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Video: LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones says the Tigers continue to grow as a team

. LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones previews Wednesday's game against South Carolina and reviews the Tigers' wins last week. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Ross Dellenger's Twitter Mailbag

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

. Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Johnny Jones tries to keep LSU aware of South Carolina’s big wins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Johnny Jones talks with guard Keith Hornsby during a surprising loss to Texas A&M this month. Jones tries to keep the Tigers aware of their vulnerability and South Carolina's big wins as the Gamecocks visit the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday night.

To ensure his team doesn’t overlook anyone, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones looks at who a particular opponent has played and how it fared in those games. Sometimes, it can be a real eye-opener. Take, for example, South Carolina’s 68-45 blowout of Clemson on Dec. 19. When those intrastate rivals met, Clemson was 3½ weeks… Continue reading →

No more ‘Johnny Wholestaff’: LSU relievers hope to develop roles with addition of rookie starters

LSU pitcher Alden Cartwright and the Tigers' relievers might be more specialized this season. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Alden Cartwright actually enjoyed when he didn’t have a specific role in LSU’s bullpen last season. He never knew when coach Paul Mainieri would suddenly turn to him and say those five words. “I kind of like when Coach Mainieri is like, ‘Hey, Cartwright, go warm up,’ and two minutes later I’m in the game,” the former Runnels… Continue reading →

Southern falls to Alabama State 63-59 in OT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks and his staff lingered in the hallway outside the visitors locker room after the game Monday night in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Banks was trying to find the right words with which to address his team after a 63-59 overtime loss to Alabama State that determined first place… Continue reading →

Despite rough final few minutes, Southern women hold off Alabama State 53-49

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern women’s basketball team seemed to be rolling toward its fifth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference victory. The Jaguars led Alabama State by double figures for nearly all of the first 34 minutes, but then everything changed. They started missing shots and turning the ball over, and they watched their lead shrink… Continue reading →

Podcast: The LSU men's basketball team is proving itself to be worthy of the NCAA tournament

Associated Press photo by Mark Zaleski -- LSU guard Jalyn Patterson dives for a loose ball during the second half Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Patterson scored 10 points and had three assists in the Tigers' 79-75 overtime win over Vanderbilt.

. The victories are coming and the RPI is increasing. If the NCAA tournament were this week the LSU men's basketball team, by plenty of accounts, would definitely be in. But how good are the Tigers are what lies ahead? Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles answer those questions in this… Continue reading →

LSU forward Jordan Mickey named LSWA Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) is fouled by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) while going up for a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. LSU defeated Florida 79-61. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey)

. After averaging a double-double for the week and helping his team to a pair of conference road wins, LSU’s Jordan Mickey has been named the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after voting by a LSWA panel on Monday. Mickey opened the week with 14 points and 14… Continue reading →

LSU basketball starting to creep higher in NCAA tournament bracket projections

LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) celebrates with guard Keith Hornsby (4) after scoring against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won in overtime, 79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

After dropping to the high 50s in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) a week ago, the LSU men’s basketball team has climbed about 20 spots on the strength of back-to-back road wins against Florida and Vanderbilt. LSU, 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference going into Wednesday night’s home game against South Carolina, held down the 37th spot… Continue reading →

LSU is ranked No. 2 in Baseball America's preseason poll

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn, left, and head coach Paul Mainieri's Tigers are ranked No. 2 in Baseball America's preseason polls.

. LSU begins the 2015 season as the second-best team in the nation, according to at least one outlet. The Tigers are No. 2 in Baseball America’s preseason poll released Monday morning, their highest ranking of any preseason poll thus far. LSU has been ranked as low as No. 9 among the four polls released.… Continue reading →

Southern women seek road sweep

It’s one down, one to go for the Southern women’s basketball team. They began their farthest Southwestern Athletic Conference road trip with a convincing 77-55 victory at Alabama A&M on Saturday. Now, the Jaguars, who have won four straight games by an average margin of 21 points, visit Alabama State on Monday in Montgomery. “The Alabama… Continue reading →

Southern men set for Monday showdown at Alabama State

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder, right, says the Jaguars have picked up their intensity and focus for conference play.

The hottest men’s basketball teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday when Alabama State hosts Southern in Montgomery, Alabama. The Hornets (10-5 overall) lead the SWAC after winning their first six conference games. The Jaguars (9-12) are 6-1 in the conference after winning their past five to move into a tie with… Continue reading →

Rejuvenated offense, stingy defense helped LSU rally past Vanderbilt

LSU coach Johnny Jones talks with guard Tim Quarterman (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After learning the hard way, no one has to tell the LSU men’s basketball team that failing to put a team away when it has the opportunity can become a problem. It has happened three times to the Tigers since Southeastern Conference play began earlier this month, even though they managed… Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jarell Martin talks about coming up big in the final minutes of the Tigers' 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt forward James Siakam, left, steals the ball from LSU forward Jarell Martin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won in overtime ,79-75. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

. LSU forward Jarell Martin scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and three steals in the Tigers' 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

UNO rally falls short in OT loss to Islanders

UNO gave their largest crowd of the season everything they could have wanted for a homecoming game. Well, everything except a men’s college basketball win. After falling behind 18-2 to begin the game, the Privateers (5-10, 1-5) fought their way back and forced the game into overtime. But they eventually fell to Texas A&M Corpus Christi 71-67 in overtime… Continue reading →

Kendra Coleman back leading as Southern women trip Alabama A&M

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Kendra Coleman hadn’t been herself lately, and Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh let her know it. Coleman, the Jaguars’ senior shooting guard, hadn’t been the kind of leader Pugh wanted her to be through the first half of the season. That changed over the past few days, and it carried over… Continue reading →

Jaguars men shut down Alabama A&M at end

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Southern used its defense to come away with an important road win in a Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Saturday night at Elmore Gym. The Jaguars held Alabama A&M to three points in the final four-plus minutes to escape with a 65-58 victory before an announced crowd of 1,327. “Our… Continue reading →

LSU's young pitchers surrounded by veterans in field

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Alex Bregman tags the bag and outs Ashford Fulmer at second then throws to first for the double play against Houston on Monday, June 2, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the championship game of the first round of NCAA regionals.

