Headed to the Final Four!!!
On the 20th anniversary of the team's last Final Four team, the fourth-seeded LSU men's basketball team advanced to the school's fourth national semifinal by virtue of a 70-60 overtime victory over No. 2-seeded Texas on Saturday in the Georgia Dome.
LSU (27-8) will face No. 2-seeded UCLA (31-6), a 50-45 winner of Sunday's Oakland Regional final over No. 1-seeded Memphis, on April 1 at 8:30 p.m. CT in Indianapolis' RCA Dome. LSU and UCLA have met seven times, most recently in 1994, with the Bruins winning every contest.
The last time LSU advanced to a Final Four, the 11th seed went through the Atlanta Regional and defeated a No. 1 seed (Kentucky) along the way. That season, LSU lost to Louisville, 88-77, in the semifinal.
LSU also advanced to national semifinals in 1953 and 1981. In both seasons, LSU lost to Indiana in the semifinal before losing to Washington the in '53 third-place game and Virginia in the '81 consolation game.
LSU's post combintation of Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas dominated. Davis finished with 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Tigers, while Thomas twice overcame leg craps to score 21 points (10 of 14 from the field) and grabbed 13 boards. Thomas was named the regional's Most Outstanding Player.
Lady Tigers in Elite Company!
The top-seeded LSU women's basketball team used a 26-4 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to storm past DePaul and into the NCAA Regional Final on Saturday, 66-56, in the AT&T Center.
LSU (30-3) will face No. 3-seeded Stanford, the winner of Saturday's other regional semifinal in San Antonio, 88-74, over No. 2-seeded Oklahoma. The Elite 8 game will be held on Monday at 8 p.m. CT.