LSU Tigers basketball

For the LSU women's basketball team, see LSU Lady Tigers basketball.
LSU Tigers basketball
2016–17 LSU Tigers basketball team
University Louisiana State University
Conference SEC
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Head coach Johnny Jones (5th year)
Arena Pete Maravich Assembly Center
(Capacity: 13,472)
Nickname Tigers
Colors Purple and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1953, 1981, 1986, 2006
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1953, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2006
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1953, 1954, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2006
NCAA Tournament appearances
1953, 1954, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2015
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1935, 1953, 1954, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1991, 2000, 2006, 2009

The LSU Tigers basketball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. The team is coached by Johnny Jones. LSU has enjoyed recent success, including a Final Four run in the 2005–06 season. Past coaches include Trent Johnson, John Brady, Press Maravich, Dale Brown and Harry Rabenhorst. They play their home games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team participates in the Southeastern Conference.


National championships

LSU retroactively claims a national championship for the 1934–35 season, but not on the basis of any determination by an external selector or outcome of any contest purporting to determine a national champion.

Year Coach Record Result
1934–35 Harry Rabenhorst 14–1 LSU 41 Pittsburgh Panthers 37 (American Legion Bowl)
Total national championships: 1

Final Fours

LSU has played in 4 Final Fours in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. The Tigers are 0-6 all-time in the Final Four, losing the third place game in 1953 and 1981. The third place game was discontinued after LSU's 78-74 loss to Virginia in 1981.

Year Coach Record
1952–53 Harry Rabenhorst 22–3
1980–81 Dale Brown 31–5
1985–86 Dale Brown 26–12
2005–06 John Brady 27–9
Total Final Fours: 4

Conference championships

LSU has won a total of ten conference championships and one conference tournament championship since becoming a founding member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1933.

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1935 SEC Harry Rabenhorst 14–1 12–0
1952–53 SEC Harry Rabenhorst 22–3 13–0
1953–54 SEC Harry Rabenhorst 20–5 14–0
1978–79 SEC Dale Brown 23–6 14–4
1979–80 SEC Tournament Dale Brown 26–6 14–4
1980–81 SEC Dale Brown 31–5 17–1
1984–85 SEC Dale Brown 19–10 13–5
1990–91 SEC Dale Brown 20-10 13–5
1999–2000 SEC John Brady 28–6 12–4
2005–06 SEC John Brady 27–9 14–2
2008–09 SEC Trent Johnson 27–8 13–3
Total conference championships: 11


1909 LSU Basketball team at State Field

Early history (1909–1957)

The 1935 Tigers – coached by Harry Rabenhorst, and keyed by the play of first LSU All-American Sparky Wade – finished the season at 14–1, defeating a Pittsburgh Panthers team that shared the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference championship and finished with an 18–6 overall record in the American Legion Bowl by a score of 41–37 in their final game of the season. LSU's lone defeat came to the Southwest Conference co-champion Rice Owls by a score of 56–47 in Houston in one of LSU's three road games.[2] LSU has claimed a national championship for the 1935 season (pre-NCAA Tournament), but not on the basis of any determination by an external selector.[3] (LSU is the only school that officially claims a national championship on the basis of a win in the American Legion Bowl, an event that made no claim to determine a national champion.[4] The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively named the 19–1 NYU Violets its national champion for the 1934–35 season. The retroactive Premo-Porretta Power Poll also ranked the Violets as its 1935 national champion. The Premo-Porretta poll ranked LSU fifth, behind second-ranked Richmond (20–0), third-ranked Duquesne (18–1), and fourth-ranked Kentucky (19–2); the poll ranked Pittsburgh—LSU's final opponent–16th nationally.[5])

Rabenhorst also led the Tigers to the 1953 Final Four with a team that finished 22–3 overall and 13–0 in conference play, and which included future NBA Hall of Famer Bob Pettit. Rabenhorst's 1953–54 Tigers repeated as SEC champions—again finishing undefeated in conference play at 14–0, and at 20–5 overall—and played in the Sweet Sixteen game of the 1954 NCAA Tournament, falling 78–70 to eventual national third-place Penn State.

