Before the 6-7 freshman from Denham Springs could answer, former Tiger Collis Temple III spoke up with a firm voice.
The LSU Tigers, champions of the
Southeastern Conference, received word Sunday evening they will enter this
year's Big Dance a No. 4 seed. LSU is set to face No. 13 seed Iona in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday at Veteran's Memorial Arena in
Jacksonville, Fla. Grouped into the Atlanta Region, if LSU is to reach the
program's fourth-ever Final Four, it must do so by beating the tournament's
overall No. 1 seed Duke. Also bracketed in the Tigers region is powerhouse
"If you're going to go to a Final Four you've got to beat the No. 1 anyway unless you're the No. 1 seed," Brady said. "That just takes care of itself if we can win a game or two. The first game for us is the most important game and for me to look ahead, I don't think it would be prudent for me to do. The No. 4 seed was a bit lower than many had expected or projected."
Senior guard Darrel Mitchell says it doesn't bother him being lumped in with the likes of Duke.
"It's real good to be in the bracket that we are in," Mitchell said. "We are just going to have to bring our A-game each and every night. If we play the way we played throughout the season I think we can have a nice run in the tournament."
The Tigers (23-8) are coming off
their worst loss of the season, an 81-65 loss to
"I would have preferred to have played Friday simply because of Tyrus Thomas, but we weren't lucky enough to be assigned to a Friday game," Brady said. "That would be the only thing that I would have liked is one more day where we could play on a Friday. We're playing Thursday, and Tyrus worked out today with Coach (John) Treloar and did a nice job. The biggest thing with Tyrus may be his conditioning as opposed to his ankle by game time on Thursday."
Brady said he may mix up the time in which Thomas is in the game in hopes of allowing the 6-9 forward to have periods of rest throughout the game.
"We might just have to play Tyrus in short stretches," Brady said. "As opposed to playing 12 or 14 minutes straight, maybe he can just go five and take him out, let him rest and put him back in. The more he plays, the better he'll feel and the more comfortable he'll feel. We'll make more of a determination of that as the week goes on."
Darrel Mitchell also re-tweaked an
ankle injury in the Tigers 92-73 win over Vanderbilt Friday night. But the
"Even though we lost (to
For LSU this will be their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, second straight and LSU's sixth post-season appearance in the last seven years. It is the third time the Tigers have been given a fourth seed along with 1985 (a first round loss to David Robinson's Navy team) and 2000 (when LSU advanced to the Sweet 16 in John Brady's first NCAA appearance).
"Anytime you win the Southeastern Conference championship, it's a significant accomplishment," Brady said. "I'm proud of our players for the way they played, how they've improved and how well they've played together. There hadn't been a lot of Southeastern Conference championships won here in basketball at LSU, and we've been able to win two of them. This year was really special because of the type of people that we have on the team. I'm just really excited and happy for our players, but that part of our season is over."
LSU has lost its opening round
contest each of the last two trips to the Big Dance. The Tigers lost to Purdue
in 2003 while UAB upset LSU in the first round a year ago.