What Is Wrong with LSU Basketball?

Jacob KerrContributor IDecember 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 1:  Cedric Bozeman #21 of the UCLA Bruins fends off the LSU Tigers defense for posession of the ball during the semifinal game of the NCAA Men's Final Four on April 1, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The LSU men's basketball team has seen some tough competition over the course of the season.


Yet, the Tigers have struggled on the court to some extent.


It could be a result of the tough schedule, or it could just be a matter of them not playing up to their potential?


The Tigers have a record of 5-2 through seven games this season, and many fans wonder if this Tigers team is good or just barely beating teams that no one really knows much about, like Northwestern State and UL Monroe.


They have won all their games at home by an average of 13.5 points, and those have been to the likes of UL-Monroe, Indiana State, Western Kentucky, ULL, and Northwestern state.


The Tigers lost both games away from the P-Mac by an average of 23 points to Connecticut and Arizona State, and these teams are who people hear about a lot.


Do you see a connection anywhere?


Now, I know that LSU lost five players, including the SEC player of the Year Marcus Thornton.


Yet, the Tigers still return two starters, Bo Spencer and Tasmin Mitchell, and the strength of Storm Warren.


They have a real good ball handler in Chris Bass and a tall, lengthy player known as Dennis Harris.


So what are they doing wrong?


Also, if you think that losing Alex Farrer was the biggest problem for LSU, you don't know the game because on one player a team does not make.


I think I got it now, maybe LSU just isn't good.


But that can't be right, because the Tigers have great players on the team who can contribute different ways.


It has to be team chemistry.


That sounds about right because when Tasmin or Bo get the ball, you can almost tell they will shoot it.


They might be feeling pressured to shoot, because they don't have the luxury or going to a person like Thornton, who is almost a guaranteed when he shoots the ball.


Those two have to understand the theme of teamwork so everyone will get better and can be better trusted with the ball.


The only other person I feel that those two are good with going to is Storm Warren because of his ability to finish at the rim.


Team chemistry is what LSU needs to develop in order to go from a mediocre team to a great team.


And for those who believe it is because of depth, save your breath because coaches try to cut the roster down to where their rotations contain eight to nine players playing per game.