Tough times (1957–1966)

From 1957–1966, LSU was coached by Jay McCreary (1957–1965) and Frank Truitt (1965–66 season). They combined for a record of 88–135. Significant players included George Nattin, Jr.[6]

Maravich era (1966–1972)

Press Maravich was head basketball coach from 1966–1972. He had an overall record of 76–86 at LSU. He led the team to three winning seasons, but did not win an SEC championship or make an NCAA tournament appearance. His 1969–70 team advanced to the NIT Final Four. This era is best known for the exploits of Press Maravich's son, Pete "Pistol Pete" Maravich whom he coached from 1967–1970. Pete dominated at the collegiate level averaging 44.2 points per game and was named National Player of the Year in 1970.

Dale Brown era (1972–1997)

Dale Brown was head LSU basketball coach for 25 years from 1972–1997. During his time at LSU, he led the basketball team to two final fours, four elite 8, five sweet sixteen and thirteen NCAA tournament appearances. He also led the Tigers to four regular season SEC championships and one SEC Tournament championship.

In 1996–97, Dale Brown signed Baton Rouge high school phenom Lester Earl. Earl played just 11 games at LSU before he was suspended and transferred to the University of Kansas soon afterward. While at Kansas, Earl said that an LSU assistant coach gave him money when he was at LSU. The NCAA quickly began an investigation. It found no evidence that Brown or his assistants paid Earl. However, it did find that a former booster paid Earl about $5,000 while he was attending LSU. The basketball team was placed on probation in 1998.

In September 2007, Lester Earl issued an apology to Brown, then-assistant head coach Johnny Jones, and LSU in general for his role in the NCAA investigation. Earl now claims that the NCAA pressured him into making false claims against Dale Brown or else he would lose years of NCAA eligibility. Earl said, "I was pressured into telling them SOMETHING. I was 19 years old at that time. The NCAA intimidated me, manipulated me into making up things, and basically encouraged me to lie, in order to be able to finish my playing career at Kansas. They told me if we don't find any dirt on Coach Brown you won't be allowed to play but one more year at Kansas. I caused great harm, heartache and difficulties for so many people. I feel sorriest for hurting Coach Brown. Coach Brown, I apologize to you for tarnishing your magnificent career at LSU."

The NCAA has declined any new comments on the situation. However, Brown says that he has forgiven Earl. "The most interesting journey that a person can make is discovering himself. I believe Lester has done that, and I forgive him." Collis Temple from Kentwood, La played a major role in Dale's coaching seeing his resilience prove to me that I could do the job.

John Brady era (1997–2008)

In 1997, John Brady replaced the legendary Dale Brown as head coach at LSU. When Brady arrived, the program was under probation and stinging from a recruiting scandal. Brady's first two years were rough.

In 2000, the Tigers broke through, posting a 28–6 record and a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance. However, due to the loss of Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith to the 2000 NBA Draft, the Tigers could not carry their momentum to the next year, going 13–16 in 2001.

Brady's team entered the 2005–06 season unranked, but were coming off a solid season in which they went 20–10 and made the NCAA Tournament. Led by Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Tyrus Thomas, the Tigers won their first outright SEC regular season championship since 1985, and earned a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After wins over Iona and Texas A&M, LSU defeated the #1 seed Duke and #2 seed Texas to make it to their first Final Four since 1986. Set at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 2006 Final Four was the first since 1980 to feature no #1 seeds (LSU, #2 UCLA, #3 Florida and #11 George Mason). Facing the #2 seed Bruins in the national semifinals, the Tigers were unable to solve UCLA's defense, losing 59–45, dropping LSU to 0–6 all-time in the men's Final Four (and 0–11 in all Final Four games, including an 0–5 mark in the women's Final Four). Despite the loss, the 2005–06 season will be remembered as one of the most successful in LSU men's basketball history. John Brady was fired in the middle of his 11th season as LSU's head basketball coach and just two seasons after the Tigers' latest Final Four appearance.

On February 8, 2008, Brady was fired from LSU. Earlier news reports stated that he would coach the Tennessee game on February 9, but LSU officials stated that his termination is immediate. Brady's assistant coach, Butch Pierre, took over as the interim head coach.[7][8]

In 10 and a half seasons at LSU, Brady compiled a 192–139 record, including two SEC titles and four NCAA tournament appearances.

