After a slow start this season, the
Tigers have been trying to generate momentum winning the games they should be
winning. However, fans were not happy with beating
Saturday, Brady delivered in impressive fashion upsetting No. 22 Mississippi State 67-62 and has his team bursting with momentum as they begin a road stint where LSU plays four of five games on the road.
While the naysayers and detractors remain firm in their anti-Brady stance, the eighth-year head coach has his team in a prime position to make a run toward the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons and the third under Brady at LSU.
And while there are those out there who still question the Tiger mentor and his ability to lead this team to success, the players are standing up and believing they can get the job done.
"We just try and put all of what the critics are saying behind us," said junior guard Darrel Mitchell. "It really doesn't matter what they are saying. We just try and come out and give the opponents our best. If we do on the road what we have done these last two games, I think we should have a good chance finish at the top on our side of the conference."
Senior reserve point guard Xavier Whipple knew this team was capable of the level of play at which they are
currently performing. In his last season as an LSU basketball player, the
"I knew it the whole time," Whipple said. "Everybody knew how good the team could be, but it was a matter of everyone putting it together and playing their part and playing together as a team. I think we have done that the last couple of games. If we keep playing as a team, I think when we play together, we are just as talented as any team in the country."
Freshman Glen Davis said the Tigers aren't done either.
"The sky is the limit for us,"
Mitchell believes Saturday's win
"This really boosts our confidence," Mitchell said. "We really needed this win. We came in with the mindset that we were going to get it. We came out and did the things that we said we needed to do and we got the win."
What lies ahead for this team?
While the Tigers have not played
well on the road i.e.
While the trip to
However, there is a great deal of basketball between now and then.
From the mailbag:
"I have to disagree with the person
who wrote in and said that wins were what put people in the stands at PMAC. It was salesmanship by Dale Brown. Brady may be a fine Xs & Os coach,
but he is unable to get out and sell his product to the people of a football
state. Dale was a, an, uh...
modestly talented coach, but he could and did go out and sell his product to the
fans EVERY YEAR. You don't do it
your 1st year and then assume people will come. Full arenas/stadiums impress both
recruits & TV, and also serve to intimidate opponents. I just don't think Brady grasps
this. He thinks he's at UNC or
- Bill Adams
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.