The LSU Tigers have a long tradition of winning basketball. They have made the NCAA Tournament 22 times in their school history with nine trips to the Sweet Sixteen, six Elite Eight appearances and four trips to the Final Four, the most recent in 2006.
Some of college basketball’s greatest players have played at LSU including the greatest player in the game’s history, Pete Maravich. Maravich is the leading scorer not only in LSU history, but also in Division I college basketball history. Maravich averaged over 44 points per game in his three years on the LSU varsity team. Had he played in the era when freshmen were allowed to play on the varsity teams and with the three point shot, who knows how many career points he would have scored? He may have broken 5,000.
Some of the great players to play for the Tigers besides Maravich include Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit, Rudy Macklin, Chris Jackson, Stromile Swift, Brandon Bass, Big Baby Davis, Tyrus Thomas, Marcus Thornton, and many more.
LSU has also played in the NIT seven times, advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 1970. Their most recent trip to the NIT was in 2014 when they advanced to the second round.
Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a great home court advantage for the Tigers. Last season, they were one of the teams that came close to spoiling Kentucky’s undefeated regular season when they had a buzzer beater rim out. Clearly the home crowd helped the Tigers stay with the #1 ranked Wildcats throughout the game.
The Maravich Assembly Center opened in 1972 and seats over 13,000 fans for the Tigers home games. The pep band and the Tiger Dance Girls keep the college basketball atmosphere at a high level throughout the game. You will enjoy your favorite concession items at Pete Maravich Assembly Center such as Louisiana staples jambalaya, crawfish pie, alligator sausage or BBQ shrimp poboys, and the basics such as hot dogs and nachos while enjoying a great SEC basketball game.
The SEC is the nation’s premier sports conference with schools such as Kentucky, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. With teams such as these regularly coming in, you are going to see a fantastic game.
The SEC Tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the Big Dance, but the conference regularly receives anywhere from two to five at-large bids, so these games are of huge importance in the race to the Final Four.
The Tigers home schedule at Pete Maravich Assembly Center includes McNeese St, Kennesaw State, South Alabama, North Florida, Gardner Webb, Oral Roberts, American, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, and Missouri.
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