LSU speaks of "urgency" to make NCAA tourney
BATON ROUGE - This year marks LSU guard Andre Stringer's last chance to play in the NCAA tournament. He also suspects it's his best chance.
Stringer says "everybody on this team is hungry" and there is "as sense of urgency" to make the tournament, which LSU has missed four straight years.
This marks coach Johnny Jones' second season in charge at LSU, where he was once a player and assistant.
His latest recruiting class includes four freshmen and a transfer who are expected to contribute right away, joining five returning players who averaged at least 18 minutes last season, when LSU went 19-12 overall and 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference.
SEC coaches picked LSU fourth in a preseason poll. The Tigers open their season at Massachusetts on Nov. 12.