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LSU Tigers men's basketball

For the LSU women's basketball team, see LSU Lady Tigers basketball.

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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.


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.[1] 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)

From 1957-1966, LSU was coached by Jay McCreary (1957–1965) and Frank Truitt (1965-1966 season). They combined for a record of 88-135.

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.[2][3]

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.[4] 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

Year Player
1970 Pete Maravich
1991 Shaquille O'Neal

National Coach of the Year

Year Coach
1981 Dale Brown

Prominent players

Hall of Famers

Player Position Career Induction
Bob Pettit PF 1950–54 1971
Pete Maravich G 1966–70 1987

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Career Year No. Retired
23 Pete Maravich [5] G 1967–70
33 Shaquille O'Neal [5][6] C 1989-92 2000
40 Rudy Macklin [5] SF 1976-81
50 Bob Pettit [5] PF 1950–54 1954

SEC Player of the Year

Player Year(s)
Pete Maravich 1968, 1969, 1970
Durand "Rudy" Macklin 1981
Chris Jackson 1989, 1990
Shaquille O'Neal 1991, 1992
Stromile Swift 2000
Brandon Bass 2005
Glen Davis 2006
Marcus Thornton 2009

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.

Huey P. Long Field House

Main article: 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.

LSU Gym/Armory

Main article: LSU Gym/Armory

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

Main article: 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.[10]

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.[11]

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility

Main article: 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.[12]

Head coaches

Name Years Record Pct.
Edgar Wingard 1909–1909 5–2 (.714)
John W. Mayhew 1909–1911 11–4 (.733)
F.M. Long 1911–1913 6–9 (.400)
C. C. Stroud 1913–1918 63–19 (.768)
R.E. Edmonds 1918–1919 1–0 (1.000)
C. C. Stroud 1919–1920 19–2 (.905)
Branch Bocock 1920–1921 19–4 (.826)
Frank "Tad" Gormley 1921–1923 25–11 (.694)
"Moon" Ducote 1923–1924 8–12 (.400)
Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson 1924–1925 10–7 (.588)
Harry Rabenhorst 1925–1942 181–134 (.575)
Dale Morey 1942–1944 28–19 (.596)
Jesse Fatheree 1944–1945 11–7 (.611)
A.L. Swanson 1944–1945 4–2 (.667)
Harry Rabenhorst 1945–1957 159–130 (.550)
Jay McCreary 1957–1965 82–115 (.416)
Frank Truitt 1965–1966 6–20 (.231)
Press Maravich 1966–1972 76–86 (.469)
Dale Brown 1972–1997 448–301 (.598)
John Brady 1997–2008 167–111 (.601)
Butch Pierre 2008 (interim) 5–5 (.500)
Trent Johnson 2008–2012 67-64 (.511)
Johnny Jones 2013–Present 19-12 (.613)

