Friday, February 03, 2006

LSU Basketball

Amazingly LSU is sitting atop the SEC Basketball standings at 7-0 as of today. I don't think anyone saw this coming a few weeks ago when we were failing to close games against UCONN, Cinncinatti, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, and Houston. Its especially surprising since LSU plays with only eight players: C Glen Davis, PF Tyrus Thomas, SF Tasmin Mitchell, SG Garrett Temple, PG Darrell Mitchell, F Darnell Lazare, G Ben Voogd, and F Magnum Rolle. The starting point guard coming into the year Tack Minor is out for the year after injuring himself in the early part of the season. Darrell Mitchell has been forced to play out of position to accomodate our lack of depth. This makes our run even more amazing.

We have several tough games to go starting this weekend at Alabama. After that we have games against Arkansas, at Florida, and Kentucky which should all be tough wins. Do I think we can remain undefeated? No... but we are now winning games that we would have lost in December, especially the last two games: Ole Miss had a ten point lead at one point and it was tied with very little time remaining, and Auburn came back on us to tie it up late, but we turned the heat up and ended up winning by more than ten.

We cannot afford to relax though, especially since coaching has always been inconsistent at LSU under Brady and our depth (or lack of depth)leaves little room for mistakes. If we stay healthy and stay alert we can definitely run the table.


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