Just when you think he is down for the count, just when you think he has overstayed his welcome, the 8th-year head coach pulls a rabbit out of his hat.
It seems just when the fans are
grumbling the loudest, when Brady's detractors' jeers are the ugliest, like a
Very similar to the 2002 and 2003 seasons when Brady's Tigers suffered through a New Year's slump, the team rebounded for a late season run that inevitably salvaged the season and secured Bray another year in Baton Rouge.
Brady is up to his old tricks, only
this time Brady isn't doing just enough to get by, he is racking up some
insurance points. With arguably one of the biggest wins of the John Brady era
last week defeating
Although Florida's big three – David Lee, Matt Walsh, and Anthony Roberson – racked up double-digit scoring tallies, LSU used an aggressive defensive effort, took advantage of a repeated trips to the charity stripe and flourished behind a 27-point effort from sophomore forward Brandon Bass.
With a momentous home date
remaining with SEC West leading
"It means a lot to me really,"
With consecutive wins over two of
the SEC's top teams (
"Me and Hud have pretty much been through it all," Whipple said. "The way I feel right now, if we keep playing how we are playing right now, there is no doubt in my mind that we are in (the NCAA Tournament)."
"I really don't want to put the pressure on everyone to do that, but like I said, this is my last time and I have to make a go at it. We have to make the best of it and do what we (Hudson and Whipple) can to push the team and go farther into the postseason."
Over the next two weeks, the question of whether or not LSU is in the NCAA Tournament will be uttered more than once. However, the Tigers must continue their winning ways to ensure their spot in the field of 65. Whipple said if LSU can maintain their current level of play, there is little doubt the Tigers will be dancing come March.
"I don't get caught up in all of that, are we in or not, that is up to the NCAA people," Whipple said. "But I feel like the way we are playing, good things will continue to happen. We should end up in the tournament."
So what lies ahead for John Brady's club?
By the time most of you read this,
LSU's showdown with
Just a few other prognostications,
a road date at
Ole Miss usually plays the Tigers
tough and LSU seems to struggle in
Hypothetically, if LSU can go 3-1 over its final four games that would place Brady's club at 18-9 overall and 11-5 in the SEC, which should be more than enough to get into the NCAA. But, just for arguments sake, don't rule out a 4-0 finish a 12-4 slate (which would match Brady's SEC record in the SEC Championship season of 2000) and at 19-8, LSU could be favored as high as a – say- five or six seed.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Matt Deville is the editor
of Tiger Rag Magazine. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.