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Dang, what a game. LSU looked great and continue to improve. Move to 2-5 in SEC with 2 very winnable games coming up.
Attached is the recap and photo's from the game. GEAUX TIGERS!
Nice recap! I appreciate your posts on basketball because I haven't had much time to follow them closely myself. Did get to watch the last few minutes of the first half on TV last night, but for some reason the 2nd half was blacked out here. Caught the last 7 or so minutes on the radio after I left the gym. It looks like an area that needs improvement is rebounding, especially after allowing Mizzou 16 offensive boards last night. I'm interested in seeing how things are going to be next year when this team has more size. Also, if I'm not mistaken that's 4 consecutive double doubles for JOB.
Rebounding is gonna be tough for this team because our lack of height. Del Piero is 7'3" but he cant go to the rebound due to a lack of quickness. That being said I was happy with our rebounding last night. Missouri is 2nd in the NCAA with 42.5 rebounds per game and we held them well under that. They are athletic and big. That is what Jones has planned for the future of LSU basketball and it starts next year with the additions of Deng, Odo, Mickey, and Martin.
We blocked out well in the first half, in the second half it seemed like we just quit. Good game by LSU. Making 3's, creating and converting on turnovers, and keeping JO3 out of foul trouble are the keys to LSU's success...we did them all last night.
I agree. I think we struggled to block out in that zone. We were only down 17-16 at half time on rebounds. Was very happy there. We gave up too many tip ins in the second half, but we also forced them to take a ton of shots outside the paint, which was the plan.
I'll say, the half court offense was by far the best it's looked all season. JOB learning how to pass out of the post has paid dividends. The last 3 games he hasn't gotten double teamed as much cause if they do, he gets a wide open pass. Really good stuff and it will only get better.
I have been on JOB III cases at times this year with his early season lack of good decisions on the floor. His timing and floor game suffered sometimes.
I did give him the benefit of the doubt that his rebounding and movement in low post may improve when his injured ankle got better. Each game since Georgia, he has improved in that regard.
He actually took it to the Mizzou bigs last night in more than a couple of plays. He rebounded well, moved his feet much better to gain position (which did not lead to a few petty hand check/slap fouls) and he made a couple of nice post passes working in tandem with Shavon Coleman who finally got some passes under the basket before the taller guys could shut it down or block it. It shows they are starting to look to each other better and make smarter decisions with the ball. JOB III didn't take too many ill advised fall aways last night. LOL
His best game IMO as a Tiger. And he finally showed what his physicality can do.
This also was a very good game (especially first half) from Hickey and Andre Stringer. The second half and particularly the last 10 minutes, LSU did not block out or shut down the lane for Pressley like they did in the first half, and it nearly cost them. Pressley dominated the lane, made his outlet to 3 point shooters, tossed in teardrops and layups.
Thanks for the write ups , your formulas, and the photos and article was awesome.
I appreciate it. You are a great Tiger basketball fan.
This post was edited by hartjb 15 months ago
Regards to All,
I really agree on all points.
Johnny O'Bryant has really grown up the past 4 or 5 games. I think it starts with his ability to pass out of the double team. Early on he couldn't do it, but since he has shown that ability, less double teams come. With man on man, he is able to make some really nice post moves. If the double team comes he passes to an open guy.
At this pace I think it is very possible he has a game or two where he leads the team in assists.
On the rebounding front, LSU did a really nice job in the first half. They are still learning the zone defense and definitely cannot rebound well out of it. It did limit Missouri's first shot, but left too many open offensive rebound opportunities. LSU has also been a very impressive o rebounding team, and were held to only 3. It was our first game with less than 10 offensive rebounds and we still won. Missouri is 2nd in NCAA in rebounds for a reason, they are solid down there.
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