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11/23/14 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

In just four days, LSU will conclude the regular season with a Thanksgiving Day battle against the Aggies of Texas A&M, so let’s begin taking a closer look at how the two teams stack up.  Both teams enter the contest 7-4 overall and 3-4 in SEC play. LSU’s three SEC wins have come against Florida, Kentucky and Ole Miss, while A&M’s three conference wins were against  South Carolina, Arkansas and Auburn. LSU is coming off an overtime loss to Alabama and a disastrous shutout against Arkansas. (Speaking of LSU’s loss to Arkansas, it doesn’t look quite as bad today after Arkansas shutout Ole Miss yesterday, 30-0. Then again, LSU’s signature win over Ole Miss doesn’t look quite as impressive anymore either.) A&M is coming off a three-point win at Auburn and a 7-point home loss to Missouri. As Mike Detillier put it in our recent Q&A, A&M is a “mercurial” team, and I guess judging from LSU’s last five games one could say the same for the Tigers. 

Let’s take a look at how the Tigers and Aggies compare statistically, and in a subsequent report we’ll breakdown LSU’s offense, versus A&M’s defense and vice versa. 

stats LSU AM pregame

A few observations from the stats:

• As expected, LSU dominates the defensive stats while A&M dominates offensively.

• A&M is extremely pass-heavy, which plays to LSU’s defensive strength. LSU is 5th in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC in pass defense. 

• A&M gives up an average of over 200 yards per game against the rush. Obviously, this also plays to LSU’s strength as the Tigers are likely to rely heavily on their run game, as usual.  

• Special teams stats are pretty even, but LSU has an advantage in turnover margin.

Considering each teams’ strengths and weaknesses, the stats clearly favor LSU. On paper, this looks like a game that LSU should be able to win by pounding the rock and playing stout defense, especially against the pass. Of course, a lot of the Tigers’ success will depend on their mindset and their will to win. The difference in a win and loss could be the difference in a pretty good bowl game and a not-so-special one, but more importantly a win would keep the Tigers from having what would surely be a demoralizing three-game skid for the team and fans.  

Turning to basketball… LSU rebounded from its first loss of the season and came away with a big win over Weber State last night, 72-58. For the third straight game, LSU went on a cold spell late in the first half and allowed the opponent to make a run. With the Tigers leading 26-18 with under three minutes left in the half, Weber State went on a 9-2 run to cut LSU’s lead to 28-27 at the break. The Wildcats scored the first points of the second half, but Jarell Martin responded by scoring his first points on a dunk, and LSU took control of the game after that. Weber State tied the game at 41 with 14:35 remaining, but then the Tigers went on an 8-1 run on two Jordan Mickey jumpers and layups from Josh Gray and Tim Quarterman to lead 49-42 with just over 12 minutes remaining. The Wildcats never got closer than five, and LSU finished the game on a 15-7 run in the final seven minutes of the game for the final margin.

After struggling on Friday against Old Dominion, it was good to see Mickey bounce back in a big way with a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. Keith Hornsby added 18 points, four rebounds and four assists and Martin scored all 11 of his points in the second half and grabbed four rebounds. The Tigers committed 13 turnovers but forced 18 from the Wildcats and out-rebounded them 34-29. LSU shot 49.2% from the field (32-65), 83.3% from the free-throw line (5-6) and 37.5% from the 3-pt line (3-8). LSU held Weber State to 42.6% shooting from the field (20-47). 

LSU got hot from the field in the second half after only shooting 38% (13-34) in the first half. Led by Mickey’s 8-10 shooting in the second half, the Tigers shot 61% from the field (19-31).  After attempting 58 3-pointers in their first three games, LSU only attempted eight against the Wildcats and committed to its inside game to take control in the second half. The Tigers were also able to stay out of foul trouble, as Martin was the only Tiger with four fouls, and his fourth foul was committed with about five minutes remaining in the game with LSU ahead 61-53. All in all, it was a solid win for the Tigers.

LSU’s men return to action on Monday at 3pm CT against Clemson for their last game at the Paradise Jam Classic in the US Virgin Islands. There will be video streaming of the game and the broadcast will be available on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

In women’s basketball news, LSU’s Lady Tigers lost to No. 22 Rutgers, 64-57. For more on that game,  please see this article on LSUSports.net.

