The beginning of the SEC game was not good for LSU basketball and Trainer Matt McMahon, as the Tigers are 1-4 in the league after suffering a 106-66 loss in Alabama on Saturday. While the Crimson Tide has garnered controversy as college basketball’s best team, it didn’t make such an embarrassing portrayal any easier for McMahon and company. After the game, McMahon called the loss “a kick in the ass” during an appearance on his radio show.
“That was the most thorough kick in the butt I’ve ever experienced,” McMahon said via LSU’s website. “I have a lot of credit to give to Alabama. Not a lot of positives to take away, I think the only thing is we didn’t lay down in the second half and were beaten by a hundred. You look at it, they started 5 of 17 of 3, we don’t get any of those defensive rebounds. They go nine of their next 10 of 3, you combine that with us going 3 for 20 from a 2 point range, 15% in the first half and that’s how the game looks.
KJ Williams and Cam Hayes were the only Tigers to score double digits with 10 points each. Alabama, meanwhile, received 31 points from the star freshman Brandon Miller. The Tide led 59-22 at halftime and also surpassed LSU by three points in the second half.
“We challenged our boys before the game to make sure they were ready to go out of goal,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said of BamaOnLine. “We had to play harder than they did. I thought our rebound early in the game was outstanding. At one point early in the game, the second chance points were 18-3. We obviously hit a lot of three-pointers, and we didn’t .” “I don’t even shoot that great, really. We took a lot of them, but a lot of them came on O-boards. So really our defense in the first half, our offensive rebounds, a lot of effort, that’s what got me was most happy. We then told our guys that we’re going to focus on that. The offensive will take care of itself. Let’s make sure we play harder. The blue-collar points that we’re recording we had double in the game. I think it was 102-51. We tried to focus on those areas and not turn the ball around. I think our offense will take care of itself when we do that and it took care of itself tonight completed.”
LSU fell to 12-5 overall and ranks only 110th on the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET). While the Tigers’ overall record doesn’t look bad, they have picked up a large handful of wins over cupcake opponents in the non-conference schedule. LSU has yet to win an away game this season.
Next up, the road doesn’t get any easier for LSU. McMahon must rally the troops ahead of a home game against Auburn on Wednesday before the Tigers welcome Tennessee, one of the SEC’s top two teams along with Alabama, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday. LSU currently sits second to bottom in the SEC alongside Arkansas and Mississippi State, ahead of winless Ole Miss.
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The Tigers are a starter behind as a junior wing Mwani Wilkinson has missed the last three games of LSU.