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LSU great Darrel Mitchell surprised Tigers passed on NIT

Darrel Mitchell hits a game-winning shot over Texas A&M in 2005. (Source: WAFB) Darrel Mitchell hits a game-winning shot over Texas A&M in 2005. (Source: WAFB)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Ten years ago this week, Darrel Mitchell hit one of the biggest shots in the history of LSU basketball.

With time ticking down and LSU trailing Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Mitchell squared up and nailed a long three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left, lifting the Tigers to a thrilling 58-57 victory. 

"It still means a lot to me 'til this day and by far is the biggest shot of my entire career of playing basketball," Mitchell said. "They put the ball in my hands with the confidence to make something happen and I came through for us."

LSU would then shock No. 1 Duke and grind past Texas in overtime to reach The Final Four for the first time in 20 years. 

These days, however, things aren't nearly as good for LSU hoops. The Tigers aren't going to a postseason tournament of any kind, passing on playing in the NIT after falling far short of expectations this season. The Tigers' decision caught Mitchell a bit off guard. 

"I'm surprised that they would turn down a chance to compete for a championship. Even though it's not the NCAA Tournament, which is the ultimate goal, there's still the opportunity to compete among the best in the country," Mitchell explained.

The soon to be 32-year-old Mitchell has done very well playing basketball overseas for AS Monaco, where last season, he was named MVP and Guard of the Year.

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