LSU Tigers basketball
|University||Louisiana State University|
|Location||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Head coach||Johnny Jones (1st year)|
|Arena||Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Purple and Gold
|Pre-tournament Helms champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1953, 1981, 1986, 2006|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1953, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2006|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1953, 1954, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2006|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1953, 1954, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1935, 1953, 1954, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1991, 2000, 2006, 2009|
The Louisiana State Tigers basketball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. The team is coached by Johnny Jones. LSU has enjoyed recent success, including a Final Four run in the 2005–2006 season. Past coaches include Trent Johnson, John Brady, Press Maravich, Dale Brown and Harry Rabenhorst. They play their home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team participates in the Southeastern Conference.
- 1 History
- 2 National Award winners
- 3 Prominent players
- 4 Arenas
- 5 Practice and Training facilities
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Year-by-year results
- 8 NCAA Tournament History & Seeds
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early history (1909–1957)
In the days before the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers won a 1935 mythical national championship (one of several mythical championships awarded that year) by defeating Pitt 41-37 in the American Legion Bowl National Championship game under head coach Harry Rabenhorst. Pitt, as Eastern Intercollegiate champions representing the best of the East, lost the season-ending contest in Atlantic City. While this championship is not officially recognized by the NCAA since it did not sanction a tournament, LSU officially claims this championship and displays a banner in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU is the only school that officially claims an American Legion Bowl championship. Rabenhorst also led the Tigers to the 1953 Final Four with a team that included future NBA Hall of Famer Bob Pettit.
Tough times (1957–1966)
Maravich era (1966–1972)
Press Maravich was head basketball coach from 1966-1972. He had an overall record of 76–86 at LSU. He led the team to three winning seasons, but did not win an SEC championship or make an NCAA tournament appearance. His 1969-1970 team advanced to the NIT Final Four. This era is best known for the exploits of Press Maravich's son, Pete "Pistol Pete" Maravich whom he coached from 1967-1970. Pete dominated at the collegiate level averaging 44.2 points per game and was named National Player of the Year in 1970.
Dale Brown (1972–1997)
Dale Brown was head LSU basketball coach for 25 years from 1972-1997. During his time at LSU, he led the basketball team to two final fours, four elite 8, five sweet sixteen and thirteen NCAA tournament appearances. He also led the Tigers to four regular season SEC championships and one SEC Tournament championship.
In 1996-97, Dale Brown signed Baton Rouge high school phenom Lester Earl. Earl played just 11 games at LSU before he was suspended and transferred to the University of Kansas soon afterward. While at Kansas, Earl said that an LSU assistant coach gave him money when he was at LSU. The NCAA quickly began an investigation. It found no evidence that Brown or his assistants paid Earl. However, it did find that a former booster paid Earl about $5,000 while he was attending LSU. The basketball team was placed on probation in 1998.
In September 2007, Lester Earl issued an apology to Brown, then-assistant head coach Johnny Jones, and LSU in general for his role in the NCAA investigation. Earl now claims that the NCAA pressured him into making false claims against Dale Brown or else he would lose years of NCAA eligibility. Earl said, "I was pressured into telling them SOMETHING. I was 19 years old at that time. The NCAA intimidated me, manipulated me into making up things, and basically encouraged me to lie, in order to be able to finish my playing career at Kansas. They told me if we don't find any dirt on Coach Brown you won't be allowed to play but one more year at Kansas. I caused great harm, heartache and difficulties for so many people. I feel sorriest for hurting Coach Brown. Coach Brown, I apologize to you for tarnishing your magnificent career at LSU."
The NCAA has declined any new comments on the situation. However, Brown says that he has forgiven Earl. "The most interesting journey that a person can make is discovering himself. I believe Lester has done that, and I forgive him."
John Brady (1997–2008)
In 1997, John Brady replaced the legendary Dale Brown as head coach at LSU. When Brady arrived, the program was under probation and stinging from a recruiting scandal. Brady's first two years were rough.
In 2000, the Tigers broke through, posting a 28–6 record and a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance. However, due to the loss of Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith to the 2000 NBA Draft, the Tigers could not carry their momentum to the next year, going 13–16 in 2001.
