The 2014-15 LSU basketball season officially gets underway tomorrow as morning turns into afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
CLICK HERE to preview the Tigers’ noon opener versus Gardner-Webb.
With all the excitement building around what could be the program’s first NCAA Tournament team in six years, TSD is breaking down the team from every angle and providing a catalog of stories to help readers catch up with an eventful preseason.
Below are links and videos sections, both in order from most recent to oldest, followed by a slew of my season (and bold) predictions.
Enjoy, chime in on the free link below with your thoughts and be sure to follow TSD’s extensive coverage of LSU basketball from start to finish this season!
LSU BASKETBALL LINKS
Rebounding the focus for LSU
Mickey, Martin named preseason All-SEC
Martin reacts to exhibition scoring spree
Morehouse no match for LSU in exhibition
First scrimmage was eye-opening defensively
Eric Musselman finding his niche at LSU
Johnny Jones’ extension, raise approved
Media picks LSU fourth in SEC
Could Josh Gray be one-and-done at LSU?
VIDEOS: Jordan Mickey wins LSU dunk contest
Mickey talks improved shot, making NCAAs
Darcy Malone talks inside role
Bruce, Keith Hornsby share more than a name
Media Day Coverage: LSU Basketball
Weight over, ER3 onto the “learning part”
Odd couple jelling in LSU backcourt
RECRUITING LINK: Early Signing Period Preview
RECRUITING LINK: Simmons best signee since Shaq
SEC LINK: Goodwill after recent March run?
SEC LINK: Impact of the SEC Network
LSU BASKETBALL VIDEOS
Bold Prediction No. 1: LSU will lead the country in blocked shots. Having human eraser Jordan Mickey is a good start and the biggest reason behind this leap of faith, but the addition of 7-foot-1 freshman center Elbert Robinson III can’t be understated. Nor can the Tigers’ remarkable length across the board, including lineups that frequently feature 6-foot-10 Jarell Martin at the three and 6-foot-6 Tim Quarterman at the one or the two. The exhibition game helped inform this bold prediction as LSU swatted away 13 Morehouse shots.
Bold Prediction No. 2: Both Jarell Martin and Josh Gray will average north of 15 points a game for the Tigers this season. Neither will quite hit 20 ppg – there are other mouths to feed – but the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles natives, respectively, will fill it up at a high rate. For their efforts I expect both will make (the eight-man) All-SEC first team by season’s end. That’s assuming Kentucky leaves a few spots for the rest of us.
Season Prediction: I’ll say LSU trips twice during 13 non-conference games with the most likely loss coming at West Virginia Dec. 4. As for play in the SEC, which will be more balanced at the top after Kentucky this season, I’ve vacillated between 10-8 and 11-7, but I’ll give LSU the shooter’s bounce and go 11-7. Add it all up, and I have the Tigers at 22-9 entering the conference tournament in Nashville, where one additional win would make Johnny Jones’ team a slam-dunk Big Dance attendee. I’ll pencil ‘em in as a No. 8 or 9 seed, and I’ll also give the SEC five teams into the NCAA Tournament.