Article courtesy of: 247Sports
By: Austin Nivison
There was some head-scratching when the LSU Tigers were revealed to be a No. 8 seed during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS. Because they might a little under-seeded in March Madness, the Tigers might be a scary second-round opponent for No. 1 seed Michigan.
On the On the '247Sports Picks & Previews Show, Presented by Army National Guard,' 247Sports' Trey Scott explained what makes LSU such a handful for its opponents. While the Tigers don’t always play stout defense, they have some NBA-caliber scorers on the offensive end.
“LSU, Josh, is my team to watch,” Scott said. “They’re kind of like the football version of the 2020 LSU Tigers. Fantastic offensively. Dreadful defensively. I don’t have them beating Michigan in the Round of 32 just because of how bad their defense is, but I will say here that their big three — Trendon Watford, Cameron Thomas, and Javonte Smart — those guys … go on NBA-type runs. You look up, and they’ve gone on a 10-0 run. They can cut any deficit. I kept counting them out against Alabama. They almost won. I counted them out against Arkansas. They won. I counted them out against Ole Miss. They won. If I’m Michigan, I don’t love the fact that my second-round opponent could be LSU because I think this team is really really good.”
After finishing third in the SEC’s regular season, LSU made it all the way to the championship game at the SEC Tournament in Nashville before falling to Alabama. Still, the Tigers showed why they are considered a potential sleeper in this year’s field.
Before the Tigers can even get the chance to face Michigan, they have to take care of business against St. Bonaventure in the first round. That game tips off at 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday and airs on TNT.