In closing, I’ll leave you with two good reads:

• This first one is about David LaCerte, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, sending a letter to Coach Miles Tuesday asking him to give walk-on Tiger player and war veteran Luke Boyd "a few snaps" in LSU's regular season finale at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. I sure would like to see that too. La. state official asks LSU coach Les Miles to give Luke Boyd 'a few snaps' vs. Texas A&M

• This second one is about legendary former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown being inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame tonight. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESNPU. Congratulations, Coach Brown! The honor is certainly well-deserved. Rendered humble & speechless, LSU legend Dale Brown is ready to join the elite

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11/22/14 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Yesterday was a busy day for email and I enjoyed hearing from many of you about my two recent Q&A’s with Mike Detillier. I also heard from a lot of you about two JUCO players - DT Jonathan Taylor and QB Chad Kelly. I wrote about Taylor yesterday, and I’ll give you my brief thoughts on Kelly today.

Chad Kelly is a quarterback who was kicked off of the Clemson team and then enrolled at East Mississippi Community College where he has excelled and earned the ranking of No. 1 JUCO dual-threat QB in the nation. Yesterday Brad Hoiseth of JCGridiron.com, a division of Rivals.com, reported that LSU had offered a scholarship to Kelley,  but then a couple of hours later Shea Dixon of 247Sports, whom I trust, reported receiving confirmation that LSU has not offered Kelly. Here are my two-cents on the Kelly situation: First, I don’t know if LSU has a big interest in Kelly, but if they do I could understand them wanting to keep it quiet until after LSU’s season is over so as to not affect the confidence of Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Second, I don’t know if LSU should have a big interest in Kelley. Reportedly, he was very disrespectful to the coaches at Clemson and displayed a lack of maturity after he was benched in the second half of the spring game, and this is what led to his dismissal.

In tomorrow’s report we’ll begin turning our attention to the upcoming LSU-Texas A&M game by looking at how the two teams compare stat-wise. Today we’ve got a bit of basketball news to report, so let’s get to it…

In men’s basketball news, the Tigers could not overcome a 10-point second half deficit and fell to 2-1 with a 61-70 overtime loss against Old Dominion. After LSU fired out to a 28-17 lead, the Monarchs went on a 16-2 run in the final seven minutes of the half to lead 33-30 at the break. ODU increased its lead in the second half to 50-40 before the Tigers went on a 17-7 run to tie the game at 57 with 4:35 remaining. After back-to-back field goals by ODU and a 3-pointer from Tim Quarterman, Jonathan Arledge made another field goal and Nik Biberaj nailed a 3-pointer to give ODU a 66-60 lead with 1:27 remaining. LSU failed to convert another field goal and only made one free throw while the Monarchs made four free throws down the stretch for the final margin of 61-70. Here are video highlights of the game.

Jarell Martin led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season in as many games. Hornsby added 15 points and five rebounds, with 10 of his points coming in the first half. Jordan Mickey struggled with foul trouble and only finished with five points and six rebounds, and Elbert Robinson continued to struggle offensively, finishing with just two points and one rebound. The Tigers committed 16 turnovers and only forced nine turnovers from the Monarchs, but out-rebounded them 40-38.  LSU shot 39.2% from the field (20-51), 64% from the free-throw line (16-25) and 31.3% from the 3-pt line (5-16).  LSU held ODU to 42.6% shooting from the field (26-61). 

LSU’s foul trouble in the first half allowed ODU to get back into the game, but the Tigers’ press in the second half threw the Monarchs out of rhythm and led to several turnovers and rushed shots that helped LSU get back in it. ODU was aggressive in the paint late in the second half, taking the ball to the rim and scoring inside with a hesitant Mickey playing with four fouls. LSU went cold in the final four minutes of the game, missing 6-of-7 shots and committing a turnover.  Overall, the lack of inside depth cost LSU with Mickey in foul trouble. Hopefully, younger players like Darcy Malone (2 points, 0 rebounds) and Robinson will be able to provide more scoring, rebounds and a defensive presence as they gain more experience during the season.

LSU’s men return to action today against the loser of Illinois State and Weber State at the Paradise Jam Classic in the US Virgin Islands at 4pm CT. The game will be carried online only by the CBS Sports Network and broadcast on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell landed a big recruit yesterday as Ayana Mitchell signed in the early signing period. Mitchell (F, 6-2, Conyers, GA) is a four-star recruit and is ranked as a Top-50 player. She will join the Lady Tigers for her freshman season in 2015-16 and will be a very welcome addition. Mitchell averaged 18.1 points, 12.4 rebounds 3.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as a junior and is also a solid student with a 3.6 GPA. 

