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Link Gumbo: 2-6-18

Some hoops and recruiting headlines for this week.

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Louisiana State Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Should be a fun next couple weeks at LSU. The men’s basketball team picked up a nice win over Arkansas on Saturday as the women’s team continued their hot streak. Signing day is tomorrow and LSU is expecting some blue chip commits. Baseball begins their season in less than two weeks and softball will begin their 2018 campaign on Thursday. Finally, #GYMSZN rolled on last Friday as LSU got a win over highly ranked Kentucky. So let’s take a look at Tuesday’s headlines.

LSU outlasted Arkansas 94-86 in a shootout on the hardwood. Tremont Waters was back to the Tremont Waters of old that had seemed to be missing during a rough stretch for LSU. he dropped 27 points while dishing out 11 assists. LSU had four other scorers in double digits including Epps, Mays, Sampson, and Edwards. LSU was without freshmen Brandon Rachal, who Will Wade says will be ready for the game at Florida tomorrow.

On Sunday, the women’s hoops team went on the road at Kentucky and got a win 72-70. Nikki Fargas and the Tigers have now won five of their last six. Raigyne Lewis and Chloe Jackson continued to lead the way as they combined to score 37 points. Next up for LSU is a trip to Auburn on Thursday.

The football ops building will be buzzing tomorrow as it is signing day and LSU expects to add some blue-chip recruits. The biggest one being Patrick Surtain Jr, who LSU has been the leader for all of his recruitment. Surtain is the number one DB in the nation and a top 10 player overall. LSU could also possibly land Mario Goodrich, who is listed as an athlete but would most likely play defensive back at LSU. On the offensive side, LSU is still in the mix for QB James Foster. LSU seemed to be in a really good position with Foster for awhile before falling off a bit, although now it seems they have battled back and feel they have a decent shot at landing him. LSU will also be looking at adding Louisiana native, Ja’Marr Chase at receiver. Chase is a former Florida commit and almost committed to TCU in June, but LSU has since taken the lead. The only other hat he will have on the table is an Auburn hat.

If you’ve been curious as to why LSU has to deal with a harder 25-man signing cap, this Ross Dellenger piece will help to explain some things. Even with 25 new recruits, football will have just 83 scholarship players on the roster this fall, and that’s if there is no more roster attrition. Delly also has more here on how the early signing period has changed some timelines in recruiting and how LSU has adjusted.

Over at the Mothership, they are remembering some memorable signing day ceremonies, and other wild stories, plus discussing more of the top unsigned prospects.

We are just less than two weeks away from baseball at The Box. One thing LSU needs to do this year is replace former shortstop Kramer Robertson. Josh Smith might be the man to do it. Smith played third base last year and was one of the best defensive players in the SEC. Smith will now slide over to shortstop and will look to be the anchor of the Tiger’s defense.

Softball season starts on Thursday and to get you prepped our own Eric Saltzman has previews of what the pitching staff will look like as well as an offensive preview. It is a team that would like to go to the Women’s College World Series for a fourth year in a row.

DD Breaux and the Tigers got a win over 6th ranked Kentucky last Friday. The Tigers will travel to Missouri on Friday as they look to continue their stellar season.

As for the rest of the football team, they’re hard at work as you’d expect at this time.