Brady Bunch Can't Shoot Straight

FAYETTEVILLE — With about six minutes left in the LSU-Arkansas basketball game on Saturday, Tigers coach John Brady got up for the umpteenth time to make a point with a player or official.

"Sit down, Brady!" chanted the UA student section in Bud Walton Arena.

Brady obeyed and gave a little wave of acknowledgement. The students roared their approval.

"I was just having fun," Brady said later. "In my younger days I would have gotten offended by that, but now I take it as a sign of respect. I've come in here and won as much as anybody has, so when they get a chance to beat me they're going to take advantage of it."

Indeed, LSU had beaten Arkansas in seven of the eight previous meetings, although Arkansas still leads the series 26-17, including 22-12 as a Southeastern Conference member.

Brady went through his array of Greek tragedy-type faces during LSU's 72-52 loss, but was able to joke afterwards, "Well, we were consistent offensively — we scored 26 in each half."

Though the No. 16 Tigers are caught short on outside shooters this season, Brady isn't about to criticize them publicly, lest they read his comments on the Internet and lose even more confidence.

So he said, "I need to do a better job. Our team tried hard to carry out the game plan. We tried all seven ways we have to beat the zone, so I need to give them something better."

Brady shuddered when he saw that LSU's next opponent, Vanderbilt, had beaten Kentucky at Lexington on Saturday.

"We've got to get better," he said.

On a day when LSU got most of the out-of-bounds calls, Brady pointed out that the Tigers only shot eight free throws in a pretty physical game.

"That's a column for you to write," Brady joked to an LSU beat writer.

In a jumbled SEC West that no one seems to want to seize, Brady recalled a recent year in which Alabama won the division with a 9-7 record, followed by LSU at 8-8.

"You could have one of those year, maybe," he said.

Brady, 52, is 180-116 in his 10th year at LSU. He's the type of colorful character that used to spice the old Southwest Conference but is in short supply in today's SEC.



THAT FIGURES

Arkansas outrebounded LSU 22-12 in the second half...

The Razorbacks collected 19 assists in their 26 field goals, while LSU was credited with just 10 assists out of 21 baskets...

There were just five fouls called in the first half — three against LSU, two against Arkansas...

Sonny Weems did a good job of letting the game come to him, as he scored 13 points in 38 minutes for Arkansas, with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and no turnovers...

SEC assists leader Gary Ervin of Arkansas improved his 5.33 average by dishing seven assists.



UGLY BENGALS?

"We're not a pretty team to watch when we come down and have to grind it all the time," Brady said. "When you can't make consecutive baskets, the other parts become glaring. You need some baskets to stay encouraged."

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