WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:08:26 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU's Cam Cameron diagnosed with prostate cancer http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-cam-cameron-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-cam-cameron-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer/ LSU Sports Fri, 28 Aug 2015 5:29:26 PM Russell Jones LSU's Cam Cameron diagnosed with prostate cancer

BATON ROUGE - LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Friday he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, but was recently given "a clean bill of health."

Cameron, who has been with the Tigers since 2013, told media at the Football Operations building he had undergone treatment and planned to continue coaching the team this year.

"These last few weeks the support from this program, I've never experienced anything quite like it," Cameron said. "I appreciate your concern and we are good. We are ready to roll and all of our goals are still intact."

Cameron said he's still been involved with the team during his treatment, and that he's looking forward to the season.

LSU quietly called the press conference with Cameron and head football coach Les Miles to make the announcement before news leaked out. Cameron has been widely praised for helping develop the Tigers' offense including former quarterback Zach Mettenberger during his years with the team.

WBRZ's Michael Cauble will have more on Cameron's diagnosis and road ahead for Sports 2 tonight at 10 p.m.


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LSU Baseball announces schedule for 2016 campaign http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-announces-schedule-for-2016-campaign/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-announces-schedule-for-2016-campaign/ LSU Sports Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:35:34 AM Brock Sues LSU Baseball announces schedule for 2016 campaign

BATON ROUGE - LSU Athletics announced the 2016 Baseball schedule Monday with the Tigers kicking things off at Alex Box Stadium next year, playing host to Cincinnati on Feb. 19.

The complete 2016 Tigers Baseball schedule is as follows:

February:

Fri, Feb 19: Cincinnati in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 20: Cincinnati in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 21: Cincinnati in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Wed, Feb 24: Lamar at Beaumont, Texas (Vincent-Beck Stadium) 6:00 p.m.
Fri, Feb 26: Sacramento St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb 27: Sacramento St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 28: Sacramento St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.

March:

Wed, Mar 02: Nicholls at Thibodaux, La. (Ray E. Didier Field) TBA
Fri, Mar 04 Fordham in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 05: Fordham in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar 06: Fordham in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Tue, Mar 08: Louisiana Tech in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Wed, Mar 09: McNeese St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Mar 11: Ball St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 12: Ball St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 2:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar 13: Ball St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Wed, Mar 16: New Orleans in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Mar 18: Alabama in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 19: Alabama in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Sun, Mar 20: Alabama in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Tue, Mar 22: UL-Lafayette at Metairie, La. (Zephyr Field) 7:00 p.m. -- Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic
Thu, Mar 24: Texas A&M at College Station, Texas (Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park) TBA
Fri, Mar 25: Texas A&M at College Station, Texas (Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park) TBA
Sat, Mar 26: Texas A&M at College Station, Texas (Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park) TBA
Tue, Mar 29: Tulane Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.

April:

Fri, Apr 01: Auburn at Auburn, Ala. (Plainsman Park) TBA
Sat, Apr 02: Auburn at Auburn, Ala. (Plainsman Park) TBA
Sun, Apr 03: Auburn at Auburn, Ala. (Plainsman Park) TBA
Wed, Apr 06: Southern in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Apr 08: Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Apr 09: Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Sun, Apr 10: Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Wed, Apr 13: Grambling in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Apr 15: Missouri at Columbia, Mo. (Taylor Stadium) TBA
Sat, Apr 16: Missouri at Columbia, Mo. (Taylor Stadium) TBA
Sun, Apr 17: Missouri at Columbia, Mo. (Taylor Stadium) TBA
Wed, Apr 20: Southeastern Louisiana in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Apr 22: Mississippi St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Apr 23: Mississippi St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Sun, Apr 24: Mississippi St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Tue, Apr 26: Tulane at New Orleans, La. (Turchin Stadium) TBA
Fri, Apr 29: Ole Miss at Oxford, Miss. (Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field) TBA
Sat, Apr 30: Ole Miss at Oxford, Miss. (Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field) TBA

May:

Sun, May 01: Ole Miss at Oxford, Miss. (Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field) TBA
Fri, May 06: Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, May 07: Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Sun, May 08: Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 1:00 p.m.
Tue, May 10: Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium) 6:00 p.m.
Wed, May 11: Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium) 6:00 p.m.
Fri, May 13: Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium) TBA
Sat, May 14: Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium) TBA
Sun, May 15: Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium) TBA
Tue, May 17: Northwestern St. in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Thu, May 19: Florida in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 6:30 p.m.
Fri, May 20: Florida in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 7:00 p.m.
Sat, May 21: Florida in Baton Rouge, La. (Alex Box Stadium) 2:00 p.m.

SEC Tournament
Tue, May 24 - Sun, May 29
at Hoover, Ala. (Hoover Metropolitan Stadium) TBA

NCAA Regional
Fri, Jun 03 - Mon, Jun 06
at Campus Site TBD TBA

NCAA Super Regional
Fri, Jun 10 - Mon, Jun 13
at Campus Site TBD TBA

College World Series
Sat, Jun 18 - Wed, Jun 29
at Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park) TBA

Click here to print the schedule. If you're interested in automatically adding the game dates into your Outlook or iCal calendar on a smartphone or PC, check out the download links and directions available on LSUsports.net.