Trent Johnson years (2009–2012)

On April 10, 2008, Trent Johnson was officially named the 20th head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team. With the hiring, Johnson became the first African-American head coach of a men's sports team at LSU. In his first season at LSU, Johnson led the Tigers to 27 wins, tied for the third most wins in a season in LSU history. The Tigers won the SEC regular season championship with a record of 13–3. LSU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. In the opening round, LSU defeated nationally ranked Butler one year prior to the Bulldogs starting their run of two straight trips to the NCAA Championship game. They advanced to the second round before falling, 84–70, to North Carolina. LSU had a second-half lead on the Tar Heels and the game was still in the balance entering the final eight minutes.

Johnson was named the 2009 consensus SEC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for four national coach of the year honors as he became the first LSU men's basketball coach to win the league title and take the team to post-season play in his first year at the school.[9] The next two seasons were not nearly as successful, as the Tigers won a combined 5 conference games and went 11–20 in consecutive years.

LSU improved to 18–15 in 2011–12 and earned a berth to the NIT, losing 96–76 in the first round at Oregon. Johnson resigned as LSU coach on April 8, 2012, in expectation of taking the same position at TCU.

Johnny Jones era (2012–present)

On April 13, 2012, Johnny Jones was officially named the 21st head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team. He has an overall record of 61–37 in three seasons at LSU. In the 2014–15 season, Jones led LSU to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 2008–09 season, where the Tigers fell to North Carolina State in their opening game, 66–65. In the 2015–16 season, Jones led the Tigers to a disappointing 19–14 overall record, including 11–7 in conference play. LSU was ranked 21st in the AP and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll to start the season. Much of the hype was centered around a top 10 recruiting class which included the No. 1 overall recruit, Ben Simmons. LSU failed to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament, and declined to participate in any postseason play. Following the season, Simmons announced he would leave for the NBA draft.


Bengal Brass

A group of 60 members selected from the ranks of the band constitute the Bengal Brass Basketball Band, often simply referred to as Bengal Brass.[10] This group of all-brass musicians (and percussionist on a trap set) is often split into two squads—purple and gold—and performs at LSU select home volleyball matches, many home gymnastics meets, all home men's basketball, and all home women's basketball games in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Bengal Brass also travels with the men's and women's basketball teams during postseason play.

LSU cheerleaders

LSU Cheerleaders

The LSU cheerleaders consist of both male and female cheerleaders that perform at men's and women's basketball games. The cheerleaders lead the crowd in numerous cheers during game play and breaks. The cheerleaders are located along the baseline for home basketball games. LSU's cheerleaders also compete against other universities cheerleading squads in competitions sanctioned by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). The 1989 Tiger cheerleaders won the UCA National Championship.[11]

LSU Tiger Girls

The LSU Tiger Girls were established as a danceline for the LSU men's and women's basketball teams. The all-female squad performs during all home games and other university and non-university sponsored functions. The Tiger Girls also compete against other universities dance teams in competitions sanctioned by the Universal Dance Association (UDA)[12]

National award winners

National Player of the Year

Year Player Position
1970 Pete Maravich G
1991 Shaquille O'Neal C

National Coach of the Year

Year Coach Position
1981 Dale Brown Head Coach

National Freshman of the Year

Year Player Position
1990 Chris Jackson G
2016 Ben Simmons F

Prominent players and coaches

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

Player Position Career Induction
Bob Pettit PF 1950–54 1971
Pete Maravich G 1966–70 1987
Shaquille O'Neal C 1989–92 2016

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

Player Position Career Induction
Bob Pettit PF 1950–54 2006
Pete Maravich G 1966–70 2006
Shaquille O'Neal C 1989–1992 2014
Dale Brown Head Coach 1972–1997 2014

Retired numbers

No. Player Position Career Year No. Retired
23 Pete Maravich [13] G 1967–70
33 Shaquille O'Neal [13][14] C 1989–92 2000
40 Rudy Macklin [13] SF 1976–81 2009
50 Bob Pettit [13] PF 1950–54 1954

SEC Player of the Year

Player Year(s)
Pete Maravich 1968, 1969, 1970
Rudy Macklin 1981
Chris Jackson 1989, 1990
Shaquille O'Neal 1991, 1992
Stromile Swift 2000
Brandon Bass 2005
Glen Davis 2006
Marcus Thornton 2009

SEC Freshman of the Year

Player Year(s)
Brandon Bass 2003–04
Glen Davis 2004–05
Tyrus Thomas 2005–06
Ben Simmons 2015–16

