Football is over, but this one of the busiest times of the year for college sports.
Winter sports are in full swing with conference play heating up and spring sports are fast approaching. It was an eventful week for LSU with some good and bad. Men’s basketball, women’s basketball and gymnastics all had multiple contests while there was some significant transfer portal news on the football side of things.
It can all be a lot to keep up with, so we’re going to recap the past week in LSU sports, from football’s offseason news to what’s happening on the basketball court. We’ll also take a look at some storylines to monitor going forward.
Women's basketball rolls
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Kim Mulkey’s group continued to roll, leaping to No. 3 in the AP Poll and moving to 18-0 on the year. The Tigers lead the country in scoring margin. Forward [autotag]Angel Reese[/autotag] sits sixth in points per game, pouring in 23.9 per game.
LSU beat Auburn by 30 points on Sunday. Reese led the team in scoring while [autotag]Jasmine Carson[/autotag], [autotag]Alexis Morris[/autotag] and [autotag]Flau’jae Johnson[/autotag] all reached the double-digits mark.
[autotag]Kateri Poole[/autotag] totaled six assists and two steals.
LSU will host Arkansas on Thursday in their second meeting of the year. The Tigers won the first game last month.
Burrow and Bengals advance
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[autotag]Joe Burrow[/autotag] and [autotag]Ja’Marr Chase[/autotag] will advance to the AFC Divisional Round after a 24-17 win over Baltimore.
It wasn’t Burrow’s best night. He averaged 6.5 yards per attempt with a 43.7 QBR. He was under pressure a lot but avoided turning the ball over. Chase had a strong showing with nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Growing pains for McMahon's group
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While LSU’s women’s team is having its best season in some time, the men are in a rebuilding phase.
We knew this year would be tough. The team returned little production from last year and while these newcomers have experience, it takes time to learn how to play together.
LSU’s worst loss yet came last week, taking a 40-point loss to Alabama on the road. It was the fourth loss in a row and LSU has yet to win a game this month.
LSU has another tough week ahead, but gets two home games in a row, Auburn and Tennessee, after playing three of four on the road.
Howard hits the portal
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[autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag] has reaped the benefits of the transfer portal at LSU with a strong haul in his first two years in Baton Rouge. LSU felt the other side of that last week with [autotag]Walker Howard[/autotag] hitting the portal.
The rare top 100 Louisiana quarterback recruit, Howard was billed as LSU’s future. But with a crowded QB room that includes [autotag]Jayden Daniels[/autotag] and [autotag]Garrett Nussmeier[/autotag], there wasn’t much of a chance Howard saw the field in 2023.
Howard has three years of eligibility left and is one of the best players in the portal. Look for TCU and Ole Miss as potential destinations.
LSU fell to 0-3 on Monday despite a gritty effort against top-ranked Oklahoma. It was LSU’s home opener and a good crowd was on hand.
The final was 197.600 to 197.450.
Despite the loss, it was LSU’s best score of the season. [autotag]Haleigh Bryant[/autotag] notched the 11th all-around victory of her career.
This team is banged up right now. Star [autotag]Kiya Johnson[/autotag] is done for the year with an achilles and junior [autotag]Olivia Dunne[/autotag] has yet to compete this year and was seen sporting a crutch and a walking boot on the sideline.
It’s a young group and the loss of Johnson hurts, but there are some promising signs.