To grab your season tickets, visit LSU's online ticket office. As always, you can keep track of LSU Baseball's off-season activities on Twitter and Facebook.


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Texas judge dismisses Chavis lawsuit against LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-judge-dismisses-chavis-lawsuit-against-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-judge-dismisses-chavis-lawsuit-against-lsu/ LSU Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 4:41:28 PM Russell Jones Texas judge dismisses Chavis lawsuit against LSU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A Texas judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Texas A&M assistant coach John Chavis against LSU Friday.

Chavis and LSU both filed lawsuits against one another after he left for a job at Texas A&M. At issue is a $400,000 buyout clause in Chavis's contract, and which day was considered his "last" at LSU.

Chavis left for the Aggies shortly after the Tigers lost their bowl game in December. Chavis claims LSU athletic director Joe Alleva demanded he pay the university $400,000 in early January, and that is when he submitted a 30-day notice to end his contract without cause.

If Chavis's last day was the day he submitted his notice, then according to his contract Chavis would owe his buyout. If it was the end of the 30-day period, it falls outside the buyout period and Chavis claims he owes nothing.

"We are gratified that the judge saw through Mr. Chavis' transparent attempt to move a Louisiana case to Texas, and we look forward moving this matter to conclusion," said Tom Skinner, general counsel for LSU.

The Tigers and Aggies are scheduled to meet in Death Valley on Nov. 28.


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LSU Hoops will conclude Down Under Tour against Melbourne Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-will-conclude-down-under-tour-against-melbourne-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-will-conclude-down-under-tour-against-melbourne-saturday/ LSU Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 1:05:55 PM LSU Athletics LSU Hoops will conclude Down Under Tour against Melbourne Saturday

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, Australia – The highlight event of LSU’s Tour Down Under takes place Saturday night at the Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park as the LSU Tigers again face the CTI Melbourne United of the National Basketball League.

 

Tip time is just after 7 p.m. in Australia and 4 a.m. Saturday morning in the Central Time Zone. The teams will be meeting for the second time in 48 hours as LSU scored an impressive 97-89 win over United at the Dandenong Stadium outside Melbourne on Thursday night.

 

But that game was just an appetizer for a lot of people here as they get ready for what is being described as a celebration of basketball in Victoria as Melbourne United tries to rise back to its spot at the top of the NBL Ladder. With the help of corporate sponsors, the Victorian government and Basketball Victoria, the expenses for the game were paid and tickets for the contest were free through a lottery.

 

A reported 20,000 tickets were recorded by local fans and it should be a festive atmosphere in the 10,500-seat secondary arena next door to Rod Laver Arena on the grounds where the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship is conducted each year. With an AFL game earlier in the day also on the park grounds, the chances all the seats will be filled for the contest seem good.

 

LSU’s Australian connection of players Darcy Malone and Ben Simmons and Assistant Head Coach David Patrick joined with Melbourne player David Barlow, Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey and United GM Vince Crivelli for a photo op/media session outside Hisense Friday morning.

 

Melbourne may be stronger for Saturday’s rematch after resting Barlow, Chris Goulding and Nate Tomlinson in Thursday’s game. Barlow is a two-time Olympian from Melbourne who has 11 years of experience in pro basketball and made 55 three-pointers last season to lead the NBL.

 

Goulding is a 6-year veteran of pro ball and Tomlinson, from the University of Colorado, has 3 years in the NBL.

 

They will join the player who dominated the scoring on Thursday night for Melbourne, Todd Blanchfield who scored 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-11 treys. Blanchfield averaged 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds a year ago and was the NBL’s Most Improved Player for 2015.

 

LSU has shown the improvement you would expect in many aspects from game one thru Thursday night and the win over Melbourne has guaranteed a winning record for the Tigers on the tour. Six LSU players were in double figures with senior Keith Hornsby and freshman Ben Simmons getting 18 each (Simmons 7 assists), junior Tm Quarterman had 17 points (8 assists), freshman Brandon Sampson 15, sophomore Aaron Epps 13 and freshman Antonio Blakeney 10.

 

“I think we played really well (Thursday), said Blakeney, who is averaging 15 points and 6 rebounds through the four games. “This team (Melbourne) has been hyped up to us and Coach (Jones) told us this would be the best team that we would play and they were. The simple fact that they could create their own shot off the dribble, they were real crafty players. They could really play. They are pros. It was good that we were able to meet the challenge.”

 

Five LSU players are averaging scoring in double figures in this fast-paced pro style game here of 10-minute quarters, 24-second shot clock (14 reset on offensive rebounds) and two bonus free throws on the fifth foul of each quarter. Simmons is averaging 21 points, 8.5 rebounds with 24 assists, while Quarterman is at 18.5 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 20 assists. Besides Blakeney, Hornsby is averaging 13 points and Sampson 11.5 a contest.

