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LSU’s gameplan tonight? Swarm Julius Randle

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Yesterday, LSU freshmen Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin met with the media to preview tonight’s game against the Cats.  Predictably, they were asked about Julius Randle, whom they both played against in high school.  Mickey, also a Dallas native on the Wayman Tisdale Watch List, said that even in high school, it was “a challenge” playing Randle, and that he thinks he’s improved a lot since then:

“He’s improved a lot. Of course, he could always put the ball on the floor and dribble well.  He always had great post moves down low on the block, and now he’s just, he’s scoring from outside of the free throw line. He can shoot the ball better now and he’s dribbling a lot better.”

After starting earlier this season, Jarell Martin has come off the bench for the Tigers in recent games, finding his groove as the team’s sixth man.  He was a McDonald’s All-American last season, and had nothing but nice things to say about Kentucky’s freshmen, namely Randle, whom he played against once in high school.  While Martin praised Randle’s competitiveness, he said he wasn’t a good on-ball defender, and the Tigers will focus on getting him in foul trouble early, a strategy his teammate Mickey agreed with: “Yeah, we want to try to go at him early in the game, of course.”  Everyone’s favorite Irishman Johnny O’Bryant will certainly help that effort.

When in doubt, kick it out, Julius.

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13 Comments for LSU’s gameplan tonight? Swarm Julius Randle

  1. twnky
    1:36 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    sorry if this has been cleared up already, but is the game for sure @8 now?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:38 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, it will be played as scheduled. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. EST.

    • twnky
      2:04 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks for clearing that up. GO CATS!!!!

  2. jezz
    1:57 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    If we were a better 3 pt shooting team, life would be so much easier for Randle and this team would be great.

    I’ve watched some of every other team, including the top teams.

    Absolutely no one in the country gets triple and double teamed like Randle. Kid is handling it fairly well but he would be averaging 20 and 13 easy if we had decent shooters to open up the floor, and I mean as a long term solution, not just one night because teams wouldn’t game plan against Julius systematically.

    • DH
      4:04 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

      If we were making more threes there wouldn’t be as many rebounds for him to get and he wouldn’t need to score as much… Jus sayin

  3. Jarod
    2:00 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Swarming Julius seems to be the only game plan for teams

  4. Top Quality Meats
    2:09 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Swarming Julius worked earlier in the year when Baylor and UNC did it. The problem teams are starting to encounter now is that the Harrison twins and Young are playing at a much higher level in all areas…and Julius is getting better at passing. Swarm him all you want – and get torched by someone else.

    Cat’s by 7.

  5. Jesus
    2:16 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Earlier in the season Randle was one of our weakest defenders. There’s no denying that. But his defense has stepped up considerably since conference play. He’s making blocks now whereas at the beginning of the season he would have fouled the guy. The other part to the equation is the fact that this team can win at LSU without Randle.

  6. bigblue091812
    2:44 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    The difference now is when you double and triple team Randle you get beat by Andrew, Aaron, James, Alex and WCS. It opens it up for the 3 or for the wings to drive it to the hole and it opens up the lob for Alex and Willie. I think it’ll be the best win for the CATS on the road so far this year, CATS by 12+. Also on a side note, a friend of mine who it pains me to say pulls for the low life scum in red to the west of here is always stating how LOSERVILLE is blowing the weaker teams out and UK don’t. Like most LOSERVILLE fans being uneducated about sports he doesn’t understand that every team we play fears our inside game and players and playing a zone against the CATS it will all the fouls they commit against us slows the game down and we don’t average as many shots as they do. No one fears LOSERVILLE inside players and it’s just up and down the court. There’s games that Russ Smith shoots almost half as many shots as the UK team, I would love to see one game where zone isn’t played against us at all.

  7. Tattoos R Us
    2:48 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    If they do swarm Radle, it is a perfect opportunity for WCS and Dakari to step up and make Lose Stool University pay in the paint, as well as for our guards to strart knocking down more mid and long range shots… they are capable, will they be focused?

  8. Tattoos R Us
    2:53 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Was the Georgia game UK’s turning point? Did everything click? Will it hold?

    If yes:
    Cats by 12

    If not:
    LSU by 2

  9. Al/in/Indy
    3:42 pm January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Cats by 9,

  10. Catcard
    12:05 am January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t worry BBN!! The twins are leaving and they are terrible!!