NOTEBOOK: First ranked win for SEC Hoops

Notes from Tuesday night's 62-54 win by the ninth-ranked LSU men's basketball team over sixth-ranked Texas A&M at the Maravich Assembly Center:

A Ranked Win For The SEC


The Tigers victory over Texas A&M marked the first time this season that an SEC team has knocked off a team ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll in 11 tries this year, including eight against top 10 teams. LSU is now 10-15 at home in the John Brady era against ranked teams. The matchup between the Tigers and the Aggies was the first game on the floor of the Maravich Center involving two top-10 ranked teams since LSU, ranked ninth, lost to No. 3 Kentucky on Jan. 5, 52-50.


LSU is now 29-34 in games when both teams are ranked and the Tigers are now 4-9 all-time against teams ranked sixth in the AP poll.




Attendance Climbing


Topped by the best November-December paid attendance for a single game in the John Brady era, the Tigers attendance through five home games is up over the same five games a year ago.


Tuesday night, LSU had a paid crowd of 12,053, the largest single paid total for a men's game in the last 10 years in November or December, topping the mark of 11,260 paid when LSU knocked off No. 1-ranked Arizona on Dec. 21, 2002. The actual crowd Tuesday night of 9,274 ranks second over that time period to the actual crowd of 9,735 that watched LSU top the Wildcats in 2002. Tuesday's crowd included just over 2,300-students almost filling the student section of some 2,500 seats to capacity.


Through five games, LSU's average paid attendance is 9,579, compared with 7,771 for the first five home games of the 2005-06 season. LSU's actual numbers are up an average this season of close to 1,700 a game.




Off to Houston For Start of Road Swing


The ESPN crew of Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Doris Burke will be waiting for the Tigers and the Texas Longhorns on Sunday night at 7 p.m. when the two teams meet at the Toyota Center in a "Sunday Showdown" game on the network (Ch. 36 in Baton Rouge). Over 8,000 tickets had been sold as of Tuesday afternoon for the contest at the home of the Houston Rockets and event officials with the Toyota Center opened up sales to the upper deck of the building for $10. Tickets can be purchased at


The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge after the Texas game for final exam week before leaving on Dec. 15 for a trip to the Northwest, facing Oregon State at Corvallis on Dec. 17 (5 p.m. CST, FSN) and nationally-ranked Washington in Seattle on Dec. 20 (9:30 p.m. CST, FSN) before returning home for the first of four games in seven days as the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m., also on FSN. The Bulldogs are the last Louisiana team to beat LSU in the Maravich Center on Dec. 6, 1988.




Gameday Making Final Plans For Jan. 6 Show


The college basketball Gameday crew from ESPN will be in town for the Jan. 6 UConn game and fans are welcome to the Maravich Center for the live Saturday morning show that begins at 10 a.m. CST. Reece Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas will be on the floor of the Maravich Center for the show. Admission is free and doors are expected to open approximately 90 minutes prior to show time. LSU and Connecticut will meet in the back half of the home-and-home series with the Huskies at 8 p.m. that night in the Maravich Center.


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