 

As a team, LSU is shooting 47.3 percent for the three games (147-of-311), compared to 42.5 percent for the opponents (119-of-280). Opponents have made six more treys (34-28) than LSU and the two games against Sydney and Melbourne have skewed the free throw difference as opponents in four games are 78-of-106 (73.6 percent) to LSU’s 50-of-78 (64.1%).

 

LSU has fouled 82 times in four games, compared to receiving 68 fouls. Opponents are averaging 26.5 attempts a game compared to LSU’s 19.5. LSU has a 63-52 assist to turnover margin, compared to 60-67 for the opponents.

 

Again, Saturday’s game will be the toughest one for the Tigers as this will truly be a pro-game atmosphere in an arena setting and while Simmons is one of the features of the night, this crowd may be more pro-Melbourne than Thursday’s at Dandenong, which was cheering LSU plays as much as Melbourne United scores.

 

“(Melbourne United is) a tough basketball team,” said Coach Johnny Jones. “They are one of the top pro league teams. They were minus a couple of their star players (Thursday), but I thought our guys have done a good job for being on the road and playing the number of games we have played in a short time and the amount of practices we have been able to have.”

 

It will be Saturday late morning’s shoot around before Coach Jones and staff probably finalizes a starting lineup for the game, but certainly Epps may be in line for continued playing time after his 20 minutes in the first Melbourne game that resulted in his 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with a three-pointer and nine rebounds.

 

“I thought Aaron has shown throughout this trip that from year one to year two there have been some really good signs,” said Coach Jones. “I thought (Thursday) through a long stretch he played extremely well. He rebounded, defended well, ran the floor and knocked down some tough shots for us as well. It was a good solid night rebounding and defending. He was very active for us.”

 

The Tigers, following the game, will leave Melbourne early Sunday morning Australia time and will make connections in Sydney for the flight to Dallas. That flight is the longest regularly scheduled non-stop commercial flights in the world (8,577 miles). Because of the time changes, LSU will arrive Sunday afternoon and later that evening will flight from DFW to New Orleans.

 

Follow updates on Saturday’s game @LSUBasketball on Twitter and www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball. Ticket information for the 2015-16 season can be found at LSUtix.net and LSU’s just released this week basketball schedule is available at LSUsports.net.


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Family Values: LSU's Travin Dural and SU's Randall Menard rescues woman over the summer http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-values-lsu-s-travin-dural-and-su-s-randall-menard-rescues-woman-over-the-summer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-values-lsu-s-travin-dural-and-su-s-randall-menard-rescues-woman-over-the-summer/ LSU Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 1:08:56 AM LSU Athletics Family Values: LSU's Travin Dural and SU's Randall Menard rescues woman over the summer

BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles spent a portion of his post-practice media session praising junior wide receiver Travin Dural for his heroic act from July 30.

That day, Dural and his cousin, Southern wide receiver Randall Menard, passed an overturned vehicle shortly after leaving their home in Breaux Bridge. A woman had swerved off of Zin Zin Road and her vehicle landed upside down in a waterless ditch.

Both front doors on the vehicle were jammed and the driver’s side door was crushed against the wall of the ditch.

Seeing the overturned vehicle, Dural and Menard turned around to see if they could help. Dural and Menard pried open the rear passenger door and pulled the woman out of the vehicle.

“We had to muscle it open,” Dural told the Baton Rouge Advocate earlier this week when asked about the accident. “It was a good thing we turned around. I’m glad we got a chance to help this lady out. There were no cars on the street. I don’t know when the next time somebody was going to come by.”

If it weren’t for Michael McQuade, a St. Martin’s Sheriff Deputy, no one at LSU would have ever known of Dural’s heroic effort. Dural never mentioned this incident or his actions to anyone at LSU.

A few days after the incident, the LSU football office received a call from McQuade detailing what had happened. He told Ya’el Lofton, the administrative assistant for Miles, that Dural, “called 911 and stopped and actually gave assistance to this lady. He noticed she was trapped, so he did what he could to get her out of the vehicle. The lady in the car was okay and said how respectful and helpful Travin was to her.”

Miles found out about what Dural did on the day the LSU football team reported to campus for preseason practice. At the first team meeting of the year, Miles told the team what Dural had done and the team responded with a huge ovation. 

“I introduced that story to our team when they arrived for two a days,” Miles said. “Travin is a Good Samaritan for what he did and how he acted. The woman ran into a ditch and couldn’t get out. Travin saw she was trapped and yanked on the door creating an opportunity for her to get out.

“Travin left the scene once the officers arrived and never said anything to anyone here. Then we get a call from the deputy telling us what happened and how Travin responded. So many times in the season we point out a player’s bad play. We get consumed with the negativity that can surround any group of people, athletics or not. You lose sight so many times of the wonderful things people do for other people. Travin Dural, give him a round of applause and hats off to him. He’s a great kid and great person. He will be a good man and good father.”