In the living room of Jake Godfrey and Jake Latz’s apartment is a makeshift bed. It might as well have “Alex Bregman” engraved on its side. “He’s our guy,” Godfrey said smiling. Already, the veteran position players and freshman pitchers are mingling. It’s key for an LSU team that’ll rely on a… Continue reading →

SEC road remains friendly to Tigers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The road magic continued for the LSU basketball team Saturday night with a dramatic 79-75 overtime victory over Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium. LSU rallied from an eight-point deficit with 12:26 to play in the second half and managed to get the game to overtime, where it outscored Vanderbilt 10-6 for… Continue reading →

LSU stays hot on the road with a 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) is fouled going to basket by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four of the first five games in Southeastern Conference play were grinders for the LSU men’s basketball team. With the exception of an 18-point bashing of Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday night, the Tigers have had to go to the wire the other four times with two of them going to overtime… Continue reading →

LSU opening tip: LSU at Vanderbilt men's basketball at 5 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Johnny Jones talks with guard Keith Hornsby during a surprising loss to Texas A&M this month. Jones tries to keep the Tigers aware of their vulnerability and South Carolina's big wins as the Gamecocks visit the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday night.

. News and notes before the LSU at Vanderbilt men's basketball game at 5 p.m. on Saturday from Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles. Click here to see the report.

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LSU report: Track and field team starts quickly in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The LSU track and field team got off to a solid start at Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet at the Nutter Field House as Rodney Brown and Jada Martin turned in personal-best performances to rank among the NCAA’s elite in their respective events Friday Martin sprinted to victory in… Continue reading →

Allstate Sugar Bowl, UNO athletics partner up again this year

For the second year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the title sponsor for several UNO athletic events during the upcoming months. The connection begins Saturday with the “Home on the Lakefront” homecoming basketball doubleheader against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The women’s game begins at 4 p.m., with the men following at 6:15. “We take great pride in assisting… Continue reading →

Rheagan Courville leads LSU gymnastics team to a throttling of Missouri

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Rheagan Courville competes on the beam against Missouri in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  Courville was awarded top all-arounder with a score of 39.625

The exposure of her athletes and sport to a broader audience is what LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux has worked toward her entire career. Friday gave Breaux a taste of a possible side effect. Television pauses dotted LSU’s 197.350-192.675 throttling of Missouri in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, rendering the Tigers unable to seize momentum… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces of LSU All-Americans, staring expectantly from plaques on the iron and brick fence ringing the… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Mike Papierski hopes to add defense, pop

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU freshman catcher Mike Papierski jokes around with teammates between interviews during media day Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU hasn’t had a 6-foot-3 catcher on its roster since Bill Clinton worked in the Oval Office. The Tigers have, at long last, found another one. Freshman Mike Papierski will be the tallest catcher at LSU since 2000, when Brad Cresse crouched behind the plate in the original Alex Box Stadium and helped deliver the Tigers’… Continue reading →

As the experienced sophomore, Jared Poché is set to fill Aaron Nola’s role as the LSU baseball team’s leader

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore left-handed pitcher Jared Poche fields questions from the media during LSU Baseball's Media Day, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in the Champions Club at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. Poche is set to start on the Tigers' opening night against Kansas, Friday, Feb. 13.

On a windy Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Jared Poché stepped on the mound and delivered a fastball to batter Jared Foster for a strike. In a literal sense, the pitch opened LSU’s 2015 baseball practice. In a figurative sense, Poché’s fastball began his stint as the Tigers’ new Aaron Nola. In one… Continue reading →

Southern women focus on defense ahead of trip to Alabama A&M and Alabama State

The Southern women’s basketball team has won its past three games and has moved within a half-game of first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. How the Jaguars perform over the next three days could have a significant impact on where they stand when they return home from their annual two-game trip to Alabama. Southern (6-10, 4-2) is… Continue reading →

Southern eyes slower pace in Saturday’s game at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars guard Trelun Banks (3) drives past Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils guard Jurmelle Hall (42), Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

The Southern men’s basketball team had fun running up and down the court with Mississippi Valley State in a 79-55 victory Monday night. The Jaguars took advantage of the Delta Devils’ trapping defense to compile their highest point total against NCAA competition this season. “It’s fun playing that way,” guard Tre Lynch said. “As a team, we don’t… Continue reading →

7-footer Darcy Malone is coming up big for the LSU men’s basketball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU center Darcy Malone (22) passes the ball past Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10), Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

In his seemingly endless quest to find a fifth starter in his team’s first 15 games, LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones went through three big men: freshmen Elbert Robinson III and Aaron Epps and senior John Odo. Just about when he was out of possibilities, Jones finally got what he was looking for in an 87-84 double-overtime win… Continue reading →