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Tiger1988
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Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
There were a ton of issues and bizarre things that happened to the Oilers that season. I wonder if the SEC Network or ESPN would do a special on the LSU MBB 85-86 season due to the bizarre happenings?
Tito getting booted.
Nakita failing out.
Chicken Pox
Dennis Brown not taking enough hours
Zoran getting hurt...

Team making the Final 4 as an 11th seed...
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
It was an amazing ride. They were playing at such a high level in March- that team just had a great flow. Too bad we ran into Louisville .


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Scoob
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
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There were a ton of issues and bizarre things that happened to the Oilers that season. I wonder if the SEC Network or ESPN would do a special on the LSU MBB 85-86 season due to the bizarre happenings?
Tito getting booted.
Nakita failing out.
Chicken Pox
Dennis Brown not taking enough hours
Zoran getting hurt...

Team making the Final 4 as an 11th seed...

Chicken Pox is the biggest thing.

That team likely would have been an SEC contender, and a high tourney team, if not for losing half the season basically.

We had guys who had previously missed time, and who had taken turns leading the team to prior tournaments alone, now playing together.
If Nikita had stayed eligible, I think we win the whole thing.


Tiger Ugly
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
That was a crazy year, but we had a good team all things you mentioned not withstanding.

I think we started the year 14-0 then lost Nikita, and the other things you mentioned.

But seniors Derrick Taylor and Don Redden were the team leaders. Sharp shooter Anthony Wilson, Ricky Blanton, John Williams...we had some talent though not deep. I think history shows our 3 teams since 81 that made the final four were all very thin depth wise and in terms of players who saw significant minutes.


Playing at home the first two games certainly helped. The practice of teams getting home tournament games in the first round was done away with the following year I think.

But beating Ga. Tech and KY the next two certainly legitimized the worthiness of this team. And we were up 8 at half against Louisville in the Final Four, they were just too good to finish off.

Great memories.


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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
Image: https://vault-cdn.si.com/SI_ISSUE_IMAGES/Sports%20Illustrated/1985/11/19851118/Sports_Illustrated_44340_19851118-001-2048.jpg



Look at the date of that cover. November 18, 1985.

4 months later that man would lead an 11 seed to the Final Four.

I've never understood why it wasn't one of the first stories the SEC network did. Don't they know the man ain't gonna be alive much longer? I know the shaq and Dale story but that was about shaq mainly.


That 1985-86 final four team remains one of my favorites to this day.
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des4271
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
Blanton put the lock down on some big dudes in that tournament.


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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
That 86 team so fun to watch. It was Dale's best coaching job of his career.

Then 87 with the gut wrenching loss to Indiana. I still think we win it all had we beaten Indiana. LSU was up by 12 with a little over 11 minutes to go.
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Tiger1988
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If Nikita had stayed eligible, I think we win the whole thing.

He was such a great leader and that baseline turnaround J was unstoppable.

Another issue that came out was Williams recruitment when he was seen hanging at the horse track in Cali with a known bookie / gambler. Forgot about this one.


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Tiger1988
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
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That team likely would have been an SEC contender, and a high tourney team, if not for losing half the season basically.

We had guys who had previously missed time, and who had taken turns leading the team to prior tournaments alone,
They lost half of the team.


des4271
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
Game changed for Indiana right after Knight slammed that phone by that official, should have T'd his arse up.


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Scoob
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They lost half of the team.
Exactly- they did, but then they got them back.

That team was ranked, was around 10 when the chicken pox hit (and Nikita Wilson was an academic casualty). Season went into freefall, and BARELY had the record to get into the NCAA.

But by the time that started, the team was mostly back to when it was ranked. So while you had a poor overall record, you have to remember there was a stretch of about 6-8 games where you had walkon football players starting, instead of the guys who opened the season- and played in March.


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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
We were also up 8 with 3-4 minutes left. Indiana got EVERY call after knight banged the phone. Dale should have walked up right after that prick and banged the phone REPEATEDLY, daring the refs to call a tech on him.


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Tiger1988
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re: Watching Oilers 30-30 and thought about 85-86 MBB
Zoran - 7’
Tito - 7’
Nakita - 6’7”
Dennis Brown not taking enough hours

That was all before Chicken Pox.
Yeah that 9-9 record was deceiving.


Scoob
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Zoran - 7’
Tito - 7’
Nakita - 6’7”
Dennis Brown not taking enough hours

That was all before Chicken Pox.
Yeah that 9-9 record was deceiving.

Tito never came, and Zoran was overrated. Dennis Brown was a backup. But Nikita (I'd go more legit 6'8") was the real deal. He'd get you 8-10 rebounds and double figure points, and was money with the turnaround on the baseline.

Nonetheless, that wasn't your standard 11 seed. Derrick Taylor could carry a team, he was a beast as a freshman. So could Don Redden. John Williams obviously could. Blanton had heart and would (and did) guard 7 ft centers if you asked him to. Anthony Wilson was coming into his own with his outside shot. Then you had raw guys like Jose Vargas coming in and wreaking utter havoc.
That was a loaded team talent-wise, and if you put Nikita Wilson's consistency in the lineup, I truly think we'd have a title that year.


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Watching Oilers 30-30


There’s an Oilers 30 for 30?


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