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2013-2014 Season Recap and Quick Look Forward





LSU's roller coaster season ended Monday night in Dallas when the Tigers were unable to hold on to a halftime lead against the Mustangs. LSU was able to secure their first 20 win season since 2009 and won their first post-season tournament game since that same year.

Still, this season was like making 10% in the stock market when the index was up 15%. Your overall portfolio is better than the year before, but not as good as you expected. Preseason, LSU was picked to finish between 3rd and 5th in the SEC. They ended up in a 3 way tie for 6th. Last season, LSU ended in a 2 way tie for 8th. There's some improvement, but not as much as expected.



Last year LSU finished the season with a 100 KenPom ranking. This season LSU has finished at 58th. Improvement, but not as much as hoped. The theme is obvious, there's not much you can look at and say "LSU is worse off in this category." Still, there is a disappointment hanging above Tiger fans.

LSU's offense averaged 1.04 points per possession in 2013 and 1.10 PPP in 2014. Their tempo was much more fun to watch. They increased their free throw percentage by over 4%, and their two point percentage by 2.5%. They averaged less turnovers per possession and had a better offensive rebound percentage. On defense, they moved up 120 spots in two point percentage defense. They blocked 14% of opponents two point shots compared to 9.7% last year. They even allowed 3% less offensive rebounds.

And while LSU is losing key players (Shavon Coleman, Andre Stringer, and possibly O'Bryant), the Tigers are bringing in some elite talent to join next season's squad. LSU will be bringing in JUCO transfer Josh Gray who led all JUCO players in scoring this season with 33.8 points per game, as well as UNC-A transfer Keith Hornsby where he was 2nd in the NCAA in free throw percentage hitting 99 of 107 (92.5%) during his sophomore campaign. He averaged 15 points per game and has been practicing with the team all year.



From the high school ranks, LSU adds some much needed depth to the front court when they bring in Aaron Epps and Elbert Robinson. Also making his way to the Tigers program is Jalyn Patterson the extremely successful PG at Montverde Academy in Florida.

Projected Roster:

PG
Anthony Hickey (SR)
Tim Quarterman (SO)
Jalyn Patterson (FR)

SG
Josh Gray (JR)
Keith Hornsby (JR)
Malik Morgan (JR)

SF
Jarell Martin (SO)
Shane Hammink (JR)
Brian Bridgewater (FR)

PF
Jordan Mickey (SO)
Aaron Epps (FR)

C
Elbert Robinson (FR)
Darcy Malone (SO)
John Odo (SR)

*NCAA Rules only allow 13 scholarship player's. However, I am not going to project attrition. It's not fair to the athlete's.*

LSU should hear about the intentions of Johnny O'Bryant in the coming week. He told media that he would not wait long to make his decision, and while Jordan Mickey hasn't made his intentions public, most believe he will be back for his sophomore season, including myself.

What better way to end another basketball season than to say it like it is; "There's always next year."







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Fratastic423
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Thanks for the nice recap SOS. I saw in a thread last night that you were thinking about giving up the preview work. There are people who appreciate and look forward to reading your work, so here is my vote for you to keep that up next season.

I agree with your reaction to the season. I do think it was tough to keep our expectations in check. We see good classes make huge impacts at other schools and expected the same here, without realizing that those schools have slightly stronger foundations which obviously helps out. We played so well at times and then so frustratingly lazy. I will still repurchase my season tickets and keep going.






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SouthOfSouth
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Last night was emotional for me. Don't worry.





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Slickback
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Nice recap and perfectly sums up my feelings as well.

I know everyone is expecting Martin to be a monster next year, but I'm anxious to see Quarterman's improvement. I think he'll be a stud before he leaves.






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SouthOfSouth
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I also want to note that I think we move Martin down to 4 and Mickey down to 5 so that we can play Gray at 2 and Hornsby at 3 but the projected roster has them at their current positions.

I want the main lineup to be:

Hickey
Gray
Hornsby
Martin
Mickey






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Insert worlds most interesting man.jpg

I don't always follow LSU basketball closely

But when I do, I come read what SOS posts first.

Great work all season, mate. Your contributions on this board are unmatched, and I hope you don't allow the negatigers to kill your grove.






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Pilot Tiger
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God I hope JOB and Mickey both come back





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tigabait01
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quote:

Hickey Gray Hornsby Martin Mickey


Man, I think that lineup gets abused in the paint and can't rebound. We need a 6'6-6'7 small forward with ball handling skills so bad.






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SouthOfSouth
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Man, I think that lineup gets abused in the paint and can't rebound. We need a 6'6-6'7 small forward with ball handling skills so bad.


I don't think this at all. We have a 6'10" with ball skills coming in two years so I guess that's good, but I think Mickey and Martin down low would be very respectable rebounding duo.






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If Mickey adds bulk and improves his hand strength, it's possible. He just looked so weak at times this season.





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man that second half was tough. smu just started dropping everything, and we missed every open shot.

fun as shite to be there. we were pretty damn loud. CJJ pointed to us before the game, it was cool






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fun as shite to be there. we were pretty damn loud. CJJ pointed to us before the game, it was cool


There were certainly times when LSU chants were very obvious on TV. Very cool.






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and while Jordan Mickey hasn't made his intentions public, most believe he will be back for his sophomore season, including myself.


well that makes us all feel a whole lot better








































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Last night was my first LIVE B'ball game this season due to being in Dallas.

Here is what I observed from sect 214:

First Half:
we hit the Defensive boards hard, with energy and early.
we also did a good job on the O boards,
and shot Free Throws well.
...ball movement was good (not great, but good and w/ energy.

2nd half:
we lost energy and got back LATE on the Defensive boards, this caused numerous fouls due to poor position/timing.
we also diminished our efforts on the O board.

..some of this due to SMU picking their efforts up and we did not keep up.

we need a Point guard, our ball distribution is not good, having said that, MANY of our players, including Johnny O, stand around and WAIT for the ball to get to them (LAZY), they do not help our guard by making themselves OPEN and AVAILABLE.

This made it easier for SMU to defend the ball movement.

Hopefully all of this changes once JJ's own group
solidifies.

Geaux Tiger







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while losing JOB will hurt, i think we end up with a better record at the end of the regular season next year, like Michael Stringer said, running our offense thru JOB made us very easy to defend at times, but occasionally he'd have a manchild nite like against UK

while those nites were great, i think the fluidity of our offense overall will increase with the types of the players we have

Way way way too early prediction I say we go 21-9 in the regular season next year with a 11-7 finish in conference.



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SouthOfSouth
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quote:

Way way way too early prediction I say we go 21-9 in the regular season next year with a 11-7 finish in conference.


I have a strict no predictions till schedule comes out rule.






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Ignignot
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i probably should too, but i gotta dream/find a reason to convince myself to buy season tickets again.....which i have already have......I still believe





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What is it, about a 10% chance O'braynt comes back? I just don't understand how Donovan manages to get all of his studs to stay around for so long.

Thanks for your hard work, bud. The recap summed up my synopsis on the season perfectly.






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quote:

I don't always follow LSU basketball closely

But when I do, I come read what SOS posts first.








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SouthOfSouth
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quote:

What is it, about a 10% chance O'braynt comes back? I just don't understand how Donovan manages to get all of his studs to stay around for so long.

Thanks for your hard work, bud. The recap summed up my synopsis on the season perfectly.


10% is about right. We shall see. It was a tough season because there were moments of greatness and moments of misery.

I'm hoping everyone uses this season to grow as basketball players and know what they need to improve over the offseason. We shall see come November.






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