Tigers going dancing
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers (22-10, 11-7 SEC) earned a No. 9 seed, making the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time since 2009. They'll face No. 8 seed NC State Wolfpack (20-13) on Thursday, and the winner of that game will face the winner of Villanova and Lafayette on saturday.
The game will be in Pittsburgh, PA. No word yet on the tip off time.
Head coach Johnny Jones led his team to 11 wins in the SEC and 22 overall during his 3rd year at the helm. That's the most since 2009 when the tigers went 27-8 and 13-3 in the SEC in route to a regular season conference championship.
The Tigers were led by Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin, who were both named to the All-SEC first team. Mickey also received All-SEC defensive honors. Martin is leading the team with 16.9 points per game, followed by Mickey with 15.5. Micky leads the nation with 3.57 blocks per game.
Tim Quarterman made headlines on Feb. 28th for being only the 3rd Tiger in history to record a triple double. He did it en route to defeating Ole Miss 73-63. Quarterman scored 18 points that day with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
LSU is one of 5 SEC teams to make the field, including No. 1 overall seed Kentucky. The Wildcats completed an undefeated regular season and are seeking to become the first team ever to go 40-0 in a college basketball season. They would be the 8th team ever to finish as undefeated champions, the last was Indiana back in 1976.
Arkansas and Georgia also made the field of 68. LSU beat both of those teams this year, defeating Georgia in double overtime for their first SEC victory of the season and beat Arkansas with a 3 pointer at the buzzer from Keith Hornsby for their last SEC win of the regular season. Arkansas earned a No. 5 seed and will face Wofford, while Georgia got a No. 10 seed and will face Michigan State.
Ole Miss rounds out the SEC teams to make the big dance. They will have to play in the play-in game by virtue of being one of the last 4 teams to make the tournament. The Rebels will face off against BYU this Tuesday, with the winner facing Xavier.
This is LSU's 21st time in the NCAA tournament. For the full bracket, click here.
Let the madness begin.