One of the reason's LSU Basketball used to be "awesome baby"
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One of the reason's LSU Basketball used to be "awesome baby"
Posted by ApexTiger on 12/23 at 9:12 am
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He brought excitement to floor everynight.

and #35 was the two time NCAA player of the year.

if we want the old magic back, we have to another great or 2 come through the program...

Love what JJ is doing thus far




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Posted by Tiger Ugly on 12/23 at 9:18 am to ApexTiger
The original awesome wer the late 70's and early 80's teams. '81 was the best team in LSU history hands down. And it took Dale awhile to get there. His first 5 years weren't exactly successful. His first year probably the best of those going 14-10, 9-9 with the Hustlers, but the next 4 prett mediocre to even bad.

I don't think you'll ever see it likes of the type of enthusiasm basketball conjured again. College hoops is a different game now and there's so much more to do these days for the general public, not to mention college baseball is so popular here now. It wasn't then and still isn't at most schools.

But it can certainly get better. It takes so much to get folks excited in that building now. The place just oozes with apathy and obligation....folks yawning and texting.



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Posted by c on z on 12/23 at 9:21 am to ApexTiger
What was disappointing though was that we never could get past the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament with Shaq.


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Posted by tiger81 on 12/23 at 9:24 am to c on z
If we win, they will come.


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Posted by teeMike on 12/23 at 9:24 am to ApexTiger
What's amazing is that some of Dale Brown's most accomplished teams were not those with the marquee players. HIs second final 4 after beating Kentucky and the final 8 when we lost to Indiana, were a group of role players who played very good defense. It was his most talented teams that never lived up to expectations in the tournament (excluding his 1st with Macklin, Cook, Martin, etc.)

What was sad though is how often Shaq was fouled. Granted, he couldn't shoot free throws, but that dude was hacked every game with no calls.



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Posted by Tiger Ugly on 12/23 at 9:25 am to c on z
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What was disappointing though was that we never could get past the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament with Shaq.


That was. I think we got screwed on the seed his last year and had to play Indiana in the second round as a 7. Of course a little underachievement during the regular season was part of that as well.

The Georgia Tech team we lost to his freshmen year was pertty darn good. Lethal Weapon 3 and went to the final four, the only team to give UNLV a game the whole tourney.

But the UCONN loss his Soph year was a pathetic performance vs. IMHO an inferior team. We were poorly prepared and shite the bed on that one.



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Posted by CajunBandit on 12/23 at 9:26 am to ApexTiger
Saw him a bunch if times and got to play with him once. Used to love seeing him block shots sending the ball to the back of the pmac.


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Posted by teeMike on 12/23 at 9:30 am to Tiger Ugly
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I don't think you'll ever see it likes of the type of enthusiasm basketball conjured again. College hoops is a different game now and there's so much more to do these days for the general public, not to mention college baseball is so popular here now. It wasn't then and still isn't at most schools.


I'm beginning to feel that way as well. With LSU being a "Football school" and the success that the program is having, it's going to to be extremely difficult to achieve a level of enthusiasm for hoops. I do think winning consistently might spark it some though.



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Posted by LaBR4 on 12/23 at 9:52 am to teeMike
saw this clip on the side..

this court was great..

1990 court design Purple everywhere midcourt SEC logo



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Posted by Tiger Ugly on 12/23 at 11:21 am to teeMike
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it's going to to be extremely difficult to achieve a level of enthusiasm for hoops. I do think winning consistently might spark it some though.


I think what is reasonable is that we can get a bigger core fan base with a re-newed enthusiasm. But I think to hope that it will ever to be close to what it was 30 years ago is a pipe dream.

The landscape is so different, and the win and they will come mantra is only half right. More will come yes, but as much as then....probably not even close. Heck we go 14-2 in the SEC in 2006 and had some pretty exciting players on that team and our best crowd of the year was 10K.



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Posted by victoire sécurisé on 12/23 at 11:32 am to Tiger Ugly
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had some pretty exciting players on that team and our best crowd of the year was 10K.


Expectations were extremely low that year. LSU was just off an embarrassing loss to UAB in the tourney and had lost Bass to the NBA. Tyrus Thomas came out of nowhere that year.




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Posted by victoire sécurisé on 12/23 at 11:33 am to Tiger Ugly
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winning consistently


requires paying players.

I think that Jones will get the job done for awhile.



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Posted by Tiger Ugly on 12/23 at 11:38 am to victoire sécurisé
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Expectations were extremely low that year. LSU was just off an embarrassing loss to UAB in the tourney and had lost Bass to the NBA. Tyrus Thomas came out of nowhere that year.


LSU had gone 11-5 in conference that previous year and had some studs coming back. Tyrus Thomas was a known commodity fairly early after that UCONN game. Still luke-warm attendance and enthusiasm.

Counter that with Dale who lost 6 times in the first round, including embarrassingly ugly losses with talented teams in '84 and '85. Folks still came in '86.

It just ain't the same these days and it's never going to get back to that level. Folks here are just biding their time until baseball.



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Posted by LockdownDefense on 12/23 at 2:41 pm to Tiger Ugly
I disagree. I loved the '81 squad, but I think the 90-91 squad is the most talented team ever to take the court in the PMAC. Neither squad won a title, but I have to give a talent edge to the latter 90-91 Tigers.


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Posted by El Hombre de Moleculoso on 12/23 at 2:46 pm to Tiger Ugly
We are going to have to be consistent for a few years and the crowds will build.


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Posted by saintsfan22 on 12/23 at 2:48 pm to victoire sécurisé
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had some pretty exciting players on that team and our best crowd of the year was 10K.
Expectations were extremely low that year. LSU was just off an embarrassing loss to UAB in the tourney and had lost Bass to the NBA. Tyrus Thomas came out of nowhere that year.


Expectations weren't low that year, they weren't Final 4 but anyone who paid attention was expecting a tourney team.



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Posted by makinskrilla on 12/23 at 3:10 pm to ApexTiger
I never get tired of seeing that montage. Maybe my favorite ever.

I have a feeling the LSU bball resurgence may be upon us.



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Posted by TimeAndTide on 12/23 at 3:14 pm to LockdownDefense
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I disagree. I loved the '81 squad, but I think the 90-91 squad is the most talented team ever to take the court in the PMAC. Neither squad won a title, but I have to give a talent edge to the latter 90-91 Tigers.


Oh, sure, that team was loaded with talent. But as a basketball team, there's no question that the '80-'81 team had it all.

It's also a bit unfair to say that they didn't meet expectations in the postseason. When your All-American breaks a finger on his shooting hand while clinching a Final Four berth, that's a pretty big hurdle to get over.



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Posted by biglego on 12/23 at 3:40 pm to ApexTiger
I think overall there's less excitement for the game of basketball around here. Everything is all about football and disposable income will be devoted to football. The Hornets don't draw either even when the team was playoff contender.


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Posted by basiletiger on 12/23 at 4:46 pm to biglego
Next year's squad will pack the P-MAC. With the recruiting class coming in and the players we have returning next year's team has a chance to win the SEC. Just my opinion. I've witnessed the PMAC rocking long after the 80's teams. Some of you forget that John Brady coached a team with Stromile Swift, Jabari Smith, and Torris Bright. Attendance was extremely high in that Sweet 16 year when those guys lost to Wisconsin in the Tourney. Stay on the wagon peeps. Wins bring crowds! Johnny Jones will get it done!


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