LSU's All-Americans

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
Malcolm "Sparky" Wade Guard 1935 Converse Yearbook
Bobby Lowther Forward 1946 Helms Athletic Foundation
Bob Pettit (3) Forward 1952, 1953, 1954 Converse Yearbook, Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI, NABC, International News Service, Look Magazine,

Colliers (Basketball coaches), Newspapers Enterprise Association, Tempo Magazine

Roger Sigler Forward 1956 Helms Athletic Foundation
"Pistol Pete" Maravich (3) Guard 1968, 1969, 1970 Converse Yearbook, Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI, NABC, International News Service, Sporting News, Newspapers Enterprise Association, United States Writers Basketball Association
Al Green Guard 1979 Converse Yearbook
Durand "Rudy" Macklin (2) Forward 1980, 1981 Converse Yearbook, Sporting News, United States Writers Basketball Association, UPI, Basketball Times, John R. Wooden Award
Ethan Martin Guard 1981 Converse Yearbook
Howard Carter Guard 1982, 1983 Converse Yearbook
Chris Jackson (2) Guard 1989, 1990 United States Basketball Writers Association, Associated Press, UPI, Sporting News, Basketball Times, NABC, John R. Wooden Award
Shaquille O'Neal (2) Center 1991, 1992 United States Basketball Writers Association, Associated Press, UPI, Sporting News, Basketball Times, NABC, John R. Wooden Award
Stromile Swift Forward 2000 United States Basketball Writers Association, Basketball Times, NABC
Glen Davis Forward 2006 Associated Press, John R. Wooden Award,
Marcus Thornton Guard 2009
Ben Simmons Forward 2016 Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association
Source:2013-14 LSU Men's Basketball Media Guide | url= | title=LSU Tigers All-Americas | publisher=LSU Tigers | accessdate=2015-01-10 small>

: First-team All-American

National team members

Player Position Years at LSU Country Year
Zoran Jovanović C 1984–87 Yugoslavia 1990, 1991
Shaquille O'Neal C 1989–92 USA 1994, 1996

LSU and the NBA

LSU Tigers players drafted first overall in NBA draft

Year drafted Player Position Career
1992 Shaquille O'Neal C 1989-92
2016 Ben Simmons PF 2015-16


Pete Maravich Assembly Center

The Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,215-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The arena opened in 1972 and is home of the LSU Tigers basketball team. It was originally known as the LSU Assembly Center, but was renamed in honor of Pete Maravich, a Tiger basketball legend, shortly after his death in 1988. The Maravich Center is known to locals as "The PMAC" or "The Palace that Pete Built", or by its more nationally known nickname, "The Deaf Dome", coined by Dick Vitale.[15]

The slightly oval building is located directly to the north of Tiger Stadium, and its bright-white roof can be seen in many telecasts of that stadium. The arena concourse is divided into four quadrants: Pete Maravich Pass, The Walk of Champions, Heroes Hall and Midway of Memories. The quadrants highlight former LSU Tiger athletes, individual and team awards and memorabilia pertaining to the history of LSU Tigers and LSU Lady Tigers basketball teams.[16]

John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum

The John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum or John M. Parker Agricultural Center opened in 1937 and was home of the LSU Tigers Basketball team from its opening until 1971. The arena sat 12,000 people for basketball. The Coliseum was host to the Pete Maravich-led teams of the late 1960s, and it was his prominence that led to the construction of the LSU Assembly Center which now bears his name.

LSU Gym/Armory

Main article: LSU Gym/Armory

The LSU Gym/Armory was completed in 1930 and was the home gymnasium of the LSU basketball team until 1937 when the John M Parker Agricultural Coliseum was completed, though for several years both the Gym/Armory and the coliseum were used for LSU's basketball games. The main floor was the gymnasium and the lower floor was the armory. Both floors were located on ground level. The gymnasium had a stage at one end and could be converted into an auditorium. When not set up as an auditorium, it provided an open space for basketball games and other events. The second floor provided space for locker rooms and a trophy room.

