2009-2010 LSU Tigers Basketball Preview
It was an amazing season for new coach Trent Johnson and the LSU Tigers (27- 8 overall, 13- 3 SEC) as the club, which had finished out of the NCAA and NIT for two straight seasons, won the SEC West, had the best overall record in the league and earned an invite to the Big Dance. Now a bunch of seniors are gone and so too, for a while, are the hopes of the LSU Tigers.
The Tigers dominated the boards, garnering a rebound margin of plus-5.1 (1st). They were also tops in threes, knocking in 37% from downtown. Add to those stats, the fact that they were third in scoring defense, holding opponents to 66.2 PPG. They scored an average of 74.8 PPG (4th) and hit free throws at the rate of 72% (4th). They only thing they were average at was field goal percentage, connecting on 45% (6th). These statistics will definitely be weighted much differently this season.
Senior forward Tasmin Mitchell (16.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.9 APG) is the anchor of the frontcourt. The talented and versatile player will play both the power and small forward spots. Storm Warren (2.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG) will play power and sophomore Garrett Green returns after sitting out last season with a medical redshirt to be at the forward spot too. Highly rated freshman Eddie Ludwig will play small forward. He possesses good shooting and rebounding skills but may have a tough time on defense.
Junior Bo Spencer (11.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.6 APG) has a fine outside shot. Aaron Dotson, a freshman, is coming off of knee surgery. He could play point or be the two guard. The problem is his injury, to his patella tendon, made him miss a lot of playing time in his senior year. Backups at guard will be sophomore Chris Bass (0.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG) and fifth-year senior Alex Farrer (1.7 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.6 APG)
With three major players gone and a whole lot of defense and offense missing from last season, it will be close to impossible for the Tigers to recreate last season’s magic. This is not a championship team. They’ll have some heart and there is talent but there’s just not enough depth and experience for this team to compete with the quality clubs. The Tigers will finish last in the West and sit out the post season.