The LSU men's and women's basketball teams are off to great starts in SEC play as each team is undefeated in league play.
On the men's side, the Tigers, behind the power of a youth movement, are off to a 2-0 start in league play for only the second time in nine seasons under John Brady. After a tough pre-conference schedule, Tyrus Thomas and host of freshmen have the Tigers surging into conference play.
"It is a long season," Brady said. "We have 14 more of these (SEC games) left. I have seen it change quickly for the better and for the worse.
Brady is remaining cautious because he knows personally just how fast things can turn. Two seasons ago, he opened the SEC 2-0 and cracked the top 25 after a win at Florida. The Tigers were 17-4 and all was well. But an injury to the team's leading scorer (we won't dare mention his name) and LSU dropped seven of their last eight games.
No, don't take that as a jinx. This year's team is much more talented and deeper than the 2003-04 Tigers.
On the other side of the hardwood, the Lady Tigers are looking to have a breakout season in the SEC, rather remain at the pinnacle of the sport. LSU has been ranked in the top three in the nation the entire season and all they have done is pound one ranked opponent after another.
How LSU does at UConn (as a of press time tipoff was just about 24 hours away) will determine if the Lady Tigers remains one the short list of teams that can contend for the national title.
In other news, name calling was in the air as some Ole Miss fans took offense to one TigerRag.com's opinion. David Toms put up a great score last Saturday at the Sony Open and Marcus Vick just can't keep himself out of trouble.
It is all here in our latest rant.
For only the second time in a decade, the LSU Tigers got off to a 2-0 start in the SEC play. Just days after losing a heartbreaker at Connecticut, the Tigers rebounded by stealing a road win at Arkansas 65-58. LSU's Tasmin Mitchell stepped up big for a struggling Tiger offense to lead Brady's club to a huge road win. Saturday's 14-point win over previously once-beaten Tennessee was a huge boost for LSU as they head to Starkville.
To Tyrus Thomas. This guy keeps getting better and better. Prior to Saturday's win over Tennessee, Brady told Thomas he needed to be more dominant in the paint. So what does Thomas do? He nearly logs a triple double with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots. It is making Brady a bit nervous these days as Thomas has become all the rage in discussions about the NBA Draft. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford lists Thomas as the 9th best player in the country projecting him as a lottery pick to mid first round.
To Glen Davis. Lost in the shuffle of Tyrus-Mania, the sophomore big man has had a tremendous second season in purple and gold. Versus Tennessee, Davis scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half to lead all scorers. Oh by the way, it looks as if Davis might be back for his junior year. Ford lists "Big Baby" as the 63rd best player in the nation and a potential late second round pick.
To Fox Sports analyst Eddie Fogler. The former South Carolina head coach had some nice things to say about the Tigers, but equally negative things to say about LSU's fickle hoops fanbase. "I'm kind of blown away here. I want to say this nicely, this LSU team is exciting to watch. They are very, very good. I would encourage all you LSU fans watching to get in this arena and fill this place up. This team deserves a packed audience. I'd buy a ticket in a heartbeat to come back and watch LSU. I'd love to be back here and watch this basketball team play. They deserve a full crowd here. Tiger fans, pack this place at your home games. You've got an OUTSTANDING basketball team!"
To Ole Miss fans. Tiger Rag recruiting analyst Sonny Shipp was a pretty hot topic on the Ole Miss Spirit website last week. Shipp referred to Rebel football coach Ed Orgeron as a "clown," which enraged most of the Rebel web surfers. Maybe Sonny did get in wrong in referring to Orgeron a "clown." Clowns typical tend to make people happy, bringing laughter and joy to all they encounter. It is pretty fair to say there wasn't much to be happy about in Oxford this season as O's first year run at Ole Miss was one of the worst performances by an SEC team in recent years. The only laughing heard around Oxford last fall was that of opponents chuckling at the Rebels' putrid excuse for offense.
To the Lady Tigers. While at the time this was written it was unknown whether or not LSU had beaten UConn or not, the season (so far) has been a rousing success. LSU has dominated every opponent it has played and defeated five ranked opponents by an average score of 21 points, including two top 10 teams.
To Marcus Vick. Does this guy ever take a break? Just a week after getting kicked off the Virginia Tech football team for a blatant personal foul penalty in the Hokies Gator Bowl win over Louisville, Vick was arrested for brandishing a gun at some teenagers at a Blacksburg area McDonalds. How many bonehead things can this kid get himself into? It is likely no NFL team is going to take a chance on him after all of these problems. It is more likely he and Maurice Clarett can buddy with Lawrence Phillips and Cecil Collins and chat about how much money (and talent) they combined to waste.
To David Toms. David Toms set a course record with a 9-under 61 and it still wasn't enough to take the lead Saturday in the Sony Open in Hawaii, which has turned into a two-man race between Toms and the equally hot Chad Campbell. Toms finally caught him (Campbell) with a two-putt birdie on the 18th, setting the tournament record at Waialae Country Club since it changed to a par 70 in 1999. Davis Love III still has the course record of 12-under 60 in 1994. "I was just trying to keep up," Toms said. "I made a couple of putts I wasn't supposed to make, but that's what you do when you have a hot round."
To LSU football and baseball player Chris Jackson. It was learned at LSU baseball practice Wednesday that third baseman Chris Jackson will miss the 2006 season with elbow surgery and may likely never play baseball again for the Tigers. Jackson said he underwest Tommy John surgery in Baton Rouge by Dr. Mark Field. Jackson said he had injured the elbow during his sophomore season in high school, but it hasn't bothered him in some time. However, in the Tigers 34-7 win at Vanderbilt during football season, Jackson got hit on the elbow, thus making surgery necessary.
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