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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Earlier in the year when Rick Stansbury called LSU the best team in the league, I wondered if he wasn't blowing smoke.

Now, I'm convinced. Stansbury knew what he was talking about.

I don't say that just because LSU clinched a share of the SEC basketball championship last night.

I say that because of what this team has done over the last couple of weeks.

There was the double-overtime win at Mississippi State. They come back a couple of nights later, get behind nine in the second half to Ole Miss and outscore the Rebels 19-4 to win the game.

They have a slow start at Arkansas, rally to win the game. They fight off a pesky Auburn team and win the game.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Ole Miss and Arkansas wins came without starting point guard Bo Spencer.

Then there the was the win over Florida when both teams were playing at a particularly high level.

"I think we were playing against the best team in the league right now with a whole bunch of seniors,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said after the game. "I think our guys did pretty well to be honest with you.''

And I agree. Florida didn't play poorly.

Yet for the last month or so, LSU has consistently found ways to win games.

Yes, the Tigers don't have that sexy out-of-conference win. But they have played consistently well over an extended period of time. That's what good teams do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll see exactly how good they are as they finish the SEC season, then the SEC and NCAA tourneys. And we'll see how good of a coach and recruiter Johnson really is next year when he replaces 3 sr. starters, a sr. 6th man, and possibly Tasmin.

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