LSU is ranked #17 in the country and has an undefeated record of 11-0 including wins over Penn St, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech.

 

LSU is also quietly having one of the best defensive seasons in college hoops in the last twenty years.

 

The Tigers are giving up a collective 33.4% field goal percentage and 10.8 assists to opponents.   They’ve given up more than 60 points to one of their 11 opponents in regulation.  LSU is averaging 12.6 steals per game, and opponents are turning the ball over against them over 19 times a game.

 

Offensively the Tigers are led and paced by Sophomore Tari Eason who is averaging 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks a game while shooting 54.5% from the floor.  They play the same over 16 minutes a game and 7 of those play 20.  Three Tigers average over 10 points a game.  They shoot free throws at a 78% clip, and turn the ball over a little less than 14 times a game.

 

This team tends to start slow.  They were down by 5 or more in their last two games, against La Tech and Georgia Tech.  LSU relied on explosive 2nd half to beat both of those teams.  The Tigers next opponent is 6-7 Lipscomb, that game is tonight and LSU is favored by 28 points.

 

The The Tigers remain 40/1 to take home the National Championship this March.

 

Do the LSU Tigers have Championship DNA?  They might, but need to soundly beat a good team first.

 

– JD –