Year-by-year results

Season Coach Overall
Post-Season Results
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA)
1909 Edgar Wingard 5–2 2–0
1910 John W. Mayhew 3–1 2–0
1911 John W. Mayhew 8–3 6–1
1912 F.M. Long 4–6 2–3
1913 F.M. Long 2–3 1–3
1913–1914 C. C. Stroud 7–5 0–4
1914–1915 C.C. Stroud 10–1 3–1
1915–1916 C.C. Stroud 14–10 6–7
1916–1917 C.C. Stroud 20–2 11–0
1917–1918 C.C. Stroud 12–1 3–0
1919 R.E. Edmonds 1–0 0–0
1919–1920 C.C. Stroud 19–2 8–2
Southern Conference (SoCon)
1921 Branch Bocock 19–4 5–2
1922 Frank "Tad" Gormley 15–1 3–1
1922–1923 Frank "Tad" Gormley 10–10 0–6
1924 "Moon" Ducote 8–12 0–7
1925 Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson 10–7 1–4
1926 Harry Rabenhorst 9–9 4–5
1927 Harry Rabenhorst 7–9 3–5
1928 Harry Rabenhorst 14–4 7–3
1929 Harry Rabenhorst 8–13 5–9
1930 Harry Rabenhorst 10–11 6–7
1931 Harry Rabenhorst 7–8 4–4
1932 Harry Rabenhorst 11–9 8–8
Southeastern Conference (SEC)
1933 Harry Rabenhorst 15–8 13–7
1934 Harry Rabenhorst 13–4 13–3
1935 Harry Rabenhorst 14–1 12–0 SEC Champions; National Champions
1935–1936 Harry Rabenhorst 10–10 9–6
1936–1937 Harry Rabenhorst 13–7 7–6
1937–1938 Harry Rabenhorst 10–10 7–6
1938–1939 Harry Rabenhorst 13–7 10–5
1939–1940 Harry Rabenhorst 10–8 8–4
1940–1941 Harry Rabenhorst 9–9 7–5
1941–1942 Harry Rabenhorst 8–7 8–3
1942–1943 Dale Morey 18–4 11–2
1943–1944 Dale Morey 10–15 0–4
1944–1945 Jesse Fatheree (first 18 games)
A.L. Swanson (last 6 games)
15–9 3–3
1945–1946 Harry Rabenhorst 18–3 8–0
1946–1947 Harry Rabenhorst 17–4 8–2
1947–1948 Harry Rabenhorst 8–18 4–8
1948–1949 Harry Rabenhorst 15–10 7–6
1949–1950 Harry Rabenhorst 13–12 5–8
1950–1951 Harry Rabenhorst 10–14 7–8
1951–1952 Harry Rabenhorst 17–7 9–6
1952–1953 Harry Rabenhorst 22–3 13–0 SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four
1953–1954 Harry Rabenhorst 20–5 14–0 SEC Champions
1954–1955 Harry Rabenhorst 6–18 3–11
1955–1956 Harry Rabenhorst 7–17 5–9
1956–1957 Harry Rabenhorst 6–19 1–13
1957–1958 Jay McCreary 7–18 3–11
1958–1959 Jay McCreary 10–15 2–12
1959–1960 Jay McCreary 5–18 3–11
1960–1961 Jay McCreary 11–14 6–8
1961–1962 Jay McCreary 13–11 7–7
1962–1963 Jay McCreary 12–12 5–9
1963–1964 Jay McCreary 12–13 8–6
1964–1965 Jay McCreary 12–14 7–9
1965–1966 Frank Truitt 6–20 2–14
1966–1967 Press Maravich 3–23 1–17
1967–1968 Press Maravich 14–12 8–10
1968–1969 Press Maravich 13–13 7–11
1969–1970 Press Maravich 22–10 13–5 NIT Final Four
1970–1971 Press Maravich 14–12 10–8
1971–1972 Press Maravich 10–16 6–12
1972–1973 Dale Brown 14–10 9–9
1973–1974 Dale Brown 12–14 6–12
1974–1975 Dale Brown 10–16 6–12
1975–1976 Dale Brown 12–14 5–13
1976–1977 Dale Brown 15–12 8–10
1977–1978 Dale Brown 18–9 12–6
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
1993–1994 Dale Brown 11–16 5–11
1994–1995 Dale Brown 12–15 6–10
1995–1996 Dale Brown 12–17 4–12
1996–1997 Dale Brown 10–20 3–13
1997–1998 John Brady 9–18 2–14
1998–1999 John Brady 12–15 4–12
1999–2000 John Brady 28–6 12–4 SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–2001 John Brady 13–16 2–14
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
2006–2007 John Brady 17–15 5–11
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
2009–2010 Trent Johnson 11–20 2–14
2010–2011 Trent Johnson 11–21 3–13
2011–2012 Trent Johnson 18–15 7–9 NIT First Round
2012–2013 Johnny Jones 19-12 9-9

NCAA Tournament History & Seeds

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11
Seeds → 3 1 1 - - 7 4 11 10 9 10 5 6 7 11 - - - - - - 4 - - 8 - 6 4 - - 8 - -

Prior to seeding LSU appeared in the 1953 and 1954 NCAA Tournaments.

The 1986 team is the lowest-seeded team ever to advance to the Final Four, along with George Mason in 2006 and Virginia Commonwealth in 2011.

See also


External links

  • LSU Sports Official Site
  • Pete Maravich LSU film clips
  • – LSU basketball coverage and photography
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