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LSU’s postseason picture is gaining clarity after pivotal win over Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jalyn Patterson (15) takes the ball to the hoop between Ole Miss defenders Dwight Coleby (23) and LaDarius White, right, in the second half Saturday at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. Ole Miss led 27-23 at half, but LSU came back to win 73-63.

Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the LSU men’s basketball team’s postseason picture is starting to come into focus. In fact, the picture is much clearer now for both the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments following Saturday’s crucial 73-63 victory over Ole Miss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. It was crucial because it gave LSU a… Continue reading →

A.J. Andrews’ 6 RBIs help LSU softball team dispose of Stephen F. Austin, improve to 21-0

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder A.J. Andrews (6) safely steals second base, avoiding the tag by Stephen F. Austin second baseman Taylor Vick (34), Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU softball team had to make Sunday’s game against Stephen F. Austin quick in order to beat the weather rolling into Tiger Park. The Tigers got a little wet at the end of the game, but it only took a little more than an hour and a half to send the Ladyjacks home as No. 7… Continue reading →

DaShawn Harden powers LSU women past No. 12 Texas A&M 80-63; Lady Tigers score No. 4 seed and double-bye in SEC tournament

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's DaShawn Harden (24) pulls up for a shot during the first half of LSU's 80-63 win over Texas A&M Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In her final home game as an LSU Lady Tiger, DaShawn Harden was never better. The senior guard poured in a career-high 28 points — 22 of them in the first half — as LSU rolled to a crucial 80-63 win Sunday over No. 12 Texas A&M at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Lady Tigers… Continue reading →

Full Court blog: LSU basketball team greatly improves its chances for a tournament bid

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jalyn Patterson (15)  pressures Ole Miss guard Terence Smith (3) on the Rebels' offensive end in the first half Saturday at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. Ole Miss led 27-23 at half.

The LSU basketball team’s key victory over Ole Miss on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center greatly enhanced its chances for an NCAA tournament bid. On Sunday morning, LSU found out that the Tigers had vaulted into the top 50 on the updated NCAA.com and ESPN.com Ratings Percentage Index lists. RPI is… Continue reading →

LSU one step closer to NCAA tournament after Tim Quarterman’s historic triple-double powers Tigers past Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tim Quarterman (55) splits Ole Miss defenders Stefan Moody, left, and Aaron Jones, right, for two points in the first half Saturday at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. Ole Miss led 27-23 at half. Quarterman had the school's first triple-double since Shaquille O'Neal's in 1992.

After watching guard Tim Quarterman injure his left ankle taking a spill in practice Friday, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones didn’t know whether Quarterman would be available for Saturday’s key Southeastern Conference game against Ole Miss. Even in a best-case scenario, having Quarterman dress out and play, Jones didn’t know what he would get from his… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Tigers starting to look dangerous at the right time

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Jordan Mickey dunks over Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody in the second half Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Moment by moment, possession by possession, by each rebound and dunk and block and steal, the LSU Tigers may finally be evolving into the basketball team we all thought it could be. The latest evidence: Saturday’s 73-63 over Ole Miss. For just the second time this season the Tigers are proud owners of a three-game Southeastern Conference… Continue reading →

LSU notches 10 wins in SEC play

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach  Johnny Jones contests a call in the second half of Saturday's game. Ole Miss led 27-23 at halftime, but LSU came back to win 73-63.

The LSU basketball team reached a couple of important milestones under the direction of third-year coach Johnny Jones in Saturday’s 73-63 victory over Ole Miss in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.… Continue reading →

LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from Mississippi, is at the center of recruiting sanctions the program has suffered — penalties Continue reading →

LSU rolls up 31 hits, sweeps doubleheader against Princeton with 15-4 nightcap win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley (23) hits a triple into centerfield in the first inning against Princeton, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Jake Fraley slid into third base for what appeared to be a triple. It was officially ruled as a triple. Seconds later, Fraley raced across home plate, Alex Box Stadium erupted and LSU’s dugout exploded onto the field: inside the park home run. Well, kind of. Fraley’s triple-turned-homer highlighted and exemplified the Tigers’ doubleheader sweep of Princeton on Saturday,… Continue reading →

LSU softball team cruises to two more wins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pinch runner Sydney Bourg (10) crosses the plate past catcher Alex Miller to score in the second inning against Florida Atlantic, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

In the week leading up to the Purple and Gold Challenge at Tiger Park and in the midst of the program’s best start in history, LSU softball coach Beth Torina was adamant her team hasn’t quite put it all together yet. Even in two mercy-rule wins Saturday, Torina’s assertions were on display. The Tigers shook off… Continue reading →