Brady's team entered the 2005–06 season unranked, but were coming off a solid season in which they went 20–10 and made the NCAA Tournament. Led by Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tyrus Thomas, the Tigers won their first outright SEC regular season championship since 1985, and earned a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After wins over Iona and Texas A&M, LSU defeated the #1 seed Duke and #2 seed Texas to make it to their first Final Four since 1986. Set at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 2006 Final Four was the first since 1980 to feature no #1 seeds (LSU, #2 UCLA, #3 Florida and #11 George Mason). Facing the #2 seed Bruins in the national semifinals, the Tigers were unable to solve UCLA's defense, losing 59–45, dropping LSU to 0–6 all-time in the men's Final Four (and 0–11 in all Final Four games, including an 0–5 mark in the women's Final Four). Despite the loss, the 2005–06 season will be remembered as one of the most successful in LSU men's basketball history. John Brady was fired in the middle of his 11th season as LSU's head basketball coach and just two seasons after the Tigers' latest Final Four appearance.
On February 8, 2008, Brady was fired from LSU. Earlier news reports stated that he would coach the Tennessee game on February 9, but LSU officials stated that his termination is immediate. Brady's assistant coach, Butch Pierre, took over as the interim head coach.
In 10 and a half seasons at LSU, Brady compiled a 192–139 record, including two SEC titles and four NCAA tournament appearances.
Trent Johnson (2009-2012)
On April 10, 2008, Trent Johnson was officially named the 20th head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team. With the hiring, Johnson became the first African American head coach of a men's sports team at LSU. In his first season at LSU, Johnson led the Tigers to 27 wins, tied for the third most wins in a season in LSU history. The Tigers won the SEC regular season championship with a record of 13-3. LSU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. In the opening round, LSU defeated nationally-ranked Butler one year prior to the Bulldogs starting their run of two straight trips to the NCAA Championship game. They advanced to the second round before falling, 84-70, to North Carolina in the closest game the eventual national champions would have to play. LSU had a second half lead on the Tar Heels and the game was still in the balance entering the final eight minutes.
Johnson was named the 2009 consensus SEC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for four national coach of the year honors as he became the first LSU men's basketball coach to win the league title and take the team to post-season play in his first year at the school. The next two seasons were not nearly as successful, as the Tigers won a combined 5 conference games and went 11-20 in consecutive years.
LSU improved to 18-15 in 2011-12 and earned a berth to the NIT, losing 96-76 in the first round at Oregon. Johnson resigned as LSU coach on April 8, 2012, in expectation of taking the same position at TCU.
Johnny Jones (2013-Present)
On April 13, 2012, Johnny Jones was officially named the 21st head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team. In his first season, he led the LSU Tigers basketball team to a 19-12 record.
National Award winners
National Player of the Year
National Coach of the Year
Hall of Famers
|No.||Player||Position||Career||Year No. Retired|
|23||Pete Maravich ||G||1967–70|
|33||Shaquille O'Neal ||C||1989-92||2000|
|40||Rudy Macklin ||SF||1976-81|
|50||Bob Pettit ||PF||1950–54||1954|
SEC Player of the Year
|Pete Maravich||1968, 1969, 1970|
|Durand "Rudy" Macklin||1981|
|Chris Jackson||1989, 1990|
|Shaquille O'Neal||1991, 1992|
National team players
In 1986 Tigers were big surprise. They were 11th seeded, but won the regional tournament and ended on the final tournament. That year Montenegrin playmaker Nebojša Bukumirović and Serbian center Zoran Jovanović played for Tigers. They both played for Red Star, Bukumirović for Cibona also. Jovanović was Yugoslav national team player.
Pete Maravich Assembly Center
The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972 and is home of the LSU Tigers basketball team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "The Palace that Pete Built," or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome," coined by Dick Vitale.
The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of LSU Tigers and LSU Lady Tigers basketball teams.
John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum
The John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum or John M. Parker Agricultural Center opened in 1937 and was home of the LSU Tigers Basketball team from its opening until 1971. The arena sat 12,000 people for basketball. The Coliseum was host to the Pete Maravich-led teams of the late 1960s, and it was his prominence that led to the construction of the LSU Assembly Center which now bears his name. Local nickname is the Cow Palace because it is an agriculture building covered with cow insignia, they still have 4-H shows there.
Huey P. Long Field House
The Huey P. Long Field House was constructed in 1932. The field house was the original gymnasium on the LSU campus. It was replaced by the John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum in 1937, though for several years both the field house and the coliseum were used for LSU's basketball games.
The LSU Gym/Armory was completed in 1930. The main floor was the gymnasium and the lower floor was the armory. Both floors were located on ground level. The gymnasium had a stage at one end and could be converted into an auditorium. When not set up as an auditorium, it provided an open space for basketball games and other events. The second floor provided space for locker rooms and a trophy room.
