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1/17/19 5:35 am CST

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With no game to recap and things a little slow on the news front, I used the time to begin looking ahead to the 2019 football season by posting our Way Too Early Unofficial 2019 LSU Football Depth Chart. What I did was remove the players who aren’t returning, add the players who are returning, and change everyone’s classification (SO, JR, SR, etc.) to reflect the class they will be in next season. I also added the incoming freshmen at the bottom of their respective position, though it’s likely several of them will lock down starting roles, particularly at running back, cornerback, and placekicker. What stands out to me is the large number of juniors and seniors returning. (I counted ten seniors in the two-deep chart without including special teams.) It should be noted that I probably left out a few names (I always do) and that this is a work-in-progress. As always, your feedback is welcome.  

Right now, the topic on many Tiger Fans’ minds is basketball after LSU’s huge win on the road over No. 18 Ole Miss. Just how big was the win? Well, consider this: LSU’s Todd Politz tweeted that the Tigers’ 83-69 win represents the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent away from home since a 72-56 win over No. 20 Arkansas on March 20, 1981, in the Superdome (NCAA Sweet 16). It was also the largest margin of victory in a true road game (at the opponent’s venue) over a ranked opponent in LSU history. Pretty impressive stuff. 

As mentioned yesterday, the win also gave LSU basketball its first 3-0 start in league play since the 2005-06 season, which makes this is a good time for an online poll. Just as we’ve done with football and baseball the last few years, I’m asking you today to predict the number of SEC games LSU basketball will win this year. Just for reference, note that LSU has won 10 or more league games only three times in the last ten years with the most in that span being 13 in 2009, when LSU made the NCAA Tournament. LSU’s lowest SEC win total in that span was two in Coach Johnny Jones’ rock bottom last season as the Tigers’ coach. Man has this program come a long way since then. So without further ado, click the link below and let me know your prediction:

POLL: HOW MANY REGULAR SEASON SEC GAMES WILL LSU MEN’S BASKETBALL WIN THIS YEAR?

In football recruiting news, LSU will be hosting at least one official visitor this weekend, and he’s a big one. DT Nathan Pickering (6-3, 286) of Seminary, Miss., who is currently committed to Mississippi State, tweeted that he’ll be making his second visit to LSU this Saturday and Sunday. I know that at one time LSU felt very confident about landing Pickering before he committed to Mississippi State, and after he didn’t sign with the Bulldogs in the early period, there is renewed confidence that LSU is very much in the hunt for this talented DL. Another talented DL from Mississippi who LSU is still heavily pursuing is Bryan Young (6-3, 290) of Laurel, Miss. He’s currently committed to Alabama but is expected to visit LSU in one of the next three weekends before signing day. If LSU can flip either one of these two prospects, that would be a huge coup for this class.

One more recruiting brief: Class of 2020 WR/S Jaquavion Fraziars (6-4, 185) of Dunnellon, FL reports an LSU offer. He holds offers from several SEC programs including Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and others. 

In baseball news, Coach Paul Mainieri spoke on 104.5’s Hanging with Hester program earlier this week and had interesting things to say about two Tigers who are likely to be impact players this year. Granted, these are the only two players he was specifically asked about, but I thought his comments were worth sharing.

Asked about last year’s starting second baseman, Brandt Broussard, Mainieri said he believes he’s ready for a breakout season. He was solid defensively last year and swung the bat very well early on before injuring his thumb and never really getting back in the swing of things. It sounds like Mainieri is expecting big things of Broussard this year, which is interesting in light of D1Baseball projecting newcomer Drew Bianco to start at 2nd base. If I were projecting a starting lineup, I’d pencil in Broussard there after hearing Mainieri’s comments. 

Mainieri was also asked about incoming freshman first baseman Cade Beloso, a former LB/DE on the John Curtis football team. Mainieri said he brings the same toughness he brought to the football field to the baseball diamond and that he really has some pop in his bat. He’s expected to compete with fellow freshmen CJ Willis, Bianco, and Gavin Dugas to start at first base.

