If your memory is a little fuzzy, here's a brief recap.
All looked lost early on for the Tigers when in the first quarter a late hit knocked quarterback Rohan Davey out of the game. As Davey eased to the locker room with bruised ribs, unknown and unproven quarterback Matt Mauck came on to lead the Tigers to an improbable 31-20 upset of No. 2 Tennessee.
The Volunteers were totally
unprepared for the scrambling Mauck, who was a stark contrast to the
strong-armed but slow-footed pocket passer Davey.
That game came to mind Saturday
when LSU, losers of nine of their last 10 games, upset No. 3 ranked
It seemed almost like a formality,
really, when the defending national champions rolled into
I know you must be thinking I am
out of my mind, but the fact
Matt Mauck, anyone?
Horford ended up with 13 points and Chris Richard put up 12, but the All-American Noah scored only four points. The Tigers put the clamps down on Noah, reducing his night to 21 frustrating minutes.
Speaking of putting the clamps
down, Garrett Temple can add another superstar to his list of defensive
casualties. J.J. Redick, Acie Law – now Taurean Green. The Gators' leading
scorer managed just six points on 1-of-7 shooting from the floor.
On the flip side, LSU's perimeter
was on fire. The Tigers shot 51.1 percent for the game as
Midway through the first half, LSU had hit 10 of 12 shots for an eye-popping 83 percent clip from the floor.
Defensively, LSU was just as good.
The Gators average 80 points per game, 76 in SEC play. The Tigers limited them
to 10 points less than their SEC average and 10 points less than their previous
low point-total this season – 66 points in a loss to
To put LSU's defensive performance
in perspective, with 5:03 remaining in the game,
But the most notable stat of the
game had to be the fact that LSU, without Davis (the SEC's leading rebounder
with 10.6 boards per game), out-rebounded
What does all this mean in the grand scheme of things?
Sure, it counts as just one win, but it serves as a huge shot in the arm for a Tiger team that has been pretty hard up for anything positive over the past month or so. It does show, however, this team isn't as bad as they have been made out to be by fans and the media.
The record isn't good, but the talent is there. The fact the Tigers have lost eight games by seven points or less proves they are more unlucky than they are bad.
LSU has struggled in the final
minutes of games as displayed by their record. Brady said after the
So what is next for LSU?
Brady said Saturday, "We ain't dead yet."
The win over
Four wins in the SEC Tournament, perhaps?
Matt Deville is the editor of Tiger Rag. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.