There are haves, have nots and perhapses.
If perhapses is even a word, but …
The haves are
The other three are good, solid clubs.
The rest of those perhapses you can
throw in a big bunch as they'll fight for one or two NCAA spots. They are, with
their SEC records as of Sunday in parentheses, LSU (2-2),
In the case of LSU, the Tigers have
victories over two in that last group,
LSU opened with a league loss at
The truth is, LSU is right on course. But here's where it gets interesting.
Of course, the Tigers have to win the games we expect them to, Wednesday's Ole Miss match being one of them.
But somewhere along the line, they
have to do something special if they want to avoid the NIT. The next big chance
is Saturday, when
Winning a game on the road wouldn't
be a bad idea, either. LSU lost at
Nonetheless, the elements still
remain for LSU to make a good run at the NCAA Tournament. Freshman Glen Davis
has established himself as a big-time college basketball player. He nearly
single-handedly won the
Sophomore Brandon Bass is another legitimately really good college player who has his stretches when he carries LSU. Together, Bass and Davis are the best two young big guys on the same team in the country.
And sophomore Ross Neltner is giving valuable minutes, which LSU desperately needs.
The backcourt of Tack Minor, Darrel Mitchell, Antonio Hudson and Xavier Whipple can do the job, but here's the hook:
Tack Minor has to be really good. He has yet to show that on the road in a
victory that matters. He was OK in a loss at
Minor has all the tools. When he's on, he's remarkable. When he taking ill-advised shots and/or turning the ball over, he's a rally killer.
This may be scary but: If the others remain constant, it might all come down to Minor whether LSU is a have not or, perhaps, a perhaps.