LSU basketball team starting to show what preseason excitement was about


LSU (5-4) was able to play 6-foot-9 forward Craig Victor, a sophomore transfer from Arizona, for the first time Wednesday, and he scored 10 points with five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot in 20 minutes of the Tigers' 78-57 win over Gardner-Webb.

Obi Emegano, who entered the game with a 23.3-point per game average, never found a rhythm. I am picking LSU in this game.

ORU recovered from a tough start offensively and shot 48.3 percent (28-58) for the game, including a almost 53-percent clip in the second half (18-34).

Freshman Kris Martin was the top scorer for Oral Roberts (8-5) with a season-high 18 points.

With Emegano scuffling to first find shots and then make them, he began - as Hornsby noted - looking for teammates.

LSU guard Keith Hornsby was a key to the defensive effort against Oral Roberts on Saturday.

Simmons just missed equaling the longest streak in recent years for double doubles and double figure rebound games (8, Glen Davis, 2006) when he pulled down nine rebounds (6 offensive) and had 7 assists in the game.

Because Jones repeatedly noted that Blakeney would snap out of his cold spell, the big news was the improved work on the defensive end and on the glass.

Senior guard Keith Hornsby made his first appearance of the season during Sunday's loss to the Houston Cougars, scoring a career-high 33 points.

The LSU basketball team delivered its most dominant performance of the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, cruising to a victory over Oral Roberts.

The Tigers, who made 54 percent of their field goal attempts, have a 6-0 record this season and a 61-5 record since Jones became coach when they have outshot the opponent. He has also knocked 21 of his last 27 free throws after a 4-for-4 outing against ORU. When the Eagles went into a zone in the second half, though, the Tigers found some angles and gaps that were appealing and attacked from the paint and block nearly exclusively on the way to knocking down 17-of-22 (77.3%) of their shots from inside the 3-point arc.

For the second time in four games, LSU reached the 100-point mark.

The opportunity to keep building chemistry with new players in the lineup and at the same time work on problems that cropped up when the Tigers dropped four out of five games continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday when LSU (6-4) hosts American (2-8) in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.