State Field

Main article: State Field

State Field was the home court for the LSU basketball team from 1908 to 1924. The court was located outside on a grass surface built on the old downtown campus of LSU. It was located south of the Pentagon Barracks and slightly southwest of the site of the current Louisiana State Capitol Building adjacent to the Hill Memorial Library and George Peabody Hall.[17] The field was later moved to a site with bleachers that was north of the campuses experimental garden, and next to the old armory building.[18] The field was known on the campus simply as the "athletic field" and was also used for LSU's baseball and football teams.

Practice and Training facilities

LSU Basketball Practice Facility

The LSU Basketball Practice Facility is the practice facility for the LSU Tigers basketball and LSU Lady Tigers basketball teams. The facility is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center through the Northwest portal. The facility features separate, full-size duplicate gyms for the women's and men's basketball teams. They include a regulation NCAA court in length with two regulation high school courts in the opposition direction. The courts are exact replicas of the Maravich Center game court and have two portable goals and four retractable goals. The gymnasiums are equipped with a scoreboard, video filming balcony and scorer's table with video and data connection. The facility also houses team locker rooms, a team lounge, training rooms, a coach's locker room and coach's offices.[19]

The building also includes a two-story lobby and staircase that ascends to the second level where a club room is used for pre-game and post-game events and is connected to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center concourse. The lobby includes team displays and graphics, trophy cases and memorabilia of LSU basketball. A 900-pound bronze statue of LSU legend Shaquille O'Neal is located in front of the facility.[19]

LSU Strength and Conditioning facility

The LSU Tigers basketball strength training and conditioning facility is located in the LSU Strength and Conditioning facility. Built in 1997, it is located adjacent to Tiger Stadium.[20] Measuring 10,000-square feet with a flat surface, it has 28 multi-purpose power stations, 36 assorted selectorized machines and 10 dumbbell stations along with a plyometric specific area, medicine balls, hurdles, plyometric boxes and assorted speed and agility equipment.[21] It also features 2 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 2 elliptical cross trainers, a stepper and stepmill.[22]

Head coaches

Name Years Record Pct.
Edgar Wingard 1909 5–2 (.714)
John W. Mayhew 1909–1911 11–4 (.733)
F.M. Long 1911–1913 6–9 (.400)
C. C. Stroud 1913–1918 63–19 (.768)
R.E. Edmonds 1918–1919 1–0 (1.000)
C. C. Stroud 1919–1920 19–2 (.905)
Branch Bocock 1920–1921 19–4 (.826)
Frank "Tad" Gormley 1921–1923 25–11 (.694)
Moon Ducote 1923–1924 8–12 (.400)
Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson 1924–1925 10–7 (.588)
Harry Rabenhorst 1925–1942 181–134 (.575)
Dale Morey 1942–1944 28–19 (.596)
Jesse Fatheree 1944–1945 11–7 (.611)
A.L. Swanson 1944–1945 4–2 (.667)
Harry Rabenhorst 1945–1957 159–130 (.550)
Jay McCreary 1957–1965 82–115 (.416)
Frank Truitt 1965–1966 6–20 (.231)
Press Maravich 1966–1972 76–86 (.469)
Dale Brown 1972–1997 448–301 (.598)
John Brady 1997–2008 167–111 (.601)
Butch Pierre 2008 (interim) 5–5 (.500)
Trent Johnson 2008–2012 67–64 (.511)
Johnny Jones 2013–present 61–37 (.622)

