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LSU 57, Vanderbilt 56 - Recap, Pictures, and More!


LSU (13-7, 4-5) won their third in a row and forth in their last five after defeating Vanderbilt (8-13,2-7) by one in a game that LSU led nearly the entire game. The Tigers were down 18-15 with 3:52 left in the first half when the offense finally exploded. LSU went for 16 straight points on a few treys and the Andrew Del Piero posterization of the Vanderbilt defense on a great assist by Malik Morgan. The duo led LSU in the first half of a sloppy game. Del Piero had 6 points on 2 of 3 from the field and both free throw attempts, while Malik had 9 points on a couple three pointers, a free throw, and a short jumper. The duo totaled nearly half of the teams first half points.

LSU rebounded from their 16% from deep performance this weekend and made 9 of 21 from beyond the arc for a very impressive 42.9%. Hickey made half of his 8 attempts, and Charles Carmouche made both of his. Surprisingly enough, Stringer really struggled making only one of five attempts as well as only two of five free throws.

The Tiger offense got increasingly better as their defensive pressure got heavier. When LSU went down, LSU started to press a like clockwork, LSU makes a run. LSU has made a living this year on taking advantage of their press. While they didn't force a ton of turnovers in this one, the players seem to really increase the energy on the offensive end when they are in the press. Their mentality changes and has worked to LSU's advantage.



Make no mistakes, this game was ugly. Neither team played particularly well. If Vanderbilt hits some open shots in the first half, this could have been a very different game. LSU made more plays and won due to them. Good performances from Morgan and Del Piero made up for the almost non existence of O'Bryant and Coleman.

O'Bryant scored 10 points, but really struggled on offense in this one. I will say though, it is impossible to ignore the vast improvement in his passing game over the past six games. He has at least 2 assists in each of those games and he paired that with his lowest turnover output of the season with only one (2:1 ast : to).

Coleman made two very important free throws late in the game, but that was his only two points of the game. Hickey had an uncharacteristic 5 turnovers but did have 5 assists. He also had 14 points, 7 rebounds, a block and a steal. Carmouche came off the bench sporting his "90's Nelly" band-aid on his forehead and was efficient scoring 9 on only 5 shots. He also had 4 rebounds and a steal.

Vanderbilt was led by Rod Odom who made three deep balls in the last minute of the game to bring Vanderbilt back into the game. Two free throws by Johnny O'Bryant with 4 seconds remaining put LSU up by 4 and sealed the game.

Looking forward, LSU has two big road games coming up at Alabama and at South Carolina. Alabama is two games above LSU in the SEC standings at 6-3 while South Carolina is at the bottom of the barrel at 2-7. LSU made up a game this week and are only 1 game out of 6th place and 2 games out of 4th place. LSU needs to win at least one of the games, but LSU would be vaulted into the top half of the SEC with two wins. The SEC is wide open and LSU still could finish anywhere.

With the win, I am more confident that LSU will get to at least 7 wins. It is very possible the Tigers could get to 8 or 9 wins and have a very successful season. If the season ended today, I think LSU makes the NIT as a lower seed and would go on the road in the first round.

For pictures of the game click HERE
To see the Tiger Brass Band do Pre-game "blue man group" style click HERE



Oh, and just saying #TUBASWAG #TUBAPOSTER #TUBADUNK




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Make no mistakes, this game was ugly. Neither team played particularly well


Always better to win ugly rather than lose pretty.






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I'd like to thank Kendren Johnson for throwing up brick after brick all night long.





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The kid in the white shirt with the foam finger did possibly the gayest dance I have ever seen in my life in front of the camera. Seriously. It gave my tv aids.



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Turning this thing around





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shot really well from 3 and like garbage inside

weird






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Also wanted to note, someone missed the memo that Trent was fired and wore his old uniform...







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shot really well from 3 and like garbage inside

weird


This isn't the first time we have had a better 3 point % than 2 point %. Sad, but it happens with this team.

It also happened against Kentucky.




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Hugo Stiglitz
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Worst one point game in the history of basketball.







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shot really well from 3 and like garbage inside

weird



It's how this team rolls. I stopped getting upset at missed layups cause I know they'll hit a 3 right after a steal after the missed layup


and I love #0 for Vandy's expression on that dunk...."nah that white dude just didn't.....nah"






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it could have been worse. bama was up 15-4 on auburn and scored 37 points or so the whole game and lost.





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Lol I saw that.






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I posted this last night but I think Vanderbilt played us textbook, despite not being that good of a team


Keep Hickey/Stringer/Carmouche from penetrating - Check
Harass Hickey/Stringer off screens - Check
Protect the ball - Check
Prevent the fastbreak - Check
Get JOB in foul trouble - Check
Beat our press - Check






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SouthOfSouth
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and I love #0 for Vandy's expression on that dunk...."nah that white dude just didn't.....nah"


A little upset I didn't get a better picture of it, but I always miss dunks and fast breaks.

I am a fan first, photographer second so when something exciting is about to happen I dont turn to my camera, I get up on my feet ready to cheer.

Luckily I at least got a semi-blurry picutre of it rather than nothing.






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fightingtiger2335
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Impossible. Aleva.needed to be fired for not hiring Grant.


Btw, although he was butterfingered in 2nd half, I think Coleman is my Fav player. Even when he doesn't score he is always around every loose ball and fights his arse off under the boards although always over matched. He has really gold rotation and has knack for being in right spot.
Morgan also tends to be that way on rotationn






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and has knack for being in right spot.


Best Coleman quality. It's good basketball IQ. You know where the most likely place for the ball to be before it's there.

He only took 1 shot so it wasn't like he was missing a bunch, just didn't get open. Vandy really forced LSU to take shots. LSU did the same to Vandy who took the same amount of 3 point attempts as two point attempts (27 and 27)






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still never saw explanation on why they changed the possession arrow.





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SouthOfSouth
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still never saw explanation on why they changed the possession arrow.


I think they messed that up. I totally understood why Vandy's coach was furious. The arrow definitely should have favored Vandy.






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I thought that Tuba had a great first half. I am always curious as to why we don't rotate more in the second half of games. I know that JOB is a better all around player but he didn't have his best game last night. So why not play Tuba some especially when he did so well in the first half?





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fightingtiger2335
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It played itself out. We turned it over on the inbounds and they got an and 1 and next arrow was them.
It worked in their favor. Which is why I could understand why he.kept arguing even when he saw it benefited them.

I forgot to.add earlier
Job had a frustrating night. He just couldn't finish strong. Seemed weak at goal but he was working really hard going up towards the goal. Normally when he struggles he will start fading away or taking it outside. Coach jj kept telling him to go to goal everytime job looked frustrated. Even on when struggling I think its a good sign he didn't start settling like he would in past.
And those 2 fts at end will.be huge for his confidence this point on






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