EA Sports has won just one of its
first four games on its tour, but it has been to the wire in the other three
games. After defeating Utah State, 67-60, EA lost to Creighton in overtime
(80-76), lost to
Troy DeVries, formerly of
Maury Hanks continues to be the coach and administrator for the team that meets LSU for the seventh consecutive year in the exhibition opener. LSU is 5-2 against EA Sports, which also played under the Global Sports banner in some of those years. LSU is 15-3 in exhibitions during the John Brady era with a present seven-game winning streak since a 2003 loss to EA Sports.
"Our team is looking forward to playing right now," said LSU Coach John Brady after his team went through a one-hour 6 a.m. workout Wednesday to conclude preparations for the exhibition. "I'm not really concerned about our returning veterans. I do want Magnum Rolle, Dameon Mason, Chris Johnson to get some minutes and see how they have progressed. I want to see Ben Voogd play some minutes and see the improvement we think he has made and if it will show up in the game.
"The thing I wish we had was Terry Martin eligible right now," the tenth-year coach said of the transfer from Texas Tech who will become eligible at the end of the fall semester. "He's also going to be a fine player for us. We want to see Tack Minor as far as his involvement and his ability to make other players around him better."
LSU is expected to start Garrett Temple at guard along with either Voogd or Mason with Freshman All-American
Tasmin Mitchell at forward along with preseason AP All-American selection Glen Davis and either Darnell Lazare or Magnum Rolle.
"I'm not as concerned about winning these (exhibition) games as I am about getting some guys playing time and seeing how they have developed during the off-season.
LSU will play a second exhibition
game on Nov. 15 against