However, for those of you who have
Most people are familiar with the Lady Tigers ascent to the top of the women's college basketball world. Pokey Chatman has developed LSU into the premiere program in the country and on Selection Sunday the Lady Tigers were awarded the nation's No. 1 overall seed.
But for those of you who wrote off John Brady's Tigers back in December when the Bayou Bengals were doing few things well, sit up and take notice because LSU is back. After closing out SEC play with a 12-4 overall record, including a seven-game winning streak and fighting tooth and nail in the most exciting game of the 2005 season in the league, Brady's Tigers have been fitted with their dancing shoes.
Saturday's heartbreaking loss to
"A No. 6 seed is fine," Brady said.
Sunday. "I thought we'd probably be a No. 6. They're sending us way out to
After the way the season began, the Tigers are tickled about being a No. 6 seed along with having the opportunity to take part in March Madness.
"We just want to get mentally focused that will and determination to play," said freshman forward Glen Davis. "It helps us all around. This is going to build so much character for us so we can be able to compete in the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully we can carry that competitiveness that we had in the SEC Tournament into the NCAA."
After logging plenty of frequent
flyer miles over the past two seasons, Chatman and Co. will enjoy a short flight
"It's hard to know what to expect
in those terms because everything is so new," Chatman said. "But when you talk
about atmosphere, I can't think of a place that has atmosphere anywhere like
Still not convinced LSU is growing rapidly into a basketball town?
Try this on for size.
For the first time in the history of the SEC, the SEC Men's and Women's Players of the Year came from the same school. Never before had a school swept those awards, but LSU did so this season when Brandon Bass and Seimone Augustus were named the top players in their respective league.
And not only is Bass and Augustus
from the same university, they are from the same high school. Each attended
The accolades have been plentiful
for Tiger hoopsters. Along with Bass, Augustus and
Temeka Johnson and Augustus were
both first team picks on the all-SEC team while Bass grabbed all-SEC first team
While we are talking honors, Bass
and senior Antonio Hudson were named to the SEC All-Tournament team. Bass hit a
jumper at the end of regulation sending Saturday's game with
He scored 21 points in the
quarterfinal win over
Now, now, all this basketball talk and spring football is up and running. Well, there is an update on Tiger football in this issue. But for now all eyes will be focused on both groups of Tigers as they have their sights set on the Final Four.
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag Magazine. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.