LSU Tigers practicing for game against NC State. (Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB)
Sophomores Mickey and Martin in the LSU locker room. (Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB)
LSU Tigers' locker room in Pittsburgh. (Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB)
Former LSU Tiger Ralston Turner now plays for NC State. (Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB)
PITTSBURGH, PA (WAFB) -
The Tigers make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 at the Consol Energy Center in downtown Pittsburgh, which can seat up to 19,000 for basketball. This is only LSU's seventh as a program since 1993.
The only LSU Tiger with any NCAA experience on this team is junior guard Keith Hornsby, and that was when he was playing with UNC-Ashville several years back. That game was also in the same building against Syracuse.
Hornsby played seven minutes in that game, scoring a couple of points and grabbed a couple of rebounds in a very hard fought defeat.
"When the NCAA Tournament rolls around each year, I do think about it," said Hornsby. "Yeah, it was a very controversial call right in front of our bench. It was a bad call and from then on it didn't go our way and we ended up losing by 7."
"I'm just enjoying being here with my team, and be here with my coaches. I'm just blessed to be here," said sophomore forward Jarell Martin.
"Obviously it's a big stage, and obviously it's something everybody looks forward to. But when you get out there it's just another win on the basketball court so," commented Hornsby.
"I definitely think I can get back. My back is feeling a lot better. I'm feeling good, and I'm ready to go back out there and help my team out," said sophomore freshman Jordan Mickey.
North Carolina State is a very guard-oriented team with their top three scorers all being guards, including former LSU Tiger Ralston Turner. Turner is now a senior with the Wolfpack.
"When I saw who we were playing it was a rush of emotions, especially since I went there for a couple of years. It was unexpected, but I'm looking forward to playing them," said Turner.