The Lady Tigers will return to action against its first ranked opponent and its first opponent from a Power 5 conference as No. 22 Rutgers visits the Maravich Center this afternoon for a 2:02 p.m. tip-off.  The game will be carried online only by SEC Network Plus via www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

Two tidbits in closing:

• There were some great high school football games played in the second round of the state playoffs and you can find all the scores of last night’s playoff games here. 

• Our Ticket Exchange page has been updated.

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11/21/14 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, I’ve got Part 2 of 2 of my Q&A with College Football and NFL Analyst Mike Detillier to share with you today. In this installment, I get Mike’s thoughts on LSU’s defense this year and next, as well as his keys to an LSU victory against A&M. Of course, I also get his expert opinion on early departures since this is one of Mike’s areas of specialty. 

Part 2 of 2 - Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Football Defense, Early Departures & Keys to Victory

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m a little relieved that LSU doesn’t have a game this weekend so that I can get caught up on some honey-dos and get prepared for Thursday while watching a little football on the tube. Even though LSU won’t be playing, I’ll go ahead and post my weekly predictions for SEC games and a few in-state schools. 

Ole Miss 20 Arkansas 17
Tennessee 24 Missouri 21
Mississippi State 41 Vanderbilt 14
Alabama 51 Western Carolina 6
Auburn 48 Samford 6
Georgia 48 Charleston Southern 10  
Florida 34 Eastern Kentucky 20
South Carolina 42 South Alabama 10
UL-Lafayette 38 Appalachian State 23
UL-Monroe 35 New Mexico State 28
LA Tech 35 Old Dominion 10
McNeese 38 Lamar 24
Northwestern 31 Stephen F Austin 27 

In recruiting news, according to multiple reports, LSU will host former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor on an official visit this weekend. You might recall from previous reports that in 2012 Taylor signed with Georgia and redshirted his freshman year. Last year he played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman and his future at Georgia looked bright, but then he was dismissed from the program in July after being arrested on an aggravated assault/family violence charge. (He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.) The incident marked Taylor’s second run-in with the law this year. According to reports, LSU has been in contact with his lawyer and is monitoring the situation carefully. If his legal mess is cleared up, as some expect it will be, it is likely that LSU will push for his commitment, but I sure hope they do not until that happens. Sure, Taylor would fill a big need for LSU, and with him and Travonte Valentine (assuming he is ever cleared) at defensive tackle along with Davon Godchaux, Christian LaCouture and Quintin Thomas, the Tigers would be very deep and strong at the position in 2015. But considering the severity of the charges, and all the exposure domestic violence issues have received this year, LSU and Les Miles obviously need to tread carefully and see how this plays out before pursuing too strongly.

In basketball news, the LSU men’s team practiced yesterday at the Virgin Islands University Sports and Fitness Center in preparation for tonight’s opening round game in the 15th Annual Ezybonds Global Payments US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament. LSU (2-0) will face Old Dominion (2-0) in the third of four quarterfinal games tonight at 7:30 p.m. AST (5:30 p.m. Baton Rouge time), and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Tonight’s game ought to be a good one, as the Monarchs of Old Dominion are a good team that will present a challenge to LSU on defense and on the boards. So far this year, Ole Dominion has out-rebounded its opponents 40-27, and that will be something to watch in today’s game. Depending on what happens today, the Tigers will face either Illinois State or Weber State in the second game either tomorrow (4 p.m. CT if LSU loses) or 8 p.m. CT Sunday if LSU wins. Look for an update on tonight’s game in tomorrow’s report. 

A few tid-bits in closing: 

• Here’s a good read on four former Tigers - Alfred Blue, Jeremy Hill , Odell Beckham, Jr and Jarvis Landry - all having big performances in the NFL last weekend:  4 rookies from LSU lighting up the NFL. And speaking of Landry, here’s an interesting video that was produced with Landry wearing a microphone while he played in Sunday’s game between the Dolphins and Bills. It gives an interesting insight into what it’s like down on the field. 

• I will be updating our Ticket Exchange later today, so if you have LSU tickets to sell, please email me the info.

• The deadline for picking tonight’s Round 2 LHSAA football games in our Pickem Contest is 5 p.m.

 

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