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri still concerned about defensive play at third base

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU third baseman Danny Zardon warms up between innings during Saturday's first game against Princeton at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri isn’t hiding his concerns about the third base position. “Two errors a game isn’t going to cut it at that position,” Mainieri said following Friday night’s 3-2 win against Princeton. Sophomore Danny Zardon and freshman Bryce Jordan both committed errors at the hot corner in that game, bringing the duo’s total to four through… Continue reading →

LSU women still have a shot at the No. 3 seed in the SEC

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Raigyne Moncrief is averaging 11.4 points as the Lady Tigers enter their final game of the regular season Sunday against Texas A&M in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Two rough road losses have deposited the LSU women’s basketball team back on their doorstep with a 15-12 overall record and what would seem to be bracket-busted NCAA tournament hopes. But Sunday, the final day of the Southeastern Conference regular season, the Lady Tigers are still in there crunching numbers with some of the best teams in the… Continue reading →

Behind another offensive outburst from Jake Fraley, LSU beats Princeton 7-2 to secure series win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley, center, breaks between teammates Connor Hale and Grayson Byrd after hitting a three-run triple that scored Hale, Michael Papierski and Byrd during Saturday's first game at Alex Box Stadium. Fraley also scored after Princeton shortstop Billy Arendt committed an error.

Jake Fraley really wants to keep his job in left field. Or maybe it’s just that haircut of his. Fraley continued his hot hitting streak, blasting a pair of triples, and freshman starting pitcher Jake Godfrey didn’t allow an earned run in his longest stay on the mound this season as LSU beat Princeton 7-2 in the first… Continue reading →

LSU vs. Ole Miss: What you need to know about one of the Tigers' biggest games of the season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Jalyn Patterson works the ball against Florida on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Patterson scored six points and had four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Tigers' 70-63 win.

Opening Tip is posted about five hours before each game this season.

General Info

What: Ole Miss (19-9, 10-5 SEC) at LSU (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
All-time series: LSU leads 118-87
Last meeting: LSU 75, Ole Miss 71 (at Oxford, Miss., Jan. 14, 2015)
TV: FSNO
Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7
In game Twitter updates:… Continue reading →

LSU, Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis sue each other over disputed buyout

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator John Chavis yells during LSU's spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The budding rivalry between LSU and Texas A&M has moved from the football field to the courthouse. Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis and LSU filed lawsuits against each another Friday as the sides continue to squabble over whether the former LSU assistant owes a $400,000 buyout. The Advocate received copies of both lawsuits. LSU filed… Continue reading →

For the LSU men, defense leads to offense — and it needs to again Saturday during a pivotal game against visiting Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) is closely guarded by LSU's Tim Quarterman (55) and Josh Gray (5)  in the second half of LSU's 71-69 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Even though the LSU men’s basketball team ranks among the Southeastern Conference’s scoring leaders at 74.0 points per game, the Tigers know where their up-tempo offense really starts: about 70 feet from their basket. A strong inside presence with Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey, coupled with sticky perimeter defense from Tim Quarterman, Keith Hornsby and Jalyn Patterson, have… Continue reading →

LSU baseball steals its way to win over Princeton; coach Paul Mainieri: 'You live by the sword, and you die by the sword'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jared Foster (17) runs to first base on a base hit against Princeton, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Before Opening Day, hitting coach Andy Cannizaro said LSU would look to be more aggressive on the base paths. Friday night showed that he wasn’t lying. LSU turned to its top three hitters in the lineup to set the tone early and often, stealing its way to a 3-2 victory on Friday night against Princeton.… Continue reading →

On deck: Princeton at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley is safe on second, beating the tag by Princeton's Danny Hoy, during Friday's game at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (8-1) vs. Princeton (0-1) WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 8 and has high as No. 2. Princeton is not ranked. STARTING PITCHERS: Saturday (first game) — Princeton, Jr. RH Luke Strieber (1-3, 5.79) vs. LSU, Fr. RH Jake Godfrey (1-0, 2.08); Saturday… Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics team dumps Alabama to complete perfect SEC season

LSU's Ashleigh Gnat performs on beam during a meet against the University of Alabama held at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Friday Feb. 27, 2015. Gnat scored a 9.85 on beam and a 39.475 in the all-around.  The Tuscaloosa News | Erin Nelson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An already historic season for the LSU gymnastics team reached another milestone Friday night as the Tigers edged Alabama 197.350-197.225 to finish undefeated in the Southeastern Conference for the first time. “It’s huge,” coach D-D Breaux said. “There’s so much parity. This is such a great conference; every team on any given night.… Continue reading →

LSU softball team digs deep, goes deep to improve to 18-0

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU celebrates with teammate Bianka Bell (27) at home plate after Bell's home run in the third inning against Stephen F. Austin during LSU's Purple and Gold Challenge, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La. Bell's home run tied the career home run mark.

