New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-11-25 12:08:00 –
Wilwade was his usual candid self after his team won five times in a row to start the season on Monday night.
LSU had just demolished Belmont 83-53, and after a brief review of the biased victory, Wade was already moving on to the next game.
In this case, Wade wasn’t focused on rivals at the Southeastern Conference, nor was he a top 25 opponent.
This was the appearance of two LSU games at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida, about 20 miles northwest of Destin. The Tigers will play on Friday and Saturday on the home floor of the junior college team Northwest Florida State University.
LSU (5-0) will face Pennsylvania State University (3-1) at 6 pm on Friday, and the game will be aired by the CBS Sports Network.
On Saturday, the Tigers will take on either Wake Forest or Oregon to meet in a match later Friday. If LSU wins, it will play Saturday at 6 pm. Loss means tip off at 3 pm.
Wade had been thinking ahead of Monday night, as holiday tournaments and multi-team events haven’t been a strength since he took over the program in March 2017.
Wade led the LSU to the 88-40 overall mark, while the Tigers are only 4-6 in tournaments during the season.
They went 1-2 in the 2017 Maui Invitational and 1-2 in the 2018 Adobocare Invitational in Orlando, with the Jamaica Classic in the last two seasons and the Billiken Classic in a hurry in St. Louis. It became 1-1.
“We won a lot of games … we did a lot,” Wade said. “We were horrifying at these early season tournaments.”
Two things that remain in his mind are Orlando’s match against Florida and one year later against Jamaica’s Utah.
LSU took a 9-point lead over Florida with 3:05 remaining, lost 79-76 overtime, and saw an 80-78 retreat to Utah evaporate its advantage in the second half of 18 points. I did.
“We were just not good. This is another thing we have to do right,” Wade said. “We have to go to Destin and be trapped. We have to be ready for Pennsylvania State University on Friday night.
“Frankly, this is one of the areas we need to improve if we want to be the program we want to be. That was the message to the team.”
If the Tigers receive the message Wade gave them this summer and fall about solidifying their defenses, they can take the # 1 tournament trophy home.
So far, LSU has kept each opponent below 60 points. The 1946-47 campaign was the last to start the season when it held its opposition below 60 points.
Throughout Wednesday’s match, LSU was second among the 350 Division I teams to defend by allowing a match of 51.0 points.
The Tigers are also one of the best in the country in steal (13.8, 2nd per game), forced turnover (21.0, 6th) and total block (34, 14th).
“This is the new LSU,” said point guard Xavier Pinson after the LSU blew up Belmont. “We cultivate defense. When we play well in defense, we play well in offense. We have poured that defense into our attack.”
The Tigers are 30th in the attack score with 85.4 points per game. In collaboration with the defense, this creates the highest scoring margin in the country of 34.4 points in one game.
After his team plays the first five games at home, Wade wants those statistics to move to at least a neutral court.
“We have to go there on a mission and to win things,” he said. “To win things, you have to win the first one.
“But we need to be better in these environments, and we weren’t.”
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