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LSU Basketball WIns Third On Aussie Tour, Downing Melbourne United, 97-89 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-wins-third-on-aussie-tour-downing-melbourne-united-97-89/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-wins-third-on-aussie-tour-downing-melbourne-united-97-89/ LSU Sports Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:47:55 AM LSU Athletics LSU Basketball WIns Third On Aussie Tour, Downing Melbourne United, 97-89

DANDENONG, VICTORIA, Australia – The LSU men’s basketball team put six players in double figures and played a solid basketball game to defeat one of the more respected teams in Australia’s National Basketball League, Melbourne United, 97-89, Thursday night at the Dandenong Stadium outside Melbourne.

 

The win was LSU’s third in four games on the tour and assures the Tigers of a winning record with one game left to be played against the same United squad in what is being described as a celebration of Victorian basketball on Saturday night at the sold-out 10,500-seat Hisense Arena.

 

A crowd of better than 2,000 crowded the Stadium’s show courts while adult rec and youth league games went on courts located in other parts of the large venue.

 

Keith Hornsby and Ben Simmons led the Tigers with 18 points each. The senior hit three treys for LSU, while Simmons was 8-of-10 from the floor with 7 assists. Tim Quarterman had another solid effort, hitting 8-of-16 from the floor with 17 points and 8 assists. Brandon Sampson had 15 points, while Aaron Epps had a strong, improved performance to score 13 points with 9 boards and Antonio Blakeney had 10 points.

 

The Tigers in this particular game put Samson, Blakeney and Quarterman at the guard spots with Darcy Malone at center and Simmons in the forward position to open the contest.

 

Todd Blanchfield, who averaged almost 15 points a game last season in the NBL, had a big game for Melbourne United with 34 points and 8 boards, hitting 7-of-11 three-pointers. Stephen Holt had 17 points, Ekene Ibekwe, a recent signee for United, added 14 and another recent addition, Igor Hadziomerovic (who played at Boise State) added 10 points.

 

LSU shot 50.6 percent from the field for the game, 43-of-85, made eight treys and had 19 assists and just 9 turnovers. Melbourne also had a good night from the field, hitting 27-of-56 (48.2 percent) with 9 treys. Melbourne had a big advantage at the free throw line, getting 26-of-36 compared just 3-of-9 from the stripe for LSU.

 

LSU posted another advantage of 13-4 in points off turnovers and a strong 58-30 plus total in points in the paint.

 

“I thought our team showed some really good signs of growth from game one to game four,” LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones said of the win. “The team we played (Thursday) was very seasoned, experienced basketball team and I thought our guys showed great composure throughout the game.

 

“In the second half, we had to play a long stretch without Ben (Simmons) because of foul trouble and I thought the guys did an excellent job of playing through that stretch. Then, we did an excellent job of closing out the game the right way – sharing the basketball, spacing the floor, knocking down tough shots, defending well on the other end of the floor like we needed to and rebounding down the stretch. I am very proud of the way they have grown and that was why we came over here and that was good to see.”

 

The United team kept the Tigers at bay in the first ten minutes, going u 26-21 after one quarter of play. LSU began to get some three-pointers going and tied the game at 36-36 with 5:57 to go in the first half. But out of a Melbourne timeout, United hit back-to-back threes and led 42-36, forcing Coach Jones to call a timeout of his own.

 

From there, LSU went on a 20-8 run the rest of the quarter to open a 56-50 halftime lead. Helping lead the charge was Epps who had a great final five minutes of the half.

 

“I think our team has improved a lot,” said Quarterman, who is averaging over 18 points and 5.0 assists on the tour so far. ”I think the setback helped us a lot when we lost to the Sydney Kings. We’ve tried to come out and learn to play as a team and stay together. Even when we make our mistakes we just try to play through it and that’s great for a young team. I feel like the team has learned a lot and this is going to help us a lot when we get back together in the fall.”

 

Simmons and Epps had early third quarter baskets to make the LSU lead, 60-52. A Brad Bridgewater bucket made it 64-59 in favor of the Tigers but United came right back down and hit a three to close it to 64-62, mid-way through the quarter.

 

It was in that third quarter that LSU learned something about itself as Simmons picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench with LSU up, 70-66, with 3:08 to play. LSU finished the quarter up five and Hornsby had 7 straight fourth-quarter points to put LSU up, 83-77, with 6:10 left.

 

LSU would eventually increase the lead to 10, 91-81, as Hornsby and Sampson hit back-to-back three-pointers. LSU was able to close the game out for the second straight game with no problems.

 

The Tigers led the contest for23:44 after Melbourne led for 15:49 seconds. Melbourne only got off 56 total shots compared to 85 for LSU, but again had the big free throw advantage. LSU had a 38-32 advantage on the boards, including 15-6, on the offensive end.

