The LSU Tigers finished the season will a record of 22-10 overall and finished 3rd in the SEC with a conference record of 11-7. LSU was considered one of the last few teams to get into the tournament leading into Selection Sunday, but apparently the NCAA Committee saw them as a stronger candidate for the dance than many media outlets. So lets delve into exactly who LSU is by recapping their season and giving some key stats.
The Tigers had three wins against RPI* top 50 teams this season.
- @ West Virginia 74-73 (December 4th)
- VS Georgia 87-84 (January 10th)
- @ Arkansas 81-78 (March 7th)
LSU had their share of bad losses this season as they lost 5 games to teams with an RPI lower than 100.
- VS Clemson 64-61 (November 24th)
- VS Auburn twice 81-77 (February 5th); 73-70 (March 7th)
- @ Missouri 74-67
- @ Mississippi State 73-67
Over the last 12 games the Tigers have been a 500 club going 6 and 6. They were knocked out of the SEC Tournament by Auburn in OT. Even though their most recent loss was by a lowly Auburn team they did knock off Top 25 Arkansas on the road before losing in their first conference tournament game.
Throughout the season LSU has shown the capability to play with any team in the country as they have had three good wins against teams that are all in the field of 68. Another impressive feat for the Tigers is their road record. On the road LSU won 8 out of 11 games. They have also done a great job of winning close games. Many of their wins this season have been by a narrow margin, this fact alone will make them a difficult out! In their lone match up with undefeated Kentucky the Tigers only lost by 2 points. One of the major reason LSU was considered a bubble team is because they played a weak schedule. They finished the season with a strength of schedule of 97, and a non-conference strength of schedule of 182.
- Points Per Game: 73.7 (41st NCAA)
- Rebounds Per Game: 39.2 (12th NCAA)
- Assists Per Game: 15.7 (17th NCAA)
- Field Goal %: 45% (77th NCAA)
- Points Allowed Per Game: 67.7 (210th NCAA)
- Defensive Rebounds Per Game: 27.1 (8th NCAA)
- Blocks Per Game: 6.2 (7th NCAA)
- Steals per Game: 7.3 (60th NCAA)
- Jarell Martin #1 Forward (6-10 236 lbs.) 16.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG
- Jordan Mickey #25 Forward (6-8 235 lbs.) 15.5 PPG, 9.8 RPG
- Keith Hornsby #4 Guard (6-4 210 lbs.) 13.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG
- Tim Quarterman #55 Guard (6-6 187 lbs.) 11.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG
- Josh Gray #5 Guard (6-1 182 lbs.) 7.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG
Offense and rebounding are the strengths of the LSU Tigers. It is impressive that they have four players averaging double figures and a fifth player not far behind. By having a balanced attack LSU has been able to cause their opponents problems as they cannot simply key on one player. Offensively the Tigers like to get up and down the court. If you need proof of how athletic the Tigers are check out this video of transition buckets versus Florida this season. LSU will be extremely pumped to play against an ACC team in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament, in the regular season they only faced one ACC member in the Clemson Tigers. The number one reason why the Tigers will be a tough out is because of their front court. Martin and Mickey are the two cogs that will prove to give NC State all they can handle as they lead LSU in both PPG and RPG.
* RPI: Rating Percentage Index is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. The higher the RPI a team has the better.
NC State 84 BC 78: BOX SCORE
NC State is a Slight Underdog in ACC Opener vs. Boston College
NC State (4-2) will play their first ACC game of the 2023-24 season tomorrow on the road against Boston College (5-2), and they enter the game as slight underdogs. The Wolfpack are 1.5-point underdogs, and the Total is 150.5.
- NC State is 0-2 Straight Up as underdogs
- BC is 4-1 Straight Up as favorites.
- NC State is 2-4 Against the Spread.
- BC is 4-3 Against the Spread
- The Total has gone Under in 2 games for NC State, Over in 3 and Pushed in 1.
- The Total has gone Under in 3 games for Boston College and Over in 4.
- NC State is 6-4 in their last 10 games against BC Straight Up.
- NC State is 4–6 Against the Spread in their last 10 games against BC.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 games, and Under in the other 5.
#5 NC State 70 Vanderbilt 62: BOX SCORE (with notes)
The 5th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 8-0 tonight, defeating Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.
- Saniya Rivers scored 20+ points for the 2nd time this season, scoring 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. She also chipped in 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
- River Baldwin posted her first double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards.
- Aziaha James has now scored in double figures in 7 of 8 games, scoring 14 points tonight, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Zoe Brooks led the Pack in steals (4) and assists (4).
- NC State didn’t shoot well, making only 39% of their shots. Fortunately, they held Vandy to 34.3% shooting.
The Wolfpack will host Illinois State on Sunday at 2pm.
NC State Stat Leaders Heading into the ACC Opener vs Boston College
This Saturday, NC State heads to Boston College for the now-annual early ACC opener. The Pack will face off against the Eagles at 4pm on ACC Network. Here is where the team is statistically after 6 games.
- Casey Morsell leads NC State in scoring with 14.5 ppg.
- The Pack has 4 double-digit scorers this season. Morsell (14.5), Jayden Taylor (13.3), DJ Burns (13) and DJ Horne (11.2)
(Last season State had 4 double-digit scorers as well. Terquavion (17.9), Joiner (17), Burns (12.5) and Morsell (11.8))
- After their top 4 scorers there is a big dip. Parker comes in at 6.8, O’Connell at 6.3, and Middlebrooks at 5.5 ppg.
(Last season Jack Clark was 5th on the team in scoring at 9 points and Mahorcic was at 8.7. However, both guys missed a large chunk of the season.)
- Burns is leading NC State in rebounding this year at 5.3 per game. Diarra is next with 5.3 (but is currently hampered by an ankle injury.)
- O’Connell is leading NC State in assists with 3.3 per game, and Burns is up next with 2.5. PG DJ Horne is only averaging 2.
- LJ Thomas and Mike O’Connell are tied in leading the team at .15 assists per minute.
- Jayden Taylor is leading NC State in 3pt %, shooting an outstanding 45.8%, while Morsell is up next at 34.6%. Horne is close behind at 33%.
(LJ Thomas is shooting 50% from 3, but only has 2 attempts.)
- Burns is leading the bigs, shooting 56.5% from the floor, while Middlebrooks is close behind at 54.2%. Dennis Parker Jr is coming in at 45.2%.
- For the guards, it’s Casey Morsell leading the way at 44.6% from the floor, while O’Connell is next up at 43.4%. Taylor is shooting 42.4%, and DJ Horne is struggling a bit, shooting just 34.8% from the field.
- Jayden Taylor is turning the ball over the most at 1.8 times per game, while Burns is next at 1.7. Morsell is at 1.5 and O’Connell is at 1.2. DJ Horne has been doing a good job of protecting the basketball, turning it over just .3 times per game.