BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Johnny Jones and his Tigers are a No. 5 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will play at No. 4 San Francisco Wednesday night.
The Dons won the two NCAA titles with Bill Russell and later sent the late Quintin Dailey to the NBA. Dailey broke scoring records, but off-court problems caused the program to shut down for three years.
Ironically, the current Dons played a game at Oregon this year, where LSU (19-13) last played in the NIT, and like those Tigers had trouble with the Ducks losing 100-82. But, San Francisco (21-11) likes to run and score and shoot three-pointers. The team had 600 3-point attempts in 32 games. Cole Dickerson leads four players who score in double figures.
Jones was asked for his reaction to getting the postseason invite, even if it means making a quick trip to the West Coast again.
"It's a quick turnaround, but at the same time, you're exciting about playing and getting to the destination out there and getting yourself ready," said Jones. "The big thing is it's a new opponent. It's not one of those conference teams we're familiar with, so we're going to have to do a lot of work prepping and preparing for each other. But, we're in the same situation that they are and that's what the postseason play is about. You have to be excited about it."
The NIT bid means LSU fans get to watch their Tigers in the postseason, but for most of them, March Madness means watching a late-night NIT game played in California, instead of the excitement of the big dance or at least going to the PMAC.
Tipoff is Wednesday at 9 p.m. CST. The game will air on ESPNU.