2013-14 SEASON PREVIEW

TSD publisher Ben Love prepares you for LSU's 2013-14 campaign on the hardwood, which begins Tuesday morning at Massachusetts. Come inside to get all the latest on the Tigers, including preseason player updates and season predictions.

LSU basketball enters season two under Johnny Jones Tuesday morning, when the Tigers travel to Amherst to take on the UMass Minutemen as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Classic.

Prepare yourself for the much-anticipated 2013-14 campaign with a bevy of preview materials from TSD publisher Ben Love.

Included below are feature stories, preseason updates, player profiles on all 11 eligible scholarship players, a review of LSU's exhibition win over Xavier (N.O.) and much more.

FREE BASKETBALL PREVIEW STORIES

Back with a Purpose (O'Bryant)
Sources: Jones may start three freshmen
LSU Media Day Coverage
Media Day Photo Gallery
HD VIDEO: Tim Quarterman
Hot on the Trail (recruiting)
Hornsby getting to work at LSU
Malone finding his way at LSU

PREMIUM BASKETBALL PREVIEW STORIES

LSU-UMass Preview
Interview Tidbits: Mickey's defense is key
LSU beats Xavier (N.O.) in exhibition 80-45
Splitting the Minutes
Freshmen Updates: Martin and Quarterman
Player Profile: PG Anthony Hickey
Player Profile: F Johnny O'Bryant
Player Profile: F Shavon Coleman
Player Profile: G Andre Stringer
Player Profile: F Shane Hammink
Player Profile: F Jarell Martin
Player Profile: F/C Darcy Malone
Player Profile: G Malik Morgan
Player Profile: F Jordan Mickey
Player Profile: F/C John Odo
Player Profile: PG Tim Quarterman

SEASON PREDICTIONS

Ben Love

Regular Season Record: 22-8, 12-6 in SEC
NCAA Bid, Seed: Yes, 8-seed

- Random Prediction 1: Jarell Martin will start this season almost exclusively on the perimeter, but the big freshman will be needed inside more and more as the season progresses. Couple that with the fact that he'll have to constantly move his feet to guard smaller, faster players (constantly leading to foul opportunities) on the wing, Martin will end 2013-14 as a guy playing a lot closer to the basket.

- Random Prediction 2: Jordan Mickey will finish the season second-team All-SEC for either the coaches, the AP or both in part by landing in the top three in the conference in blocked shots per game (averaging somewhere between 3.0 and 3.5 bpg).

- Random Prediction 3: Andre Stringer, currently eighth on the school's all-time list for three pointers made with 168, will skyrocket past a lot more names by season's end. He made 67 trifectas a year ago. Stringer will can more than 80 playing with this lineup in 2013-14.

Matt McCurdy

Regular Season Record: 23-7, 12-6 in SEC
NCAA Bid, Seed: Yes, 6-seed

- Random Prediction 1: Jordan Mickey will mess around and get a triple-double this season. The pogo-stick freshman reminds me of Tyrus Thomas.

- Random Prediction 2: Despite the talk of Tim Quarterman as a starter, Anthony Hickey will get his act together and take over the position, which is what LSU needs to happen. Quarterman will still play a lot, but Hickey needs to be a leader on this team and be its starting point guard.

- Random Prediction 3: LSU will sell out a home basketball game this year, for the first time in a long while. I'm looking at the Kentucky game on Jan. 28.


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