There is never a bad time to have a team that is 1-4 in conference play come play you at home. However, for our Kentucky Wildcats, I would call this a GREAT time. Coming off two games in the state of Alabama that were polar opposites, the Cats look to get their feet back under them tomorrow at Rupp Arena.
The Louisiana State University Tigers are coming to town. The only things I know about them are football related. Their football coach eats grass and their star player smoked it.
Lucky for us, this is a basketball game. Let’s get to know the Bayou Bengals. Does that sound good to you? I thought so. Let’s Know Your Enemy: Louisiana State Tigers.
Louisiana State University is located in Baton Rouge, LA. My knowledge of Baton Rouge isn’t extensive, but I do know Garth Brooks needed an operator to put him through so he could send his love there. When you really think about it, that song is incredibly dated. Now the song would be like “Hey there guy, what’s the wifi password? I need to send my love down to Baton Rouge? Hurry up, I gotta get her on Skype. I gotta talk to the girl before bedtime.”
Notable Basketball Alumni:
Peter Maravich- Known to most as “Pistol Pete”, Maravich is the all time leading scorer in NCAA Division one basketball. He scored 3,667 career points, averaging 44.2 points per game. 44.2!! And he did BEFORE THE THREE POINT LINE!!! Dale Brown went back and charted all of Maravich’s college games. He concluded that Maravich would have made 13 threes PER GAME, which would have brought his scoring average to 57 points per game.
What makes the career point total even more ridiculous is that he did it in three seasons. When Pete played, freshman weren’t allowed to play varsity. He was the SEC player of the year in each of his three seasons at LSU and in 1970 was named the Naismith and AP College Player of the Year.
Pete was picked 3rd in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, averaging 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists for his career. He retired in 1980 due to chronic knee problems.
Maravich passed away in 1988 at the age of 40 during a pick up game due to a previously undetected heart defect.
At LSU for three seasons, Shaq averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, and over 4 blocks PER GAME. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first pick of the 1992 NBA Draft.
His basketball accomplishments are many, and they are impressive. He is a 15 time All-Star, a 4 time World Champion, a 3 time NBA Finals MVP, the 2000 NBA MVP, and 1993 Rookie of the Year, just to name a few.
He is currently part of the NBA on TNT studio crew with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith. He has a new show set to debut on February 21st on truTV called “Upload.” What is Upload? It’s Shaq’s version of Tosh.0 and Ridiculousness. Sounds like must-miss TV to me.
Chris Jackson- Jackson, who would later change his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, was one of the best college guards ever. He played two seasons at LSU, averaging 29 points and nearly 4 assists per game. He was named First Team All American and SEC Player of the Year in each of his collegiate seasons.
He was the 3rd pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played 9 years in the NBA, averaging 14.6 points per game and shooting over 90% from the free throw line.
Dance Team Scouting Report:
The LSU dance team is a long time favorite for many of us here at KSR. When some creepy old man first had the idea for dance teams, this is exactly what he had in mind. In fact, LSU’s dance team is so spectacular I’m going to stop writing about them and give you more pictures. Enjoy.
I’m not sure why that lady in the middle is wearing white, but if she’s a bride she picked out the best bridesmaid’s dresses of all time. Or maybe she’s an angel. I can operate off either assumption.
Take a moment. Breath. Continue reading. Or stay here. Just promise me you’ll breath.
LSU’s dance team performs their dance routines at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. This also happens to be where LSU plays basketball. They schedule the 1st half before the dance team’s performance and the 2nd half after the performance. It’s weird for the main event to happen in the middle, but Les Miles eats grass. LSU isn’t exactly a “normal” place.
Their basketball history is quite good. From 1979-1993, LSU missed only two NCAA tournaments, yet won only one SEC Tourney in this time period (1980). They have 20 all time NCAA appearances, 9 Sweet Sixteens’s, 6 Elite Eights, and 4 Final Four appearances. Their most recent Final Four was in 2006, a team that featured Glen “Big Baby I’ll Eat Everything I See” Davis and Tyrus Thomas. In 2009 Marcus Thornton led the Tigers to the SEC regular season crown, their 10th in history.
When I think of LSU basketball, I think of Dale Brown. When I think of Dale Brown, I think of the first SEC tournament I ever attended. It was 1992. We were in Birmingham and Shaq had just been thrown out of the game for fighting a Tennessee player in a quarterfinal game. Dale Brown was outraged at the refs and was going crazy. The crowd was booing him and yelling at him. All of a sudden a chant broke out across the arena… Light as first. “throw dale out, throw dale Out, throw Dale Out!” Then it grew. Quickly. Soon it was booming in the arena. “THROW DALE OUT! THROW DALE OUT! THROW DALE OUT!!” I honestly don’t remember if he was tossed or not. It didn’t matter. As a young kid, this chanting thing was awesome to me.
Since then, I’ve associated LSU basketball with two things; the “THROW DALE OUT” chant in Birmingham and the 31 point comeback my brother and I stayed up to watch even though we were supposed to be in bed.
Full disclosure: Until right now I had no idea who was coaching LSU’s basketball team. Then I saw his name. And I STILL HAD NO IDEA.
His name is Johnny Jones, which I must say is a pretty awesome name. Johnny Jones is one of those names where you always say the full name when referring to the person. Johnny Jones, a longtime LSU assistant under Dale Brown (’84-’97), was at North Texas from 2001-2012. Johnny Jones led the Mean Green to two NCAA tournaments during his tenure, and from 2007-2011 Johnny Jones and the Mean Green put together five straight 20 win seasons.
Johnny Jones played his college basketball at LSU and competed as a freshman in the 1981 Final Four. Johnny Jones will bring his current LSU team into Rupp Arena with a 10-6 (1-4 SEC) record.
The last meeting between these two teams occurred in March of 2012 at the SEC Tournament in New Orleans. The game was won 60-51 by your Wildcats. MKG led the way with 19 points, while Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis both provided double-doubles. Speaking of double-doubles at last year’s SEC tourney, Bourbon Street provided it’s share.
UK should and will win this game. Will you think, “we can’t beat anyone”, at times? Yes. Will you think, “they’re getting it!”, at times? Yes. In reality, we are still somewhere in between. Try not to let it frustrate you. After all, it’s the weekend. No matter the outcome, play the KSR drinking game and you’ll be primed and ready for a great night out on the town doing whatever you like to do. If you’re staying in, just google image search “LSU dance team.” Can’t go wrong there.