Awful, but dangerous. That about sums it up.
For the second straight week, the Commodores will travel to a SEC West foe that sits outside the Top 200 for a Saturday game, traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. Louisiana State's feast-or-famine basketball squad is firmly entrenched in the "famine" part of that equation, just two years removed from being the class of the SEC. The Tigers are 11-17 this year with their best win coming against a mediocre Arkansas team.
Surprisingly, LSU started off SEC play at 2-0 before hitting a 10-game skid that could only be fixed by a trip to play Rick Stansbury's dysfunctional circus in Starksville. The Tigers dispatched the Bulldogs in a minor upset behind a balanced attack that saw seven players with six or more points on the winning side. LSU allowed Mississippi State to shoot 56 percent against them and were outrebounded, but the universe's hate of Renardo Sidney was strong enough to ensure that the Bulldogs were unable to win.
Louisiana State's worst losses are myriad, and like last week's Auburn preview, we're going to half-ass this article and open it up to fan voting. The Tigers' don't have the same terrible resume of shame-inducing defeats as their fellow SEC West cellar-dwellers, but they've still been pretty disappointing for our brethren over at AndTheValleyShook. Fortunately for Vanderbilt fans, they've been prone to bad losses at home, losing matchups with North Texas and Nicholls State at the Maravich Assembly Center.
Vandy should be in line for the win, but Tuesday's confidence destroying loss served as a showcase that disappointment is still stalking this team, waiting for the right moment to strike. If the 'Dores lose this one, then they'll be looking at a long climb back to a spot in the top three of the SEC. If they win, they'll have a chance to hold on to their Top 25 ranking, but won't gain much. Unless Vanderbilt wins handily in Baton Rouge, this game will give them nothing but headaches.
Let's take a look at LSU's most embarrassing defeats in the poll below.
What was LSU's worst loss?
vs. Nicholls St (KenPom #189, CBS RPI #226) (13 votes)
vs. Coastal Carolina (KenPom #98, CBS RPI #103) (0 votes)
vs. North Texas (KenPom #222, CBS RPI #160) (14 votes)
at Rice (KenPom #148, CBS RPI #174) (1 vote)
vs. Mississippi State (KenPom #141, CBS RPI #144) (0 votes)
at Virginia (KenPom #108, CBS RPI #135) (0 votes)
28 total votes