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Thursday, March 19, 2009

LSU should be way ahead

GREENSBORO, N.C. - At times it looked like the Tigers were going to blow Butler out of the gym Thursday morning in the first game of the NCAA Tournament, but the Bulldogs were within 35-29 at halftime on a 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward with three seconds to play.

LSU was faster, bigger and overall more athletic and led by as many as 11 at 29-18 with 3:58 left on a pair of Marcus Thornton free throws.

For those tuning in across the country for the opening minutes of play in the NCAA Tournament at 11:20 a.m., LSU put on an excellent showing. Bo Spencer hit a 3-pointer 16 seconds into March Madness, and just 1:40 into the game the Tigers enjoyed a 9-0 lead after Marcus Thornton stole and drove for a layup. LSU threatened to bust it open near the 10-minute mark, but it twice missed easy layups that would have put it up 19-8. Butler instead hung close and got within 15-11 with 8:43 to go on a 3-pointer by Hayward.

Thornton led LSU with 13 points and Tasmin Mitchell had 10 as LSU's cold shooting spell of the last several games appeared over. Thornton was 4 of 7 from the field, while Mitchell was a deadly 5 of 7 from some difficult angles on his jumper. Thornton also had three steals as Butler players seemed to be not used to seeing someone with his speed and reach.

If LSU can play a little smarter, it should win easily by 12 or more.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they should have beaten Vandy on Senior Night in B.R. They better get serious for the UNC game.

6:48 AM  

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