Practice and Training facilities
LSU Basketball Practice Facility
The LSU Basketball Practice Facility is the practice facility for the LSU Tigers basketball and LSU Lady Tigers basketball teams. The facility is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center through the Northwest portal. The facility features separate, full-size duplicate gymnasiums for the women's and men's basketball teams. They include a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction. The courts are exact replicas of the Maravich Center game court and have two portable goals and four retractable goals. The gymnasiums are equipped with a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer's table with video and data connection. The facility also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, training rooms, a coach's locker room and coach's offices.
The building also includes a two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level where a club room is used for pre-game and post-game events and is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center concourse. The lobby includes team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU basketball. A 900-pound bronze statue of LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal is located in front of the facility.
LSU Strength and Conditioning facility
The LSU Tigers basketball team weight room is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility or LSU North Stadium weight room. Built in 1997, it is located in Tiger Stadium. Measuring 10,000-square feet, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment. The weight room also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill. The floor is a flat, stable surface for the athletes to lift without worrying about raised platforms.
|John W. Mayhew||1909–1911||11–4||(.733)|
|C. C. Stroud||1913–1918||63–19||(.768)|
|C. C. Stroud||1919–1920||19–2||(.905)|
|Frank "Tad" Gormley||1921–1923||25–11||(.694)|
|Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson||1924–1925||10–7||(.588)|
|Butch Pierre||2008 (interim)||5–5||(.500)|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA)|
|1910||John W. Mayhew||3–1||2–0|
|1911||John W. Mayhew||8–3||6–1|
|1913–1914||C. C. Stroud||7–5||0–4|
|Southern Conference (SoCon)|
|1922||Frank "Tad" Gormley||15–1||3–1|
|1922–1923||Frank "Tad" Gormley||10–10||0–6|
|1925||Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson||10–7||1–4|
|Southeastern Conference (SEC)|
|1935||Harry Rabenhorst||14–1||12–0||SEC Champions; National Champions|
|1944–1945||Jesse Fatheree (first 18 games)
A.L. Swanson (last 6 games)
|1952–1953||Harry Rabenhorst||22–3||13–0||SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four|
|1953–1954||Harry Rabenhorst||20–5||14–0||SEC Champions|
|1969–1970||Press Maravich||22–10||13–5||NIT Final Four|
|1978–1979||Dale Brown||23–6||14–4||SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1979–1980||Dale Brown||26–6||14–4||SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Elite Eight|
|1980–1981||Dale Brown||31–5||17–1||SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four|
|1981–1982||Dale Brown||14–14||11–7||NIT First Round|
|1982–1983||Dale Brown||19–13||10–8||NIT First Round|
|1983–1984||Dale Brown||18–11||11–7||NCAA First Round|
|1984–1985||Dale Brown||19–10||13–5||SEC Champions; NCAA First Round|
|1985–1986||Dale Brown||26–12||9–9||NCAA Final Four|
|1986–1987||Dale Brown||24–15||8–10||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1987–1988||Dale Brown||16–14||10–8||NCAA First Round|
|1988–1989||Dale Brown||20–12||11–7||NCAA First Round|
|1989–1990||Dale Brown||23–9||12–6||NCAA Second Round|
|1990–1991||Dale Brown||20–10||13–5||SEC Champions; NCAA First Round|
|1991–1992||Dale Brown||21–10||12–4||NCAA Second Round|
|1992–1993||Dale Brown||22–11||9–7||NCAA First Round|
|1999–2000||John Brady||28–6||12–4||SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2001–2002||John Brady||19–15||6–10||NIT Second Round|
|2002–2003||John Brady||21–11||8–8||NCAA First Round|
|2003–2004||John Brady||18–11||8–8||NIT First Round|
|2004–2005||John Brady||20–10||12–4||NCAA First Round|
|2005–2006||John Brady||27–9||14–2||SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four|
|2007–2008||John Brady (first 21 games)
Butch Pierre (last 10 games)
|2008–2009||Trent Johnson||27–8||13–3||SEC Champions; NCAA Second Round|
|2011–2012||Trent Johnson||18–15||7–9||NIT First Round|
NCAA Tournament History & Seeds
Prior to seeding LSU appeared in the 1953 and 1954 NCAA Tournaments.
- Lowe, Kent, ed. (2008). 2008-2009 LSU Basketball Media Guide. LSU Sports Information Office. p. 41. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Brady fired, will not coach Tennessee game Saturday – 1:35 p.m.". The Daily Reveille. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Brady out as LSU basketball coach". Rivals.com. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- , Trent Johnson Bio, lsusports.net.
- "LSU Retires Three Legends' Jerseys" by Herb Vincent at LSU Tigers website
- "LSU Retires Grad Shaq's Number" at CBS News, 11 February 2009
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- Official website
- Pete Maravich LSU film clips
- LSUhoops.com – LSU basketball coverage and photography