Thursday, November 19, 2009

Basketball Quickie: LSU Men 3-0

Trent Johnson's men's basketball team is off to a pretty good start.  The Tigers have beaten UL-Monroe, Indiana State, and Western Kentucky.  Those last two victories came in the first round of the NIT Tip Off tournament.  LSU travels to New York for a matchup with UCONN next Wed.

I've watched bits and pieces of all three games on  My impression is that this is going to be an interesting season for LSU.  Even after losing some very big contributers from last year's team (M. Thornton, C. Johnson, and G. Temple), the Tigers look ready to at least compete against a much improved SEC lineup.  Trent Johnson always stresses defense, and the team seems focused in that area. 

Good stuff - Storm Warren (6-7, 230 Soph F) looks really good so far.  He's had three straight double-doubles and he just seems very comfortable on the court.  Taz Mitchell is healthy and productive and is the much-needed senior leader on the court.  And Bo Spencer seems to be handling the PG role.  The Tigers have been very good at the line so far and are out-rebounding the competition.

Stuff to ponder - the offense seems to be struggling right now from the perimeter.  Bo Spencer finally lit off a few 3 pointers against WKU, but otherwise the Tigers have been pretty poor from the 3-pt line (<20%).

Overall:  Way too early to tell, but the UCONN game next Wed should be an indicator of how LSU will perform against tougher competition this year.  Overall, I think this promises to be another season that showcases the quality of coaching LSU has in Trent Johnson.

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