposing coach will tell his team to foul Stringer and put him on the line for three FT.


I understand some of what you're trying to say, you just have some bad examples. LINK

Stringer has averaged over 70% at the line all four years (and is 78% this year).
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lsu2006 - 13 months ago
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The opposing coach will tell his team to foul Stringer and put him on the line for three FT.
:lol:
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S - 13 months ago
i hated his man defensive principles. we also ran some of the worst 2-3 zone i've ever seen in my life. i remember when we went to italy and kicked all those italian stiff's asses during the summer and heard about the new pressure sets and halfcourt wrinkles we were working on only for trent ball to continue the upcoming season.
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DeathValleySatNite - 13 months ago
For all of those talking about the defense comments. All I am saying is defense is about moving your feet and denying your man the ball on the inside. Blocked shots and steals are about athletic ability. I did not see the UMASS game but the NW St. game was won on rebounds and rebounds are very important and are partly due to good coaching.

The FT shooting is the most concerning. If we need a three pointer late in the game, I believe it is going to be hard to achieve. The opposing coach will tell his team to foul Stringer and put him on the line for three FT.
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SouthOfSouth - 13 months ago
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Trent Johnson could coach defense but was apparently lazy or did not care when it came to recruiting.


Trent Johnson's team just slowed the game down. Doesn't necessarily mean good defense.

The two teams we have played play very fast, open games. Most people were impressed with our defense in the UMASS game and I think we played even better in the Northwestern St game.

I think saying our defense is bad is truly a mistake at this point.
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lsu2006 - 13 months ago
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60% last year and 60% this year and missing the front ends of one and ones.

Dude... TWO GAMES :casty:
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DeathValleySatNite - 13 months ago
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So you're saying he's purposefully ignoring it? He had great FT shooting teams at UNT.


I hope you are right, I just haven't seen it at LSU yet. 60% last year and 60% this year and missing the front ends of one and ones.
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oauron - 13 months ago
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Umass and Northwestern are both tournament teams, but that's beyond the point.



This. LSU will only play a maximum of 6 more tournament teams (Memphis/Ok. State, UK, UF, UT, Bama/Ole Miss as fringe teams).
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lsu2006 - 13 months ago
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Because the competition will be better and if you do not know how to move your feet against a team that is not going to make the tournament you won't move your feet against a tournament team.

Umass and Northwestern are both tournament teams with fast-paced and high-scoring offenses, but that's beyond the point.
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Defense is largely a skill that someone (coach) makes you do.

So, you're saying Johnny doesn't coach defense? I really don't understand. Our team is incredibly long and athletic and will only improve on the defensive end as they gel further. I love how we've played 2 games against quality opponents, yet you know for sure that none of our weaknesses will improve.
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DeathValleySatNite - 13 months ago
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Why do you not expect it to get much better? Just for the sake of being negative? We've played two games against two very strong offenses.


Because the competition will be better and if you do not know how to move your feet against a team that is not going to make the tournament you won't move your feet against a tournament team. Defense is largely a skill that someone (coach) makes you do. Trent Johnson could coach defense but was apparently lazy or did not care when it came to recruiting.

Don't get me wrong, the program is on the upswing and getting more competitive. I just like to see coaching to go along with talent. Another aspect of coaching is running some type of half court offense when the fast break is not there. We seem to have some trouble with running a half court offense.
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oauron - 13 months ago
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Poor FT shooting


So you're saying he's purposefully ignoring it? He had great FT shooting teams at UNT.

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a mediocre defense that seems to let people drive by them at times (this is still a watch in progress, but I expect it is not going to get much better


Chaz Williams is one of the best PGs LSU will play all year and NSU runs the floor a ton, which leads to that. It's not like NSU was able to just drive at will though. If anything, I was very proud of the defense last night. Not many teams are going to hold them under 75.
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S - 13 months ago
also, our uniforms rock
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