New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-11-30 18:58:00 –
When it comes to scheduling, there’s a way to Will Wade’s madness.
There are actually multiple reasons why he put Ohio University into the slot on the final play day of the LSU before the Tigers took a nine-day break for the final exam.
The opportunity to schedule a solid mid-major program that won the Mid-American Conference Tournament a year ago and defeated defending national champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament was too good to pass on to Wade.
Therefore, LSU (7-0), who just won the Emerald Coast Classic title this weekend, will continue to play against Ohio (5-1) at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Games are only streamed on SEC Network +.
Brian Kelly, the new name LSU football coach, will join the game.
Wade said Tuesday that Ohio is having a hard time getting a high-major team to schedule a bobcat led by third-year coach Jeff Boals.
In fact, this is the second and last time Ohio has met the PowerFive conference team this season. Bobcat fell to Kentucky 77-59 at the Rupp Arena on November 19th.
“They won a lot of games,” Wade said of Ohio, who was named the second-placed MAC finish this season. “They played Kentucky early on and played a really really good game.
“That is, this is a big game because it concludes the first part of non-conference play.”
In the match against Ohio’s Kentucky, there were six lead changes and eight ties, with Bobcat leading for a significant part of the first half.
The Balls team held a four-point lead early in the second half, before Kentucky finally got off track. Still, Wildcats didn’t achieve a double-digit cushion until 7:45 in the second half.
Of course, Ohio is well known in the college basketball world for expelling Virginia from the NCAA tournament.
Despite being seeded in 13th place, Ohio was defeated by fifth-seeded Clayton 72-58 after shocking fourth-seeded 62-58 in the first round.
“Ohio is very, very good,” Wade said. “Coach Balls is doing a great job. They have hundreds of plays and different sets. They are doing a really, really good job.”
He pointed out that the Tigers’ pre-final court test was similar to the early season match between Liberty and Belmont. Ohio defeated Belmont 92-80 in the opening round on November 9.
The match against Ohio will take place after LSU overtime defeats Pennsylvania State University and Wake Forest wins the Emerald Coast Classic.
Wade’s hope is that Bobcat will challenge the Tigers. The Tigers’ next match will face Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on December 11th.
As of Monday night, LSU was one of the 20 undefeated teams remaining in Division I.
Whether undefeated or not, Wade said he needed further improvements, even though he celebrated the tournament title until the end of Thanksgiving weekend.
At the top of his list, he made too many turnovers with aggressive transitions and was inconsistent with rebounds.
“We have to be more defensive and aggressive, we have to have more deflection,” Wade said. “We need to strengthen those areas. We need to be better in those areas.”
Wake Forest won the battle on Backboard 34-33, the second time this season, and Pennsylvania State University was competitive with at least minus 7 overtime losses to LSU.
“That’s good, we’re on the way now,” Wade said of LSU’s first title at the holiday tournament for the first time in 17 years. “We put it off.
“Now we need to focus on finishing this first part of the unconference schedule as strongly as possible.”
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