Closing Tidbits:

• Having LSU football withdrawals?  Here are two videos – one that makes me appreciative of a senior who’s moving on and another on one of the best defensive backs in the country who will be returning to LSU for his junior season: RB Nick Brosette’s Senior Highlights and Safety Grant Delpit’s Video Highlights

• While on the topic of football, here’s a letter from a classy Tiger that’s well worth reading if you’ve got a few minutes to spare:  LSU: A Letter from Devin White 

• The LSU women’s basketball team kicks off the 2019 SEC celebration of We Back Pat Week tonight at 6:30 p.m. against No. 16/15 Kentucky at the PMAC. The SEC has chosen one week each season to honor legendary Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and all that she gave to grow the game of women’s basketball. It is also an opportunity for fans to be reminded of the battle she and others have faced with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network.

• The 2019 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released Wednesday morning, and LSU was picked to finish sixth in the conference. The Tigers, coming off a 45-17 overall mark and 13-10 SEC record in 2018, return 13 letterwinners from last year’s squad and add ten newcomers. LSU opens the 2019 regular season at Tiger Park on February 7 against Tulsa.

• That’s it for today, but don’t forget to vote in our poll asking “How Many Regular Season SEC Games Will LSU Men’s Basketball Win This Year?

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1/17/19 5:35 am CST

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With no game to recap and things a little slow on the news front, I used the time to begin looking ahead to the 2019 football season by posting our Way Too Early Unofficial 2019 LSU Football Depth Chart. What I did was remove the players who aren’t returning, add the players who are returning, and change everyone’s classification (SO, JR, SR, etc.) to reflect the class they will be in next season. I also added the incoming freshmen at the bottom of their respective position, though it’s likely several of them will lock down starting roles, particularly at running back, cornerback, and placekicker. What stands out to me is the large number of juniors and seniors returning. (I counted ten seniors in the two-deep chart without including special teams.) It should be noted that I probably left out a few names (I always do) and that this is a work-in-progress. As always, your feedback is welcome.  

Right now, the topic on many Tiger Fans’ minds is basketball after LSU’s huge win on the road over No. 18 Ole Miss. Just how big was the win? Well, consider this: LSU’s Todd Politz tweeted that the Tigers’ 83-69 win represents the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent away from home since a 72-56 win over No. 20 Arkansas on March 20, 1981, in the Superdome (NCAA Sweet 16). It was also the largest margin of victory in a true road game (at the opponent’s venue) over a ranked opponent in LSU history. Pretty impressive stuff. 

As mentioned yesterday, the win also gave LSU basketball its first 3-0 start in league play since the 2005-06 season, which makes this is a good time for an online poll. Just as we’ve done with football and baseball the last few years, I’m asking you today to predict the number of SEC games LSU basketball will win this year. Just for reference, note that LSU has won 10 or more league games only three times in the last ten years with the most in that span being 13 in 2009, when LSU made the NCAA Tournament. LSU’s lowest SEC win total in that span was two in Coach Johnny Jones’ rock bottom last season as the Tigers’ coach. Man has this program come a long way since then. So without further ado, click the link below and let me know your prediction:

POLL: HOW MANY REGULAR SEASON SEC GAMES WILL LSU MEN’S BASKETBALL WIN THIS YEAR?

In football recruiting news, LSU will be hosting at least one official visitor this weekend, and he’s a big one. DT Nathan Pickering (6-3, 286) of Seminary, Miss., who is currently committed to Mississippi State, tweeted that he’ll be making his second visit to LSU this Saturday and Sunday. I know that at one time LSU felt very confident about landing Pickering before he committed to Mississippi State, and after he didn’t sign with the Bulldogs in the early period, there is renewed confidence that LSU is very much in the hunt for this talented DL. Another talented DL from Mississippi who LSU is still heavily pursuing is Bryan Young (6-3, 290) of Laurel, Miss. He’s currently committed to Alabama but is expected to visit LSU in one of the next three weekends before signing day. If LSU can flip either one of these two prospects, that would be a huge coup for this class.

One more recruiting brief: Class of 2020 WR/S Jaquavion Fraziars (6-4, 185) of Dunnellon, FL reports an LSU offer. He holds offers from several SEC programs including Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and others. 

In baseball news, Coach Paul Mainieri spoke on 104.5’s Hanging with Hester program earlier this week and had interesting things to say about two Tigers who are likely to be impact players this year. Granted, these are the only two players he was specifically asked about, but I thought his comments were worth sharing.