 

“I thought our guys did a good job of sharing the basketball and making plays,” said Coach Jones. “I thought we were efficient. We started off and I thought we took some early shots. We did a much better job later in the game sharing the ball and making the extra pass. I thought everyone got involved and gave us a good, balanced scoring attack.”


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LSU Basketball and SEC announce 2015-16 schedule http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-and-sec-announce-2015-16-schedule/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-and-sec-announce-2015-16-schedule/ LSU Sports Wed, 19 Aug 2015 6:21:10 PM LSU Sports Information LSU Basketball and SEC announce 2015-16 schedule

BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday evening announced its 126-game men’s basketball schedule and in conjunction the LSU Athletics Department announced the complete schedule for the LSU Men's Basketball team for the 2015-16 season.

Coach Johnny Jones' Tigers are completing a five-game exhibition tour in Australia with games this Thursday and Saturday against Melbourne United before returning to Baton Rouge on Sunday evening.

LSU's regular-season schedule will feature 18 home games, a two-game previously-announced tournament appearance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and SEC home-and-away games with Kentucky and Florida in addition to three league opponents that will be on LSU’s schedule twice annually: Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M. 

The non-conference schedule features a third-straight appearance on the ESPN 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a home game against NCAA Sweet 16 participant Oklahoma in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, and the start of home-and-home series against ACC opponent Wake Forest in the Maravich Center and at Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion.

The LSU schedule features 12 teams that played in one of the postseason tournament this past year, including eight of the SEC schools.

All SEC basketball games will be broadcast nation-wide. The SEC Network will televise 71 games, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 31 contests, ESPNU 18 and CBS six.

LSU will appear three times on CBS this season, including a home game with Texas A&M on Feb. 13. The Tigers will have a minimum of 19 appearances on one of the ESPN Family of Networks (ESPN/2/U/SEC).

Non-conference network assignments will be made at a later date.

The Tigers will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 13, on the eve of the LSU-Arkansas football game with McNeese State. Information on tickets for the 2015-16 season can be found at www.LSUtix.net or through the LSU Athletics Ticket Office. 

2015-16 LSU MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

(Some dates and times to be announced for non-conference games)

NOVEMBER

Fri. 6/SOUTHWEST BAPTIST/TBA (Exhibition)

Fri. 13/MCNEESE STATE/TBA

Mon. 16/KENNESAW STATE/8 p.m. (ESPNU)(Tip-Off Marathon/Legends Classic Reg. Rd.)

Thurs. 19/SOUTH ALABAMA/TBA (Legends Classic Reg. Rd.)

Mon. 23/vs. Marquette (at Brooklyn, N.Y.)/6 p.m. (ESPN2)(Legends Classic Championship Rd.)

Tues. 24/Arizona State or NC State (at Brooklyn, N.Y.)/TBA (ESPN2/U)(Legends Classic Championship Rd.)

Mon. 30/at College of Charleston/TBA

DECEMBER

Wed. 2/NORTH FLORIDA/TBA

Sun. 13/at Houston/TBA

Wed. 16/GARDNER-WEBB/TBA

Sat. 19/ORAL ROBERTS/TBA

Tues. 22/AMERICAN/TBA

Tues. 29/WAKE FOREST/TBA

JANUARY

*Sat. 2/at Vanderbilt/8 p.m. (ESPN2)

*Tues. 5/KENTUCKY/8 p.m. (ESPN)

*Sat. 9/at Florida/12:30 or 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

*Wed. 13/OLE MISS/8 p.m. (ESPN2)

*Sat. 16/ARKANSAS/7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

*Tues. 19/at Texas A&M/8 p.m. (ESPN)

*Sat. 23/at Alabama/1 p.m. (ESPNU)

*Tues. 26/GEORGIA/8 p.m. (ESPN/U)

Sat. 30/OKLAHOMA/TBA (ESPN/2/U) (SEC-Big 12 Challenge) 

FEBRUARY

*Tues. 2/at Auburn/6 p.m. (ESPN/U/SEC Network)

*Sat. 6/MISSISSIPPI STATE/5 p.m. (ESPN2)

*Wed. 10/at South Carolina/6 p.m. (ESPN2)

*Sat. 13/TEXAS A&M/Noon (CBS)

*Wed. 17/ALABAMA/8 p.m. (SEC Network)

*Sat. 20/at Tennessee/4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

*Tues. 23/at Arkansas/6 p.m. (ESPN/U/SEC Network)

*Sat. 27/FLORIDA/TBA (ESPN/2)

MARCH

*Tues. 1/MISSOURI/8 p.m. (SEC Network)

*Sat. 5/at Kentucky/1 p.m. (CBS)

Wed.-Sun. 9-13/SEC Tournament (Nashville, Tenn.)/TBA (SEC Network, ESPN) 

  • SEC opponent Home Games in ALL CAPS…Times available in Central Time

All games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network) will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, in smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPNapp, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Each of the CBS games will be streamed on CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports mobile app and mobile website.

Follow updates on LSU men’s basketball on Twitter @LSUBasketball and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball.


