LSU HOOPS: Men's Basketball Notebook

The LSU men's basketball team is picking up national attention of various degrees from several of the pre-season publications hitting the newsstands in recent days. Lindy's annual is picking LSU No. 12 in its preseason poll and pushing LSU for a Sweet 16 advancement in the NCAA Tournament with its Final Four picks being Florida, Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio State.

Of LSU, its parting shot is "With the addition of transfers Dameon Mason and Terry Martin, and the return of (Glen) Davis, this will be a deeper team than last season. Point guard play will determine if it proves to be better."


In Lindy's Player Ratings, Tasmin Mitchell is listed as the nation's 12th best small forward and Glen Davis, the No. 2 power forward.


In the SEC, LSU is picked second in the West behind Alabama and ahead of Arkansas, Mississippi State, Auburn and Ole Miss. Florida over Tennessee and Kentucky is the pick in the East. Glen Davis was listed as Most Entertaining in its picks section for the league.


Lindy's also looked at the top non-conference games prior to Christmas and picked LSU's visit to the West Coast to face Washington on Dec. 20: "The Tigers (Tyrus Thomas) and Huskies (Brandon Roy) lost NBA Draft lottery selections in June. But the overall talent drop-off in each program was next to nil. Keep an eye on newcomers Dameon Mason and Spencer Hawes (6-11 freshman who grew up with a view of the UW campus from his backyard).





Althon's pre-season guide, listed its list of "Emerging Stars" with the comment, "These guys were good as freshmen; they'll be great as sophomores."


In that category the magazine selected Tasmin Mitchell, stating, "Will help the Tigers survive (and thrive) without Tyrus Thomas."


The magazine picks the Tigers to advance to the Elite 8 in 2006-07 with a Final Four of Alabama, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina.


Glen Davis, named as the number one post man on its list, was also on its first team All-America selection along with Nick Fazekas of Nevada, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, Joakim Noah of Florida, and the only guard, Ronald Steele of Alabama.


The magazine also notes Terry Martin ("expected to help fill a shooting void on the perimeter") and Dameon Mason ("super athlete joins a team loaded with athletes") as being among their choices as top transfers.


The Tigers are also selected second in the West behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss, while in the East, Athlon's top three are Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. Athlon listed Davis as first team All-SEC and Tasmin Mitchell third team with Garrett Temple listed as the most underrated player.



Blue Ribbon All-America team


Blue Ribbon Magazine has also announced its pre-season all-America team and Glen Davis is also a first team selection. He joins Joakim Noah of Florida, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, Jared Dudley of Boston College and Ronald Steele of Alabama.



Tack Minor on Cousy Watch


LSU junior point guard Tack Minor is on the watch list for The Bob Cousy Award, presented by The Hartford and awarded annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the top collegiate point guard in Division I, II and III.

Minor is one of six point guards listed on the watch list from the SEC.  The guards are evaluated on their ability to maximize their team's collective potential, their leadership, their core basketball skills -- passing, drilling and creating team offense and overall team achievements.



Brady In Houston


LSU Coach John Brady joined Texas Coach Rick Barnes in Houston Tuesday to announce ticket sales are set to begin for the LSU-Texas basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Center. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.


LSU defeated Texas, 70-60, in overtime last March in the Regional Championship game of the Atlanta region in the Georgia Dome and now they will meet in a neutral site, the home of the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Tickets go on sale this Saturday for the game with prices ranging from $125 to $10. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office (866-446-8849) or online at



LSU Fan Night Set


Details will be available in the days to come but the second LSU Basketball Fan Night is set for the Maravich Assembly Center on Friday, Oct. 13. That's the opening night teams are allowed to practice and both the men's and women's team will again take part in on-court and off-court activities. The event opens another football weekend at LSU as it is scheduled the night before LSU meets Kentucky in Tiger Stadium.

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