Asked about last year’s starting second baseman, Brandt Broussard, Mainieri said he believes he’s ready for a breakout season. He was solid defensively last year and swung the bat very well early on before injuring his thumb and never really getting back in the swing of things. It sounds like Mainieri is expecting big things of Broussard this year, which is interesting in light of D1Baseball projecting newcomer Drew Bianco to start at 2nd base. If I were projecting a starting lineup, I’d pencil in Broussard there after hearing Mainieri’s comments. 

Mainieri was also asked about incoming freshman first baseman Cade Beloso, a former LB/DE on the John Curtis football team. Mainieri said he brings the same toughness he brought to the football field to the baseball diamond and that he really has some pop in his bat. He’s expected to compete with fellow freshmen CJ Willis, Bianco, and Gavin Dugas to start at first base.

Closing Tidbits:

• Having LSU football withdrawals?  Here are two videos – one that makes me appreciative of a senior who’s moving on and another on one of the best defensive backs in the country who will be returning to LSU for his junior season: RB Nick Brosette’s Senior Highlights and Safety Grant Delpit’s Video Highlights

• While on the topic of football, here’s a letter from a classy Tiger that’s well worth reading if you’ve got a few minutes to spare:  LSU: A Letter from Devin White 

• The LSU women’s basketball team kicks off the 2019 SEC celebration of We Back Pat Week tonight at 6:30 p.m. against No. 16/15 Kentucky at the PMAC. The SEC has chosen one week each season to honor legendary Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and all that she gave to grow the game of women’s basketball. It is also an opportunity for fans to be reminded of the battle she and others have faced with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network.

• The 2019 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released Wednesday morning, and LSU was picked to finish sixth in the conference. The Tigers, coming off a 45-17 overall mark and 13-10 SEC record in 2018, return 13 letterwinners from last year’s squad and add ten newcomers. LSU opens the 2019 regular season at Tiger Park on February 7 against Tulsa.

• That’s it for today, but don’t forget to vote in our poll asking “How Many Regular Season SEC Games Will LSU Men’s Basketball Win This Year?

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1/16/19 5:35 am CST

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Whoa! How about those Tigers! In front of a sold-out Ole Miss crowd, LSU stared down one of the hottest teams in college basketball and didn’t bat an eye in a huge 83-69 victory. With the win, LSU improved to 13-3 overall and 3-0 SEC play. Here’s Jake’s recap of how LSU used a strong second half to win its sixth game in a row and jump out to its best league start since the 2005-06 season. 

You could sum up LSU’s first half in four words: fouls, turnovers, and missed shots. The Tigers shot an uncharacteristically low 36 percent from the field and racked up 11 fouls and 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, yet when the half expired LSU was dead even with a ranked team that had won ten in a row. It certainly took the Tigers a couple of minutes to find their footing in this contest. In fact, LSU didn’t score until three and a half minutes into the game, which was abnormal for a Tiger team that has typically started fast this season. Kavell Bigby-Williams scored the Tigers’ first two baskets with dunks inside. And after both teams missed their first four 3-pointers, LSU and Ole Miss traded 3-pointers in a back-and-forth battle that lived up to the hype. But then Ole Miss began to pull away. After a Breein Tyree breakaway dunk, the Ole Miss faithful were jumping as the Rebels led the Tigers by six midway into the half. Ole Miss’ blend of quickness and pressure kept LSU from settling into a rhythm early. But when you can throw up an effortless alley-oop from the 3-point line to an ascending Marlon Taylor, it makes it easier to get back into the fight. Bigby-Williams had perhaps the best block of the season for the Tigers in the first half when he straight up denied a Rebel dunk. For as much as LSU struggled on the offensive end, the defense kept ’em in it. A corner Ja’vonte Smart 3-pointer tied the game at 25 with five minutes to play in the half. LSU then turned the ball over four times and didn’t record a field goal in the next four minutes. Tremont Waters got his first field goal to fall in the final minute of the half, which gave LSU a one-point lead. The Tigers and Rebels went into the half tied at 31.