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LSU vet Mills injured at practice, could miss games http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vet-mills-injured-at-practice-could-miss-games/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vet-mills-injured-at-practice-could-miss-games/ LSU Sports Wed, 19 Aug 2015 3:34:27 PM Michael Cauble LSU vet Mills injured at practice, could miss games

LSU's most seasoned player will miss at least a couple of weeks of game action after injuring his lower leg at practice on Wednesday.

Senior safety Jalen Mills went down with an ankle area injury running drills during LSU's morning practice on campus. 

The extent of the injury is not known, however Mills is expected to miss at least four weeks with recovery time taking his potential return date well into week three of the season.

Should the injury be more significant, Mills could miss the first four games of the season placing his return back in time for the home game against Eastern Michigan or the road trip to South Carolina.

Mills was the Tigers most seasoned player having started 39 games in his career, every game played while he's been on campus.

The DeSoto Texas native was primed for a super senior season after opting to come back to campus following a junior season that could have seen him leave early for the NFL.

Mills has played the last two years at safety and was expected to play a pivotal role in LSU's nickel package, where he would drop down to be the fifth defensive back utilizing his good speed and cover skills.

If there is a positive to this injury for the Tigers, LSU has plenty of depth in the defensive backfield.  Junior safety Rickey Jefferson is expected to step into Mills role having backed him up at the position.  John Battle and Corey Thompson add depth at the position, and freshman Kevin Tolliver or returning junior Dwayne Thomas could play in the nickel role if needed.


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LSU Football holds Media Day and Fan Day 2015 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-holds-media-day-and-fan-day-2015/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-holds-media-day-and-fan-day-2015/ LSU Sports Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:27:03 PM Seth Lewis LSU Football holds Media Day and Fan Day 2015

LSU holding it's annual Media and Fan Day Sunday.

Tigers Head Coach Les Miles starting the day off by discussing the scrimmage Saturday, where he says Brandon Harris took slightly more snaps with the first team than Anthony Jennings.

After, the media was able to speak to Harris and Jennings for the first time in fall camp. Harris, speaking about his focus heading into the fall, as he worked with QB guru George Whitfield in California to work on his footwork among other things. Jennings, showing remorse for his arrest over the summer and vowing to prove he's grown up and learned from the experience.

It was also the first time we were able to talk to the LSU freshmen, including defensive end Arden Key and cornerback Kevin Tolliver, along with local prep stars like running backs Nick Brossette and Derrius Guice.


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LSU ranked No. 13 in Football Writers' preseason poll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranked-no-13-in-football-writers-preseason-poll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ranked-no-13-in-football-writers-preseason-poll/ LSU Sports Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:52:55 AM Brock Sues LSU ranked No. 13 in Football Writers' preseason poll

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers have come in ranked at No. 13 in the Football Writers' Super 16 preseason college football poll.

The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was created near the end of the 2013 college football season to give voters from the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation a chance to rank the top 16 teams from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. Results are scheduled to be released every Sunday during the upcoming season with the first regular season poll coming out on Sept. 8.

The full rankings in the preseason poll are as follows:

1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3. Alabama
4. Baylor
5. Oregon
6. Michigan State
7. Auburn
8. Florida State
9. Georgia
10. USC
11. Notre Dame
12. Clemson
13. LSU
14. UCLA
15. Ole Miss
16. Arizona State

 


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LSU Football releases dramatic trailer, sells out of tickets http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-releases-dramatic-trailer-sells-out-of-tickets/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-releases-dramatic-trailer-sells-out-of-tickets/ LSU Sports Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:48:07 AM WBRZ Staff LSU Football releases dramatic trailer, sells out of tickets

BATON ROUGE - With the accompanying hashtag of #FeelThePulse, LSU Athletics released an intense trailer to get Tiger fans amped as the calendar days left before football season melt away. Check out the full video below:

Monday afternoon, LSU also announced it's 2015 football season sold out.  The ticket office sold 74,350 tickets.

Year - Season Tickets Sold
2015 - 74,350
2014 - 74,350
2013 - 68.772
2012 - 68,772
2011 - 68,772
2010 - 68,650
2009 - 68,650
2008 - 68,650
2007 - 68,230
2006 - 67,700
2005 - 66,300
2004 - 66,232
2003 - 63,017
2002 - 63,591
2001 - 62,937
2000 - 58,651
1999 - 54,874


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LSU practice day 4 report http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-practice-day-4-report/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-practice-day-4-report/ LSU Sports Sun, 9 Aug 2015 11:13:30 PM Chris Price LSU practice day 4 report

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers held their final split squad practice of fall camp on Sunday with the veterans trying to beat the heat in the morning and the freshmen and selected veterans moving indoors for the afternoon session. 

Anthony Jennings continues to see a larger role in the reps versus what he demonstrated for the media in the first couple of days in practice: Les Miles will get his first chance to see both of those players in an extended scrimmage on Saturday as they vie for the starting quarterback role. 

