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LSU men's basketball claims motivation, not disappointment at NIT bid

1 year ago March 17, 2014 Mar 17, 2014 Monday, March 17 2014 Monday, March 17, 2014 9:48:17 PM EDT in LSU Sports
Source: WBRZ Sports 2

BATON ROUGE - Although the LSU men's basketball team failed to make the NCAA tournament for the 5th straight year, Tiger players say they're still happy to be playing in the NIT, as they start their tournament run at San Francisco on Wednesday. 

Speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, Tigers All-SEC forward Johnny O'Bryant said he considers it a "blessing" to be continuing his season, especially since O'Bryant is likely departing to the NBA after this season. 

Nobody from this team has won a postseason game, and Tigers senior guard Andre Stringer said he wants to leave a legacy for the next generation of Tiger players.

"It's very important to me," Stringer said about winning a tournament game. "We're grateful for the opportunity." 

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