No need to hang your heads after this one. We started off way too slow. We didn't give up, though, and we made it a game at the end. LSU wins, 68 to 63.
We needed a few baskets from our big guys. If we go 3 of 20 from the field for our 3's, 4's, and 5's, we're not going to win.
Great game, though, by KCP. Career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds. I think he improved his draft stock, so it's really, really doubtful that he comes back.
Charles Mann had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He's going to be a good one, folks. Kenny Gaines had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks.
We end the season 15 and 17.
If KCP comes back, I think the team should be competitive. We still wouldn't have quality bigs, unless someone makes a huge step forward in the off-season. Didn't happen this year, so it's kind of discouraging, but you never know what another year of strength and conditioning could do.
In any case, put KCP out there with Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines, and Brandon Morris, then see what Parker, Frazier and Kessler can do in a support role.
Although I think Kentavious will not be back in Athens, my sense is that Mark Fox will. His record over 4 seasons is not good. He is now 65 and 63 overall, which is 50 percent. He's just 43 percent in SEC competition, and has managed a losing record in 3 out of 4 years. I've said it before, but if a coach is judged on wins and losses, Fox is doing about the same job that Felton did before he was dismissed.
Ultimately, I think McGarity likes Fox and wants to give him at least another year to see what he can do.
Extremely disappointed with this season, especially Fox and his substitution patterns. LSU coach Johnny Jones decided to go small with his line-up, and they were tearing us up. Wish Mark Fox had done the same. Water under the bridge, at any rate.
Let's support the Dawgs and see if we can come back better next year.