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Hoops Preview: Old Spice Classic (11/28-12/1)

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.




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







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)




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)





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.

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Harry Caray - 11 months ago
I'm posting here because LSUzealot fussed at me.
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massiveattack - 11 months ago
Interesting Fact About St. Joseph's Mascot

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The Hawk, which celebrated its golden anniversary in 2005-06, is best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its wings throughout every basketball game and representing the Saint Joseph's motto, "The Hawk Will Never Die."






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A few years ago, ESPN used a "flap-o-meter" on the national telecast of a Saint Joseph's game to estimate that the Hawk flaps its wings 3,500 times during a regulation game.

The Hawk is unique because it is one of the few mascots in the nation that travels to every game, and the student who holds the position gains a full scholarship. The student, who is selected through an interview process during the previous spring semester, also serves as a team manager for the men's basketball team and travels with the squad.




Kid earns his scholarship….thats a lot of flapping
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ProjectP2294 - 11 months ago
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.
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Signature - 11 months ago
I'd be ecstatic with 2-1.... That would put us on the map IMO


I haven't been this excited in a long time. I cannot wait for tomorrow. I have literally counted the days down all week.

If we go 3-0 I'm not wearing pants to the next game.
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joeytiger - 11 months ago
My prediction is LSU destroys everybody, then coach drops a deuce at half court before exiting the arena. :geauxtigers:
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BigEdLSU - 11 months ago
So ready to see this team in the spotlight at full strength
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Harry Caray - 11 months ago
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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
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BigEdLSU - 11 months ago
It looked like our guys were playing last night expecting a ton of fouls. If we can have the same discipline, I like our chances :geauxtigers:
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Britgirl - 11 months ago
Looks like well get the officiating crew from yesterday's OSU/Purdue game. :angry:
Last night's crews did 1st game and about to do 2nd.
Following that formula we get the trio who called a ridiculous amount of fouls and lengthened the game by about 20 mins
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floridatigah - 11 months ago
Martin's jump shot :pimp:
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Elleshoe - 11 months ago
they found out about the palomino stallion
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BigEdLSU - 11 months ago
The line is down to memphis -2 :pimp:
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Dirty Pierre - 11 months ago
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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BigEdLSU - 11 months ago
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bubbz - 11 months ago
Yea SOS that's what I'm happy about, the win yesterday assured us another good non conference game.
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Elleshoe - 11 months ago
gotta take one more win in this tournament.
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SouthOfSouth - 11 months ago
The good thing about our situation is, win or lose we play either Okie State or Butler... Both would be really good teams to play Sunday.
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bubbz - 11 months ago
I think this game will be pretty high scoring.

I'll go with 87-84 Tigers
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S - 11 months ago
joe jackson is still at memphis huh. pretty sure he was playing with them when we played a couple years ago.
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SouthOfSouth - 11 months ago
So far everything is going as planned. Need to compete today. Big time game.
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S - 11 months ago
bruce hornsby > elvis

tigers win 79-67
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SofaKingTrill - 11 months ago
Yea I cant wait. Hopefully the shooting will stay hot but we cut down on some of the wild passing/turnovers. Should be a good game! :nana: :nana:
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BigEdLSU - 11 months ago
This would be a huge win, absolutely huge
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SofaKingTrill - 11 months ago
Big day for the Tigers! Hoping for one of those "good wins" for the resume! :geauxtigers:
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S - 11 months ago
yea it disappeared for like 5 minutes yesterday completely.

i liked what i saw defensively for the most part. going to be key tonight.
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