The LSU softball team was in the process of digging itself out of the biggest hole it had seen all season when Sahvanna Jaquish stepped to the plate. The Tigers had already cut Ball State’s lead to one run late in the fifth inning after climbing out of a season-worst three-run deficit earlier in the night, but… Continue reading →

LSU report: Tori Bliss cashes in at SEC meet shot put

LEXINGTON, Ky. — One throw was all it took for LSU senior Tori Bliss to spin into history as she turned and unleashed a throw of 60 feet, 1 inch on her first attempt of the women’s shot put competition to smash the SEC indoor championships meet record and capture her first career SEC title in the event… Continue reading →

Saturday baseball change: LSU changes series against Princeton to a Saturday doubleheader due to the forecast of inclement weather on Sunday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley (23) is tagged out at second base by Boston College second baseman Blake Butera (3) in the third inning, Friday, Feb. 20, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

The forecast of inclement weather on Sunday has forced LSU to have a doubleheader on Satursday to complete its three-game baseball series against Princeton. The doubleheader will start at 4 p.m. with the second game to follow 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.… Continue reading →

LSU baseball pregame: Princeton vs. LSU at Alex Box Stadium

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Conner Hale gets Southeastern's Kevin Carr out at first base in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

. Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our postgame blog. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

A consensus is starting to develop on NCAA tournament seeding for LSU

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's Josh Gray (5) drives to the basket as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) defends in the second half of LSU's 69-71 loss to #1 Kentucky Tuesday night in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

. National bracketologists Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com and Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com both came out with updated NCAA tournament projections Friday morning. LSU remains on both brackets although Palm lists LSU, which will host Ole Miss on Saturday in a key Southeastern Conference matchup, among his teams “on the bubble.” Click here… Continue reading →

Records: LSU slapped with recruiting sanctions after prospect backs out of commitment

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads players including LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) onto the field, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Nashville at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

A recruit’s decision not to enroll at LSU after signing a financial aid agreement has the football program in some hot water. LSU is banned from signing early enrollee recruits to financial aid agreements for the next two years, and the program will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, according to… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU gambled and lost — but you can also blame the NCAA and another mindless rule

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles gestures to an official during a review during the Alabama game Nov. 8.

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to be in Indianapolis for an NCAA men’s basketball tournament mock selection exercise. It was a highly organized, informative, exceptionally professional event. It was the NCAA at its big-time best. Thursday, we were witness once again to the NCAA at its bureaucratic worst. LSU’s football program was… Continue reading →

Jake Fraley’s two-run triple propels LSU to 9-8 win over Southeastern Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Jake Fraley throws the ball infield during the game against Southeastern in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Jake Fraley was tired of being beaten and battered. He took out his frustration at just the right time. Fraley hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning to lift LSU to a 9-8 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night, bailing out the Tigers for what could have been a historic loss. LSU avoided back-to-back home midweek… Continue reading →

On deck: Princeton at LSU

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- LSU left-hander Jared Poché

LSU (6-1) vs. Princeton (0-0) WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 8 and has high as No. 2. Princeton is not ranked. STARTING PITCHERS: Friday — Princeton, So. RH Chad Powers (3-4, 4.91) vs. LSU, So. LH Jared Poché (2-0, 1.54); Saturday — Princeton, Jr.… Continue reading →

Tigers eye tournament double-bye

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU Tigers head coach Johnny Jones in the Tigers' SEC home opener against Georgia, Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.

While the final three games of the regular season are extremely important to the NCAA tournament hopes of the LSU basketball team, Saturday’s matchup with Ole Miss became bigger Wednesday night. LSU moved within one game of fourth place in the Southeastern Conference standings when Ole Miss fell to Georgia 76-72, which means the Tigers… Continue reading →

LSU women's basketball team loses to Ole Miss 58-57

LSU suffered a painful 58-57 loss Thursday night at Ole Miss, but when the smoke cleared it wasn’t as bad for the Lady Tigers as it could have been. Though LSU lost, it’s part of a four-team free-for-all for a pair of top four seeds in next week’s… Continue reading →