Year-by-year results

Season Coach Overall
Post-season results
Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Association (SIAA)
1909 Edgar Wingard 5–2 2–0
1910 John W. Mayhew 3–1 2–0
1911 John W. Mayhew 8–3 6–1
1912 F.M. Long 4–6 2–3
1913 F.M. Long 2–3 1–3
1913–14 C. C. Stroud 7–5 0–4
1914–15 C.C. Stroud 10–1 3–1
1915–16 C.C. Stroud 14–10 6–7
1916–17 C.C. Stroud 20–2 11–0
1917–18 C.C. Stroud 12–1 3–0
1919 R.E. Edmonds 1–0 0–0
1919–20 C.C. Stroud 19–2 8–2
Southern Conference (SoCon)
1921 Branch Bocock 19–4 5–2
1922 Frank "Tad" Gormley 15–1 3–1
1922–23 Frank "Tad" Gormley 10–10 0–6
1924 "Moon" Ducote 8–12 0–7
1925 Hugh E. "Gob" Wilson 10–7 1–4
1926 Harry Rabenhorst 9–9 4–5
1927 Harry Rabenhorst 7–9 3–5
1928 Harry Rabenhorst 14–4 7–3
1929 Harry Rabenhorst 8–13 5–9
1930 Harry Rabenhorst 10–11 6–7
1931 Harry Rabenhorst 7–8 4–4
1932 Harry Rabenhorst 11–9 8–8
Southeastern Conference (SEC)
1933 Harry Rabenhorst 15–8 13–7
1934 Harry Rabenhorst 13–4 13–3
1935 Harry Rabenhorst 14–1 12–0 SEC Champions; National Champions
1935–36 Harry Rabenhorst 10–10 9–6
1936–37 Harry Rabenhorst 13–7 7–6
1937–38 Harry Rabenhorst 10–10 7–6
1938–39 Harry Rabenhorst 13–7 10–5
1939–40 Harry Rabenhorst 10–8 8–4
1940–41 Harry Rabenhorst 9–9 7–5
1941–42 Harry Rabenhorst 8–7 8–3
1942–43 Dale Morey 18–4 11–2
1943–44 Dale Morey 10–15 0–4
1944–45 Jesse Fatheree (first 18 games)
A.L. Swanson (last 6 games)
15–9 3–3
1945–46 Harry Rabenhorst 18–3 8–0
1946–47 Harry Rabenhorst 17–4 8–2
1947–48 Harry Rabenhorst 8–18 4–8
1948–49 Harry Rabenhorst 15–10 7–6
1949–50 Harry Rabenhorst 13–12 5–8
1950–51 Harry Rabenhorst 10–14 7–8
1951–52 Harry Rabenhorst 17–7 9–6
1952–53 Harry Rabenhorst 22–3 13–0 SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four
1953–54 Harry Rabenhorst 20–5 14–0 SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1954–55 Harry Rabenhorst 6–18 3–11
1955–56 Harry Rabenhorst 7–17 5–9
1956–57 Harry Rabenhorst 6–19 1–13
1957–58 Jay McCreary 7–18 3–11
1958–59 Jay McCreary 10–15 2–12
1959–60 Jay McCreary 5–18 3–11
1960–61 Jay McCreary 11–14 6–8
1961–62 Jay McCreary 13–11 7–7
1962–63 Jay McCreary 12–12 5–9
1963–64 Jay McCreary 12–13 8–6
1964–65 Jay McCreary 12–14 7–9
1965–66 Frank Truitt 6–20 2–14
1966–67 Press Maravich 3–23 1–17
1967–68 Press Maravich 14–12 8–10
1968–69 Press Maravich 13–13 7–11
1969–70 Press Maravich 22–10 13–5 NIT Final Four
1970–71 Press Maravich 14–12 10–8
1971–72 Press Maravich 10–16 6–12
1972–73 Dale Brown 14–10 9–9
1973–74 Dale Brown 12–14 6–12
1974–75 Dale Brown 10–16 6–12
1975–76 Dale Brown 12–14 5–13
1976–77 Dale Brown 15–12 8–10
1977–78 Dale Brown 18–9 12–6
1978–79 Dale Brown 23–6 14–4 SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1979–80 Dale Brown 26–6 14–4 SEC Tournament Champions; NCAA Elite Eight
1980–81 Dale Brown 31–5 17–1 SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four
1981–82 Dale Brown 14–14 11–7 NIT First Round
1982–83 Dale Brown 19–13 10–8 NIT First Round
1983–84 Dale Brown 18–11 11–7 NCAA First Round
1984–85 Dale Brown 19–10 13–5 SEC Champions; NCAA First Round
1985–86 Dale Brown 26–12 9–9 NCAA Final Four
1986–87 Dale Brown 24–15 8–10 NCAA Elite Eight
1987–88 Dale Brown 16–14 10–8 NCAA First Round
1988–89 Dale Brown 20–12 11–7 NCAA First Round
1989–90 Dale Brown 23–9 12–6 NCAA Second Round
1990–91 Dale Brown 20–10 13–5 SEC Champions; NCAA First Round
1991–92 Dale Brown 21–10 12–4 NCAA Second Round
1992–93 Dale Brown 22–11 9–7 NCAA First Round
1993–94 Dale Brown 11–16 5–11
1994–95 Dale Brown 12–15 6–10
1995–96 Dale Brown 12–17 4–12
1996–97 Dale Brown 10–20 3–13
1997–98 John Brady 9–18 2–14
1998–99 John Brady 12–15 4–12
1999–2000 John Brady 28–6 12–4 SEC Champions; NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 John Brady 13–16 2–14
2001–02 John Brady 19–15 6–10 NIT Second Round
2002–03 John Brady 21–11 8–8 NCAA First Round
2003–04 John Brady 18–11 8–8 NIT First Round
2004–05 John Brady 20–10 12–4 NCAA First Round
2005–06 John Brady 27–9 14–2 SEC Champions; NCAA Final Four
2006–07 John Brady 17–15 5–11
2007–08 John Brady (first 21 games)
Butch Pierre (last 10 games)
2008–09 Trent Johnson 27–8 13–3 SEC Champions; NCAA Second Round
2009–10 Trent Johnson 11–20 2–14
2010–11 Trent Johnson 11–21 3–13
2011–12 Trent Johnson 18–15 7–9 NIT First Round
2012–13 Johnny Jones 19–12 9–9
2013–14 Johnny Jones 20–14 9–9 NIT Second Round
2014–15 Johnny Jones 22–11 11–7 NCAA Second Round
LSU retroactively claims a national championship for the 1934–35 season, but not on the basis of any determination by an external selector or outcome of any contest purporting to determine a national champion.