Meanwhile the offensive line looks deeper than last year, with young players like guards Garrett Brumfield and KJ Malone ready to get more playing time this season. In fact, Brumfield says he's already taken reps with the first offense: a good sign for the former University Lab standout.  


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Tigers practice for second day, Harris shines http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-practice-for-second-day-harris-shines/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-practice-for-second-day-harris-shines/ LSU Sports Fri, 7 Aug 2015 1:49:27 PM Michael Cauble Tigers practice for second day, Harris shines

BATON ROUGE - The LSU football team was back at work on Friday morning for their second day of workouts.  

The veterans took the field for about two hours, of which media was allowed to see about thirty minutes, or almost twice as much as they saw on Thurday.

Both Tiger quarterbacks threw the ball to receivers in a passing drill, and sophomore Brandon Harris looked sharp in the drills while junior Anthony Jennings struggled to find his targets on multiple occasions.

Watch the attached clip for more from Friday's practice session and tune in tonight to hear from the LSU players on our 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. sportscasts.


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LSU Fall Camp - Day 1 Rookie Practice Raw Video http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fall-camp-day-1-rookie-practice-raw-video/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-fall-camp-day-1-rookie-practice-raw-video/ LSU Sports Thu, 6 Aug 2015 8:29:36 PM Michael Cauble LSU Fall Camp - Day 1 Rookie Practice Raw Video

The LSU Tiger football team started fall camp on Thursday morning with the returning veterans and a select freshmen on the field.

In the afternoon the rest of the freshmen and select vets took the field for some indoor work.

Here is a raw look at practice. 

For more on the Tigers follow @michaelcauble, @cpricesports @sethlewisinc on Twitter and watch our daily sportscasts during the six and ten o'clock news each night.


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LSU Football Practice - Day 1 Raw Video of Veterans http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-practice-day-1-raw-video-of-veterans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-football-practice-day-1-raw-video-of-veterans/ LSU Sports Thu, 6 Aug 2015 5:12:19 PM Michael Cauble LSU Football Practice - Day 1 Raw Video of Veterans

The LSU Tiger football team started fall camp on Thursday morning with the returning veterans and a select freshmen on the field. Here is a raw look at practice. 

For more on the Tigers follow @michaelcauble, @cpricesports @sethlewisinc on Twitter and watch our daily sportscasts during the six and ten o'clock news each night.


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1st look at Ben Simmons in purple and gold http://www.wbrz.com/news/1st-look-at-ben-simmons-in-purple-and-gold/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1st-look-at-ben-simmons-in-purple-and-gold/ LSU Sports Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:04:53 PM Chris Price 1st look at Ben Simmons in purple and gold

BATON ROUGE  - It's been a busy, but fun summer for Ben Simmons. 

The #1 recruit in the country and LSU freshman went to Los Angeles on three separate occasions (once for the ESPY's and twice for elite camps), and now he and his Tiger teammates are about to take the trip of a lifetime to Australia. 

Simmons is an Australia native and will feel right at home as the Tigers leave August 13 for a 10 day, 5 game tour of Simmons' home country. 

With the exhibition schedule ahead, the Tigers are allowed an extra 10 days of practice, which allowed the media to view Simmons and his freshman teammates in purple and gold for the first time on Tuesday. 


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See LSU's practice schedule here http://www.wbrz.com/news/see-lsu-s-practice-schedule-here/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/see-lsu-s-practice-schedule-here/ LSU Sports Tue, 4 Aug 2015 5:07:55 PM Trey Schmaltz See LSU's practice schedule here

BATON ROUGE - The LSU football team reports to campus Wednesday and practice begins Thursday.

Tuesday afternoon, the squad released its practice schedule.  It includes three scheduled scrimmages: August 15, August 22 and August 25.

"This is always an exciting time of year," coach Les Miles said in a statement released through lsusports.net.  "I know the staff is ready to get started. I think our players have had a good summer; they've worked hard and gotten bigger, stronger and faster. Now it's time to take all of that summer work and put it to use on the practice field."

LSU returns a total of 14 starters on offense and defense.

The 105 players will spend the first four days of practice with split-squad workouts; veterans in the mornings while newcomers along with some selected veterans will work out in the afternoon. The first full practice is set for Monday, August 10.

Full schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 5
Team Reports to West Campus Apartments

Thursday, Aug. 6
9:35 a.m. Veterans Practice
3:50 p.m. Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Friday, Aug. 7
9:30 a.m. Veterans Practice
3:45 p.m. Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Saturday, Aug. 8
9:20 a.m. Varsity Practice
3:45 p.m. Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Sunday, Aug. 9
9:15 a.m. Varsity Practice
3:45 p.m. Freshman/Selected Veterans practice

Monday, Aug. 10
9:25 a.m. Practice - First Full Squad Practice (Full Pads)

Tuesday, Aug. 11
3:45 p.m. Walk-thru

Wednesday, Aug. 12
8:35 a.m. Practice
3:45 p.m. Practice

Thursday, Aug. 13
9:15 a.m. Practice

Friday, Aug. 14
9:05 a.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 15
11:15 a.m. Scrimmage

