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Saturday, March 10, 2007

What a difference a ...

What a difference a day makes. In the space of 24 hours, the LSU men's basketball team went from what it was last year to what it was this year.

The Tigers shot 53 percent in a thrilling 76-67 overtime win over Tennessee Thursday night. The Tigers shot 32.8 percent in a deadening, 80-60 loss to Ole Miss Friday night.

Glen Davis scored 25 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 15 rebounds on Thursday night and looked like a true warrior. Davis scored six points on 1-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds on Friday night and looked like an overweight, middle-aged man.

Texas Tech transfer Terry Martin scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, on Thursday night and made you wonder where Bobby Knight went wrong. Martin scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting, including 0-of-8 from 3-point range, on Friday night and made you realize Bobby Knight may have been right.

LSU made 11-of-22 field goals in the first half Thursday night. LSU made 4-of-29 field goals in the first half Friday night.

LSU missed 17 straight shots Friday night. That is hard to do.

LSU coach John Brady, who is one of the better defensive coaches around but usually does not have very high scoring offenses, has seen a lot of bad offense in his 10 years as LSU's coach. His team scored 10 points in a first half against Ole Miss three years ago. But he's never seen anything like what he saw Friday night, and he didn't mind sharing his feelings.

"Let me see, I'm 52 years old, and I've been coaching since I was 21," he began. "So that's 31 years. I don't know if I've ever experienced a 20 minutes of basketball from an offensive standpoint that I saw tonight. I mean, we missed every shot imaginable - layups, open 3-pointers, good shots. You can't play as well as our team did 24 hours ago and then come out and offensively be almost anemic."

A year ago LSU flew into the NCAA Tournament as SEC champions and reached the Final Four. Sunday it may recieve a bid to the NIT, and it would be hard to believe if everyone on the team really wants to play in that. What a difference a year makes.


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