2009–10 LSU Tigers basketball team

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2009-10 LSU Tigers men's basketball
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
2009-10 record 11–20 (2–14 SEC)
Head coach Trent Johnson
Assistant coach Donny Guerinoni
Assistant coach Keith Richard
Assistant coach Brent Scott
Home arena Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Seasons
← 2008-09
2010-11 →
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 LSU Tigers men's basketball team represented the Louisiana State University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. The Head Coach was Trent Johnson who was in his second season at LSU. The team played its home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 11–20, 2–14 in SEC play and lost in the first round of the 2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Previous season[edit]

Trent Johnson completed his first season as head coach of the Tiger men's basketball team in 2009. His first season was very successful as the Tigers won SEC West division title and the overall SEC regular season title which earned them the #1 seed in the 2009 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. As a result of earning the top seed, the Tigers received a first round bye. The Tigers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the second round 67-58. However, Mississippi St. proved to be too much in the semi-finals eliminating the Tigers 57-67.

After the SEC Tournament, the Tigers fate was in the hands of the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Tigers were awarded the #8 seed in the South bracket for the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. This was the first time the Tigers had made the NCAA tournament since making it to the 2006 Final Four. The Tigers had to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to play the first two rounds of the tournament.

In the opening round of the tournament, LSU squared off against the #9 seed Butler, who finished the regular season 26-5. The Tigers seemed to be in control of the game leading by as much as 13, and by a score of 35-29 at the half. However, Butler continued to fight their way back using the size of Matt Howard who finished the game with 22. In the end though, the Tigers were able to prevail 75-71 behind Marcus Thornton's 30 points.[1]

The 2008-09 squad compiled and overall record of 27-8, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.[2]

Preseason[edit]

The 2009–10 Tigers men's basketball team had a much different look than the team that competed the previous season. The Tigers replaced the following seniors from 2008–09:

However, Tasmin Mitchell decided to withdraw his name from the 2009 NBA draft and return to LSU for his red-shirt senior season. He joined junior Bo Spencer as the only two starters returning from last year.

Honors[edit]

Senior forward Tasmin Mitchell is the only Tiger thus far[when?] to receive any preseason accolades. Mitchell was recently named to watchlist for the 2009–10 Naismith Award,[3] as well as being rated the #4 small forward in college basketball by Rivals.com.[4] During SEC media days prior to the season, Mitchell was named a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection by the SEC coaches.[5]

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Dotson
SG
Seattle, WA Rainier Beach High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Oct 22, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Eddie Ludwig
PF
Metairie, Louisiana Metairie Park Country Day School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oct 13, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 87
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: Not ranked   Rivals: Not ranked
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 LSU Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 1 Mitchell, TasminTasmin Mitchell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr Denham Springs, Louisiana
F 3 Green, GarrettGarrett Green 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Woodland Hills, California
G 4 Bass, ChrisChris Bass 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Baton Rouge, Louisiana
F 5 White, MalcolmMalcolm White 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
G 10 Populist, DaronDaron Populist 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Slidell, Louisiana
G 11 Spencer, BoBo Spencer 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Jr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
G 12 Dotson, AaronAaron Dotson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Seattle, Washington
F 13 Ludwig, EddieEddie Ludwig 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Metairie, Louisiana
G 14 Beattie, ChrisChris Beattie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jr Slidell, Louisiana
F 15 Harris, DennisDennis Harris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Jonesboro, Georgia
G/F 1 Traxler, CalvinCalvin Traxler 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Grand Rapids, Michigan
F 22 Jacobsen, TaylorTaylor Jacobsen 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Charlotte, North Carolina
F 24 Warren, StormStorm Warren 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Monroe, Louisiana
G 30 Farrer, AlexAlex Farrer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2009-11-11

Schedule[edit]

2010 LSU Tigers basketball Game Log
Regular Season
Post-Season

References[edit]