Sunday, Aug. 16
3:30 - 5 p.m. LSU Football Media Day - Football Operations Building
5 - 6:30 p.m. LSU Fan Day - Basketball Practice Facility/Maddox Field House

Monday, Aug. 17
8:45 a.m. Practice
4:15 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 18
4:15 p.m. Practice

Wednesday, Aug. 19
8:45 a.m. Practice
4:15 p.m. Practice

Thursday, Aug. 20
Break Camp - No Practice

Friday, Aug. 21
11:15 a.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 22
11:15 a.m. Scrimmage

Sunday, Aug. 23
No Practice
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LSU hits the court ahead of Australian exhibition trip http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hits-the-court-ahead-of-australian-exhibition-trip/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hits-the-court-ahead-of-australian-exhibition-trip/ LSU Sports Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:46:58 AM Brock Sues LSU hits the court ahead of Australian exhibition trip

BATON ROUGE - Ahead of their upcoming 2015-16 season, LSU hoops is in the gym readying themselves for a road trip to the Land Down Under that will include five exhibition games.

LSU Coach Johnny Jones and his coaching staff put 13 players through their paces for a practice that ran about an hour and 40 minutes in length as they prepare to take on a gauntlet of Australian pro and All-Star teams from the National Basketball League.

The practice was packed with fundamentals, some 5-on-5 defensive drills, rebounding and shooting drills. They also fit in some 5-on-0 walkthroughs before wrapping up with some 5-on-5 full court play.

"It was a good first practice for us," said Coach Jones, who is entering his fourth year as head coach at LSU. "It was great to watch the energy, effort and excitement of our players as they went through the drills. They practiced extremely hard. We have a long way to go, but I loved the effort from our guys (Saturday)."

People who observed the practice pointed out the noticeable difference in game ball as the Australian NBL uses a Molten tan and white paneled basketball. The team has a set of the Molten brand balls to use specifically to prepare for the exhibition match-ups. Other changes to the normal gameplay included the use of the international 6.75-meter three-point line and a 24-second shot clock.

"It can be a mental thing if you allow it to," said Coach Jones. "But we are going to be practicing with those and getting used to it because that's what we are going to have to play with when we get over there. It's a little different, but it's something I think our guys can get used to rather quickly."

LSU will take to the court again for another practice late Sunday afternoon. You can keep track of the Tigers' prep for their journey to the southern hemisphere on their Facebook page and also on Twitter.

 

Ben Simmons with the 360 throw down as day 2 of practice is underway at the LSU practice facility. #LSU #LSUBasketball

A video posted by LSU Basketball (@lsubasketball) on


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Meet Chris Blair, the new voice of LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/meet-chris-blair-the-new-voice-of-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/meet-chris-blair-the-new-voice-of-lsu/ LSU Sports Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:03:44 PM Chris Price Meet Chris Blair, the new voice of LSU

Baton Rouge - It's not easy to replace a legend, but that's exactly what Chris Blair has signed up for as he takes over as the Voice of LSU beginning in the spring of 2016. 

Blair has been the voice of Georgia Southern for almost a decade, and will replace Jim Hawthorne, who has been the voice of the Tigers for more than 30 years. 

WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble caught up with Blair to ask him about making the move to Baton Rouge. 


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LSU at No. 13 in preseason coaches' poll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-no-13-in-preseason-coaches-poll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-no-13-in-preseason-coaches-poll/ LSU Sports Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:07:30 AM Brock Sues LSU at No. 13 in preseason coaches' poll

BATON ROUGE - LSU football has ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll for the 15th-straight season.

The Tigers come in at position No. 13 on the poll with four of LSU's 12 opponents in the upcoming season making an appearance in the poll.

All ranked opponents came from SEC with Alabama coming in at No. 3, Auburn at No. 7, Ole Miss at 15 and Arkansas at 20. Four of their other 2015 season opponents received votes.

The first regular-season coaches' poll will be released on Sept. 8 with the final regular-season poll coming out on Dec. 6.

The Tigers report to fall camp on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and take to the practice gridiron the day after. They open their 2015 campaign on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium against McNeese State.

Amway Coaches' Preseason Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Points
1. Ohio State, (62), 1598
2. TCU, (1), 1487
3. Alabama, (1), 1452
4. Baylor, 1365
5. Oregon, 1260
6. Michigan State, 1230
7. Auburn, 1103
8. Florida State, 1057
9. Georgia, 1026
10. USC, 1014
11. Notre Dame, 883
12. Clemson, 838
13. LSU, 727
14. UCLA, 697
15. Ole Miss, 668
16. Arizona State, 577
17. Georgia Tech, 573
18. Wisconsin, 470
19. Oklahoma, 407
20. Arkansas, 377
21. Stanford, 365
22. Arizona, 299
23. Missouri, 229
24. Boise State, 190
25. Tennessee, 166

Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer

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