It was a backbreaker of a loss for the Men's team on Saturday at the home-away game in Bossier City. Down 14 at the half to Wichita State, the Tigers came back to take a 68-64 lead in the final minute only to see WSU knock down two 3s and win 70-69. They play North Texas in the PMAC on Wednesday before stopping for Christmas break. The First episode of Inside LSU Basketball is after the break.
The Lady Tigers had a bit of a donnybrook with La Tech in the 15th Pack the PMAC game. A 2nd half scuffle that resulted in 4 technical fouls was the main takeaway from the 68-53 win. The most surprising thing was the reported attendance of just 3,714, a far cry from the 11,252 record or 8-9,000 the Pack the PMAC promotion usually attracts.
There is always a football player or two who manage to give Miles and Mainieri scheduling headaches in the spring. Looks like this year it's going to be RB/OF Spencer Ware.
Note for future nebulous suspensions for unknown reasons: LSU has no automatic dismissal policy if a football player fails a test for recreational drugs.
The first of many Baseball preseason polls is out from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Here's the Top 5 and the rest of the SEC
Rank School ('10 Final Record)
1. Texas Christian (54-14)
2. Florida (47-17)
3. UCLA (51-17)
4. Clemson (45-25)
5. Vanderbilt (46-20)
14. South Carolina (54-16)
15. Louisiana St. (41-22)
25. Auburn (43-21)
32. Arkansas (43-21)
The rest of the SEC was represented high up in the Also Receiving Votes category, along with Northwestern St., USL, and Tulane. Mikie Mahtook was also named to their All-American 2nd Team. Negotiations for the hosting site of the SEC Tourney for 2012-2016 will continue early in the New Year, with the league office hinting that it may decide to rotate through a few locations, including Zephyr Field in Metarie.
Good news on the local beat, as Cox Sports signed a carriage agreement with Charter Cable adding the channel that hosts numerous live LSU men's/women's basketball and baseball games, along with the excellent Sunday Football Replays we referenced this year. It will be in the following parishes as of Jan 1: St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Mary, St. Landry, Jefferson Davis and Acadia.
Pretty good results in the Bowl Pick'em so far, with only 3 folks going 0-fer (one of them your humble blogger) Still plenty of time to join before this evening's kickoff of the *oh dear* Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.