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The LSU Tigers men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Louisiana State University. The team is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and plays their home games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center has a capacity of 13,472 people and opened in 1972. The team plays in the Southeastern Conference, known as the SEC. The team is currently coached by Johnny Jones. 2012 will be Jones’ first year as coach of the Tigers.
The team played its first game in 1909, and since then, have garnered quite a bit of success. In 1935, the team won its first national championship by winning the American Legion Bowl. In the 1950s, the team made their first NCAA Tournament appearances, making the tournament in both 1953 and 1954. In 1953, the team made its first Final Four appearance. In 1966, LSU’s greatest player of all time, Pete Maravich came in as a freshman, and over his four seasons, averaged more than 44 points per game; however, Maravich never played in a NCAA Tournament game, nor did he win a championship in the SEC or NIT. Maravich won National Player of the Year in 1970. Under Dale Brown, who coached from 1972 through 1997, the team made thirteen NCAA Tournament appearances, with four Elite Eight appearances and two Final Four appearances. Under coach John Brady in 2006, the team made its first Final Four appearance since 1986 led by star players Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas.
In their history, the team has featured eight different SEC Players of the Year, including three players that won the award multiple times: Pete Maravich in 1968, 1969, and 1970; Chris Jackson in 1989, and 1990, and Shaquille O’Neal in 1991 and 1992. Two players that played at LSU have gone on to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich and Bob Pettit. The Tigers have featured 49 players that have gone on to be selected in the NBA Draft. Thirteen of those have come in the first round, and Shaquille O’Neal was the team’s only first overall selection when he was chosen by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 draft. LSU has a variety of rivals, namely the Ole Miss Rebels and in-state the Tulane Green Wave. Other rivalry games are held against Alabama, Arkansas, and Auburn.