NCAA Tournament history & seeds

The Tigers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 21 times. Their combined record is 24–24.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1953 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Lebanon Valley
Holy Cross
W 89–76
W 81–73
L 67–80
L 69–88
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Penn State
L 70–78
L 62–73
1979 #3 Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Appalachian State
#2 Michigan State
W 71–57
L 71–87
1980 #1 Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#8 Alcorn State
#5 Missouri
#2 Louisville
W 98–88
W 68–63
L 66–86
1981 #1 Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
#8 Lamar
#5 Arkansas
#6 Wichita State
#1 Indiana
#1 Virginia
W 100–78
W 72–56
W 96–85
L 49–67
L 74–78
1984 #7 Round of 48 #10 Dayton L 66–74
1985 #4 Round of 64 #13 Navy L 55–78
1986 #11 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#6 Purdue
#3 Memphis State
#2 Georgia Tech
#1 Kentucky
#2 Louisville
W 94–87 2OT
W 83–81
W 70–64
W 59–57
L 77–88
1987 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Georgia Tech
#2 Temple
#3 DePaul
#1 Indiana
W 85–79
W 72–62
W 63–58
L 76–77
1988 #9 Round of 64 #8 Georgetown L 63–66
1989 #10 Round of 64 #7 UTEP L 74–85
1990 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
#12 Villanova
#4 Georgia Tech
W 70–63
L 91–94
1991 #6 Round of 64 #11 Connecticut L 62–79
1992 #7 Round of 64
Round of 32
#10 BYU
#2 Indiana
W 94–83
L 79–89
1993 #11 Round of 64 #6 California L 64–66
2000 #4 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#13 SW Missouri State
#5 Texas
#8 Wisconsin
W 64–61
W 72–67
L 48–61
2003 #8 Round of 64 #9 Purdue L 56–80
2005 #6 Round of 64 #11 UAB L 68–82
2006 #4 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Iona
#12 Texas A&M
#1 Duke
#2 Texas
W 80–64
W 58–57
W 62–54
W 70–60 OT
L 45–59
2009 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Butler
#1 North Carolina
W 75–71
L 63–77
2015 #9 Round of 64 #8 NC State L 65–66

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '00 '03 '05 '06 '09 '15
Seeds → 31174111091056711486489

Prior to seeding LSU appeared in the 1953 and 1954 NCAA Tournaments.

The 1986 team is the lowest-seeded team ever to advance to the Final Four, along with George Mason in 2006 and Virginia Commonwealth in 2011.

NIT results

The Tigers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 4–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1970 First Round
3rd Place Game
W 83–82
W 97–94
L 79–101
L 68–75
1982 First Round Tulane L 72–83
1983 First Round New Orleans L 94–99
2002 First Round
Second Round
Ball State
W 63–61
L 65–75
2004 First Round Oklahoma L 61–70
2012 First Round Oregon L 76–96
2014 First Round
Second Round
San Francisco
W 71–63
L 67–80

See also


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