This season, the LSU Tigers were expected to be rebuilding after a horrible season under first year head coach Johnny Jones. When Jones arrived, he must have envisioned a season where he tried to keep Johnny O’Bryant III from the NBA draft and possibly helped LSU make it to the NIT. Instead, Jones has inherited a young group that wants to win and leaves everything on the court, which is the reason the Tigers are undefeated 5 games into the season.
The Tigers are led by O’Bryant and an unexpected early season explosion from junior forward Shavon Coleman. Coleman is dominating in every game. If Coleman continues to play this entire year like he has the beginning of the season, LSU will go from an expected mid-level SEC team to one of the top teams in the conference.
LSU’s first challenge of the season came against the Seton Hall Pirates, a mid-level Big East team. Expected to lose, the Tigers persevered and won. LSU’s survival of their first challenge sets a positive tone for the rest of the season and winning could become a habit.
LSU will not be challenged again until Dec. 22, when the Tigers travel to Marquette to play a very talented Golden Eagles team. If LSU continues to soar behind the amazing play of Anthony Hickey, O’Bryant and Coleman, the Tigers could begin SEC play with only one or two losses. If all goes according to plan, LSU could make the NCAA tournament during a rebuilding season – extremely bright signs for the future.