Things were a little tense on Thursday around the LSU Basketball program. That's exactly how Will Wade wanted it.
Plus, Ja'vonte Smart joins at the 8:45 mark to talk about coming off the bench for the first time since 5th grade and how he accidentally named this podcast.
LSU started off conference play with an 88-79 win over Alabama. We break it down, including how Kavell Bigby-Williams and Ja'vonte Smart accepted new roles and starred in them, how Tremont Waters continues to dazzle, and what went right and wrong on the night.
At the end, we take questions from the listeners, including how LSU can close games out better, how to attack zones, and if Kavell Bigby-Williams can be cloned.
The first episode of the new year is here, and so is SEC play. The Tigers get started Tuesday at home against Alabama. We preview that game, take a big picture look at the SEC, look back at LSU's 81-69 win over UL-Monroe, break down the improvement of Naz Reid and Tremont Waters, and go 1 on 1 with Skylar Mays.
Oh, and we talk to Emmitt Williams about his shorts.
LSU sophomore guard Tremont Waters (11:15) is the guest on this week's episode of Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast. Waters talks coming off the bench (11:50), improving as a defender (12:50), playing with more talent than ever before (13:50), changing his body (15:40), drinking more water (16:45), his tattoos (22:00), the four NBA players he'd pick to form a superteam with him (23:50), and being compared to the all-time great point guards at LSU (25:00).
We also recap the 75-57 win over previously undefeated and top-25 Furman.
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Happy to be joined this week by LSU head coach Will Wade, who comes on for 15 minutes to recap a West Coast swing and preview a Friday home matchup with undefeated Furman.
Topics covered include: the 2018 recruiting class (13:45), what he's learned about his team through 11 games (14:55), patience (16:20), skilled sailors (17:20), Houston and toughness (19:15), finishing (21:30), Tremont Waters' breakout vs. Saint Mary's (23:10), Skylar Mays' superb play (24:30), and why Furman is so good.
It's a big week for LSU hoops. The Tigers hit the road for a matchup with undefeated Houston, who just cracked the top 25 and are one of just eight unbeaten teams in the country, before heading to Vegas Saturday to play St. Mary's.
To preview the game, Cody brings on LSU assistant coach Greg Heiar. Heiar talks player development, the stellar play of Skylar Mays, the promising performances of Ja'Vonte Smart, and how Tremont Waters is working hard to get back to his best form.
On today's show, Cody sits down with Kavell Bigby-Williams to talk about lessons learned in Orlando, getting started playing basketball at 15, growing up in London, and more.
Cody also recaps LSU's 78-57 win over Grambling, with a focus on the play of freshman Darius Days and Bigby-Williams' 9 blocks.
LSU is back from a 1-2 trip to the Advocare Invitational, and Will Wade has his sights set on solutions to the Tigers' problems after two defeats.
On this episode, we break down why Marlon Taylor and Darius Days are in for more minutes, the changes to look for in LSU's offense, and the stellar start to the season by Skylar Mays.
Later, we take a couple of your questions and hear from Assistant Athletics Director of Business and Finance Matt LaBorde on the new food in the PMAC.
Yes, you can get Chick-Fil-A, Fuzzy's Taco's, and Burgersmith and watch basketball at the same time.
Matt is also one of the administrative overseers for Men's Basketball and was in Orlando with the team, so he gives an on-the-ground picture of the weekend.
On today's show, Cody looks back at LSU's 74-67 win over Louisiana Tech, with insight from Will Wade, Ja'vonte Smart, and Daryl Edwards.
We also look ahead to the Advocare Invitational and some things the Tigers will be working on fixing before Thursday's 6 p.m. tipoff against Charleston.
At the end, we hear from Will Wade on his two 2019 signees so far: James Bishop and Charles Manning, Jr.
0:00 - What Ranking?
1:30 - La. Tech Recap
2:45 - Seniors Step Up
3:50 - Daryl's Best
5:22 - Fancy Footwork
6:19 - The Masked Man
7:55 - Stocks Up
8:25 - Blocked Shot Stats Bomb
9:03 - Wade's a Bigby-Williams Fan
10:30 - Elite Defensive Numbers
11:50 - Smart Finisher
12:56 - That's Just My Swag
14:32 - Sixth Man
17:55 - Going to Disney World
18:30 - Naz's Ankle
19:30 - On the Road Again
21:15 - 3 and D
22:24 - I Read Will Wade's Mind
23:35 - Charleston's Studs
24:45 - NBA Rotations at PG
29:00 - 2019 Signees
On today's episode, Cody breaks down two home wins for LSU over UNC-Greensboro and Memphis. He talks what's working for LSU, what needs work, and what trends to keep an eye on -- with a deep dive into the numbers.
At the 29:00 mark, a feature on Naz Reid and how the 6-foot-11 freshman has grown -- both literally in terms of height, and on the court as LSU's best three-point shooter early in the season.
At the very end, Will Wade gives a two-minute scouting report on Louisiana Tech, who the Tigers take on at 7 p.m. Friday.
On today's episode, we take a look back at LSU's 94-63 win over Southeastern. Cody gets Emmitt Williams' perspective on his first start, Skylar Mays talks about Marlon Taylor's athleticism and Naz Reid's jelly, and Will Wade talks about Steady Eddie and preview a tough matchup with UNC-Greensboro on Friday night at 7 p.m. in the PMAC.
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Will Wade sits down for a 30-minute conversation on the season ahead. He breaks down every player on the roster and discusses some of the changes to keep an eye out for this year.
Then, junior guard Skylar Mays sits down for a quick conversation on his pre-med classes, which teammates he'd most like to dunk on, which teammate has the most irrational confidence, and his goals for the season.
At the end, Coach Wade comes back for a 60-second preview of the season opener against Southeastern on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.