The second half started with another emphatic Bigby-Williams block. He had five blocks in the contest. But Ole Miss ended the possession with a 3-pointer thanks to winning a hustle play. A big theme throughout the game was second-chance points and Ole Miss dominated that category, 21-14. But another was three-three-point shooting and LSU had a big advantage there. The Tigers shot 40 percent from behind the arc against Arkansas and drained 67 percent of their 3-pointers against Alabama in the SEC opener, and thankfully, the Tigers kept that hot shooting going from outside with a 47.4 3-point field goal percentage against the Rebels. Naz Reid’s first basket came around the 15-minute mark of the first half, as his baby hook gave the Tigers a five-point lead on the road. That helped spark an 8-0 Tiger run that Reid punctuated with a slam off of a Waters steal. While Ole Miss’ speed disrupted the Tigers in the first half, it was LSU’s length that gave Ole Miss fits in the second half. Blocks and steals were a thorn in Ole Miss’ side all night. Mays and Smart hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give LSU a 10-point lead with under 10 minutes to go. After 10 first-half turnovers, the Tigers turned the ball over just three times in the second half. Following an Ole Miss run that cut it to six with less than five minutes to go, Waters pulled up well beyond NBA range and drained a 3-pointer to give LSU more cushion down the stretch. After missing their first four 3-point attempts, LSU hit nine of its next 15 attempts. Four Tigers scored double digits in this victory with Waters leading the way with 20 points.

Here’s are CBS Sports’ video highlights of the game and the complete box score

Folks, these Tigers are growing up and last night’s contest showed just how dangerous they can be. What we saw in the second half is what we hoped this team could be when Coach Will Wade brought in a top-three recruiting class last year, and the future is looking brighter by the game. LSU will look to keep its positive momentum flowing and extend its six-game win streak when the Tigers return home to face South Carolina on Saturday. That game tips off at 5 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. #BootUp baby!

As enjoyable as that basketball game was – and man was it enjoyable – I can’t help having baseball on my mind. Part of that comes from knowing that exactly a month from today we’ll be discussing the outcome of LSU’s season-opener. But it also has to do with receiving several messages yesterday about LSU’s pitching after posting D1 Baseball’s projected lineup.

One question many of you asked was “Why isn’t sophomore Ma’Khail Hilliard listed in the projected starting rotation?” That’s a great question, especially since he was LSU’s most effective starter at times last season. First, it should be noted that he very well might be and that the projection posted was just nothing more than a very well educated guess. That said, I’ll give you three reasons why D1Baseball is probably right and why Hilliard could be relegated to more of an extended-relief or midweek starter role. 

First is that Hilliard dealt with a lingering arm injury at the end of last season and didn’t throw much this fall because of soreness. That puts him a little behind some of the other guys. The latest word I heard was that he’s progressing well. Just how well is yet to be seen. That will surely be a topic of discussion when Coach Paul Mainieri meets with the media later this month.

Second is the return of sophomore Eric Walker. Remember, Walker was a freshman All-American two years ago before suffering a season-ending injury during the College World Series. Now he’s fully healthy and raring to go. If he still has the poise and impeccable control he had as a freshman, his return will be huge for the Tigers’ staff.

Third is Landon Marceau. There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding this freshman from Destrehan who was ranked as Louisiana top prospect and turned down an offer from the New York Yankees to attend LSU. What makes him so special, among other things, is a four-pitch arsenal, his ability to command the strike zone, and the experience he gained pitching at a very high level for the 18U USA Baseball team. Some say he could be the most polished true freshman Coach Mainieri has coached at LSU, which is awfully high praise.

In football recruiting, LSU linebacker Marcel Brooks is now a five-star in 247Sports and Rivals’ rankings. His jump in the rankings followed his big showing in the All-American bowl where he led his team with seven tackles and a tackle for loss. Brooks joins CB Derek Stingley, Jr., RB John Emery Jr., and OG Kardell Thomas to give LSU’s 2019 class four 5-star prospects in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, which is the most of any team in the country other than Georgia (5). On a somewhat related note, LSU DT target Ishmael Sopsher of Amite dropped from a 5-star to a 4-star in Rivals’ latest rankings.

That’s it for now. Enjoy your hump day, Tiger Fans. 

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