Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Basketball: Tigers Unimpressive Again

Another troubling outing in the PMAC for the Tigers. They beat McNeese State 78-74. But it was fugly - again. Poor shooting, shoddy rebounding, turnovers, etc. The Tigers were less than .500 from the floor, and only 3 of 18 from 3 point land. Based on Coach Brady's strategy for the season, those numbers are not going to cut it.

There is a glimmer of hope, though. True freshman Anthony Randolph showed signs of a bright future again tonight, with 12 points and 7 rebounds. And JuCo transfer Marcus Thornton led the scoring again with 24. And Taz Mitchell woke up, scoring 16 and hauling down a team high 14 boards. But he was dismal from the floor (4/13) and made 8 of his 16 points from the FT line. Ugh.

To be fair, McNeese shot 12 of 23 from 3 point land. That would be practically HALF of their point total. Tough to beat that. I don't imagine we'll see that very many times this year - hope not, at least.

I'm no BB expert, but I'd say two things need to happen soon for LSU to have a chance at a decent season. First, the Tigers have to start playing something that resembles defense, especially in the paint and denying offensive rebounds. Second, the streaky play needs to stop in lieu of a more consistent scoring scheme from the perimeter.

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