Team preview: LSU

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:03 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

John Brady has fought through his share of adversity in his seven seasons at LSU, dealing with NCAA probation and scholarship restrictions, injuries, star players turning pro, and last year, his best player flat out quitting on him. Last June, Brady, used to hearing the worst, got a double dose of good news. First, Brady found out that star sophomore Brandon Bass was staying in school rather than throwing his name into the NBA draft pool. Next, Brady learned that heralded freshman Glen Davis was academically eligible to play this season. "That was a good month," Brady said.

PLAYERS

Good indeed. If Bass had turned pro and Davis hadn't qualified, the good year/bad year pattern that Brady thought he'd steered LSU away from the last three years might have returned, considering his roster would have been threadbare at the post positions. Now, with the 6-8, 252-pound Bass (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 bpg) and the 6-9, 310-pound Davis playing together, the Tigers can put a rock wall of a front line on the floor.

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