Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Know your enemy- LSU Tigers

First, a writeup from their official site. Next, their season stats.

Maybe their basketball team can cross mid-court more than once... heh. BTW- congrats to our football team for winning the BCS title.

LSU comes in at a surprising 11-4 with big non-conference wins over Marquette, @ Houston, and @ Rutgers... not to mention their beatdown of Ole Miss last week (which probably officially put Andy Kennedy on the hot seat). Justin Hamilton and Andre Stringer are averaging double digits with Ralston Turner and Stringer being their best 3 point threats. Hamilton has a monster game vs Ole Miss (23/16) and will be a force inside for Green/Jacobs/Engstrom to handle. Storm Warren... in what seems to be his 13th yr, struggled early in the year, but had a nice game vs Ole Miss (I think everyone had a good game vs the Fighting Kennedys).

LSU has a lot of size which could pose us problems... if our 2 big men can't stay out of foul trouble.

The numbers:
- .408 FG
- .345 3pt FG
- .711 FT
- +3.3 rebound margin
- 68.7 PPG (59.8 D)

Prediction: I am hoping our game at UGA gave Lacey the confidence to be our perimeter guy. I am also hopeful to see Hankerson get more PT... and as I told DJC during the UGA game I was miffed why he didn't play the 2nd half after his very solid first half contributions on both ends. In the end I don't think LSU has an answer to Releford who seems to want to drive more (great sign) and that'll open up others for easier shots. Alabama by 14.

Game time is 9PM EST (8PM CST) on CSS or ESPN3

1 comment:

MSmilie said...

LSU has been easily the most improved team in the conference so far this season. They will be a challenge, no doubt about that.

Their size will cause us fits. We haven't been a good rebounding team at times this season and I'll be shocked if we win the rebounding battle tonight. Hopefully our guys continue to shoot the ball well because there may not be many second chance points.

As usual, the best offense for us is to force turnovers with pressure and score off those turnovers. I'm not sold on the LSU backcourt so I think we should be able to force them into some mistakes. One thing we can't allow is for them to get into half court offense all night or their size advantage will be a real problem.

I'm going to be positive and say we win tonight. The pressure forces some turnovers and maybe we can get to the rim and draw some early fouls on their big men. And hopefully our guys were inspired by the dominating performance of the football team on Monday night. We shall see.