Who says the drama of March has to be limited to the NCAA tournament?
There were plenty of fireworks at the end of LSU's 84-76 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in Wednesday's NIT game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Joe Clarkin of SEC Country explained LSU head coach Will Wade called a timeout with 12 seconds remaining and drew a heated reaction from Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin.
It prompted head-turning responses from both sides as both coaches didn't hold back when addressing each other.
Cody Worsham of TigerRag.com and Alex Hickey SEC Country shared video of the incidents near the end of the game and after the final buzzer:
The drama didn't end after the on-court incidents, as both coaches didn't hold their tongues in the postgame press conferences. Wade, in particular, didn't hold much back, continuing to criticize the Ragin' Cajuns and even taking shots at a record he thought was largely built on the back of an easy schedule.
Jacques Doucet of WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed along the postgame comments:
As can be seen in the video, Marlin felt his sixth-seeded team should have been higher than the third-seeded Tigers and earned a home game after winning 27 games during the season.
Wade also addressed the last timeout, saying, "Since they don't get to play us very often, I thought they should enjoy and sit there and enjoy the opportunity to play us."
As for the game, Duop Reath led the way for LSU with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Frank Bartley IV scored 21 points for Louisiana-Lafayette in the loss.
It appeared for some time that the Ragin' Cajuns would make the NCAA tournament this season, but a loss to Texas-Arlington in the Sun Belt tournament ended those chances and dropped them into the NIT. As for LSU, it will now turn its attention toward a second-round NIT matchup with Utah.