Basketball

GAMETHREAD: LSU at SMU; 8 pm, ESPN

LSU may not have lived up to weighty expectations this season, but a win at SMU would be a pretty mighty accomplishment for Johnny Jones and Jordan Mickey in a Dallas-area homecoming.

LSU 71, San Fran 63: A Bill Walton Fever Dream

With Bill Walton on the call and a late tip, it's tempting to think LSU's best road win of the season was a dream from Walton's wacky brain. But nope, the Tigers really did defend the 3, make a few of their own and hold off a late rally for an NIT W.

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LSU at San Francisco; 9 pm, ESPNU

The Tigers could use any kind of postseason success after a middling close to the season. The Dons will be another tough out on the road.

In Praise of the Bracket

There's nothing better than the NCAA tournament

NIT-picking: LSU hoops off to San Francisco

The Tigers are in postseason play for just the third time in eight years. So why doesn't this feel better?

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GAMETHREAD: LSU vs. Kentucky

LSU gets another crack at Kentucky after the heartbreaking OT loss in Rupp Arena last month. This one means more.

LSU 68, Alabama 56: ATLast

The Tigers hobbled into Atlanta as an erratic, but talented team. LSU rolled the Tide and looked pretty darn good doing it. If they repeat that performance, LSU has a chance against Kentucky in the quarters on Friday.

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GAMETHREAD: LSU vs. Alabama; 6 pm

The Tide and Tigers tangle. Too bad this one isn't on the gridiron, because it's not exactly an enthralling or high-stakes matchup in this SEC Tournament opener.

Georgia 69, LSU 61: All Bark, No Bite

The Tigers delivered one last puzzling performance Saturday, losing to Georgia at home and wrapping up a season heavy on expectations and thin on improvements.

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GAMETHREAD: Georgia at LSU; 4 pm, Fox Sports Net

There's not a ton on the line other than some minor SEC Tournament seeding details, but it could be an emotional farewell for three Tigers likely playing in the PMAC for the final time. Oh, some payback vs. Georgia would be nice, too.

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LSU 57, Vanderbilt 51: Bar All The Dores

It was an ugly win. The game tape deserves to be locked up in a vault and the key tossed away. But it was a road victory. Unfortunately for LSU, it's not exactly a confidence booster, especially with no road games left.

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GAMETHREAD: LSU at Vanderbilt; 6pm, ESPN2

A road win would be too little, to late by now for LSU, except for potentially building momentum for an SEC Tournament berth. Do the Tigers have a Want to grit one out against a scrappy Vandy squad in a wacky arena?

The Top 10 LSU Basketball Games of This Millennium

It's been a rocky ride for LSU basketball this century, but that doesn't mean it's been lacking for great games. The Tigers have reached some highs every so often, producing big drama along the way. Here's part 3 counting down those classic contests.

No. 1 Florida 79, LSU 61: No Gator Aid

Florida was better. There's no shame in that. But LSU's lack of resilience and fight in yet another road game only further drove the point home: This program has a long way to go.

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GAMETHREAD: LSU at No. 1 Florida; 3 pm, CBS

There's no more second chances for LSU, as the Tigers get their first shot at the Gators this season. They'll have to top No. 1 to keep NCAA hopes alive. Follow along for updates and more.

LSU 68, Texas A&M 49: The Gig Is Up

LSU finally halted its defensive woes with a lock-down effort, aided by some Aggie misfires. The Tigers handled business, but need Jarell Martin and the rest of its "Solid Six" to keep playing big with trips to Florida and Vanderbilt ahead.

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GAMETHREAD: Texas A&M at LSU, 7 pm

The Texas A&M loss was the low point for this LSU team. The Tigers have a chance to redeem themselves in the PMAC against the suddenly surging Aggies.

No. 18 Kentucky 77, LSU 76: Hickey and Heartbreak

Heartbreak in the Bluegrass State, Or Feeling Blue. LSU turned in a gutsy, focused performance, but couldn't overcome a few squandered opportunities and Julius Randle's late put-back in a tough overtime loss at Rupp Arena.

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GAMETHREAD: LSU at No. 18 Kentucky; 3 pm, ESPN

There's no Ice Dome, no home crowd to push LSU this time. The Tigers will have to claw it out with the Wildcats if there's still any hope for postseason play. Kentucky might not oblige this time.

The Best LSU Hoops Games This Millennium: Part 2

It's been a rocky ride for LSU basketball this century, but that doesn't mean it's been lacking for great games. The Tigers have reached some highs every so often, producing big drama along the way. Here's part 2 counting down those classic contests.

LSU 92, Mississippi State 81: Fool's Gold

The Tigers needed a win of any kind to erase the sting of the last two weeks. They got it, but the warning signs that flared up during recent woes were still there even as LSU handled a lousy Bulldogs squad.

Texas A&M 83, LSU 73: The Death Knell

Different road venue, same LSU team. The Tigers again shrunk from the moment outside the PMAC, striking a death blow to their NCAA Tournament chances and fully burying the momentum of this program's potential resurgence.

Road Woes Continue: LSU Falls at Georgia, 91-78

A brutal loss at the halfway point of the conference schedule.

The Top-10 LSU Games This Millennium: Part 1

It's been a rocky ride for LSU basketball this century, but that doesn't mean it's been lacking for great games. The Tigers have reached some highs every so often, producing big drama along the way. Here's part 1 counting down those classic contests.

LSU 88, Arkansas 74: Hog for Dinner

No, beating Arkansas at home won't put LSU on the right side of the bubble. But the way LSU put the Razorbacks away from basically the opening tip could bode well as the Tigers hit the road for the next two weeks.

LSU 87, Kentucky 82: Welcome to the Ice Dome

Maybe it needs to snow more often in Baton Rouge. LSU has rarely looked better, pushing past a talented Kentucky squad for the signature win of the Johnny Jones era.

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