2021–22 LSU Tigers basketball team

The 2021–22 LSU Tigers basketball team represented Louisiana State University during the 2021–22 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Will Wade, in his fifth (and final) season at LSU. They played their home games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 22–12, 9–9 in SEC Play to finish a five-way tie for fifth place. As the No. 5 seed in the SEC tournament, they defeated Missouri in the Second Round, before losing in the quarterfinals to Arkansas. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region, where they were upset in the First Round by Iowa State.

2021–22 LSU Tigers men's basketball
LSU Athletics logo.svg
NCAA tournament, first round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record22–12 (9–9 SEC)
Head coach
Associate head coachBill Armstrong
Assistant coaches
Home arenaPete Maravich Assembly Center
Seasons
2021–22 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
No. 8 Auburn 15 3   .833 28 6   .824
No. 7 Kentucky 14 4   .778 26 8   .765
No. 5 Tennessee 14 4   .778 27 8   .771
No. 17 Arkansas 13 5   .722 28 9   .757
LSU 9 9   .500 22 12   .647
Alabama 9 9   .500 19 14   .576
South Carolina 9 9   .500 18 13   .581
Texas A&M 9 9   .500 27 13   .675
Florida 9 9   .500 20 14   .588
Mississippi State 8 10   .444 18 16   .529
Vanderbilt 7 11   .389 19 17   .528
Missouri 5 13   .278 12 21   .364
Ole Miss 4 14   .222 13 19   .406
Georgia 1 17   .056 6 26   .188
2022 SEC tournament winner
Rankings from AP poll

Following the team's loss in the SEC Tournament, the school fired head coach Will Wade after receiving notification of significant NCAA violations by Wade.[1] Assistant coach Kevin Nickelberry coached the team in their NCAA Tournament game. On March 21, 2022, the school named Murray State head coach Matt McMahon the team's new head coach.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

In a season limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigers finished the season 19–10, 11–6 in SEC play to finish in third place. They defeated Ole Miss and Arkansas in the SEC tournament to advance to the championship game where they lost to Alabama. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed in the East Region where they defeated St. Bonaventure in the first round before losing to Michigan in the second round.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Javonte Smart 1 G 6'4" 205 Junior Baton Rouge, LA Declared for the 2021 NBA draft
Trendon Watford 2 F 6'9" 240 Sophomore Birmingham, AL Declared for the 2021 NBA draft
Jalen Cook 3 G 6'0" 205 Freshman Walker, LA Transferred to Tulane
Josh LeBlanc Sr. 11 G 6'7" 230 Junior Baton Rouge, LA Transferred to UAB
Aundre Hyatt 15 F 6'6" 225 RS Sophomore The Bronx, NY Transferred to Rutgers
Charles Manning Jr. 21 G 6'5" 205 Junior Riverhead, NY Transferred to South Alabama
Bryan Penn-Johnson 22 C 7'0" 260 Sophomore Long Beach, CA Transferred to East Los Angeles College
Cameron Thomas 24 G 6'4" 210 Freshman Chesapeke, VA Declared for the 2021 NBA draft
Josh Gray 34 C 6'11" 255 Freshman Brooklyn, NY Transferred to South Carolina

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Xavier Pinson 1 G 6'2" 154 Senior Chicago, IL Missouri
Tari Eason 13 F 6'8" 216 Sophomore Seattle, WA Cincinnati
Adam Miller 44 G 6'2" 185 Sophomore Peoria, IL Illinois

2021 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Efton Reid
C
Richmond, VA IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (110 kg) May 9, 2021 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 91
Jerrell Colbert
C
Houston, TX Houston (TN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Mar 1, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Brandon Murray
SG
Baltimore, MD IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 15, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 82
Justice Williams
SG
Philadelphia, PA Montverde Academy (FL) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 17, 2021 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Bradley Ezewiro
C
Torrance, CA Oak Hill Academy (VA) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oct 26, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "LSU 2021 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  • "2021 LSU Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  • "2021 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 9, 2021.

2022 Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for 2022 recruits
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Julian Phillips
#5 SF
Blythewood, SC Link Year Prep 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 8, 2021 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 91
Devin Ree
#26 SF
Terry, MS Terry High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Dec 10, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 82
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

RosterEdit

2021–22 LSU Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Brandon Murray 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Fr IMG Academy Baltimore, MD
G 1 Xavier Pinson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 154 lb (70 kg) Sr Missouri Chicago, IL
G 2 Eric Gaines 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 150 lb (68 kg) So Lithonia HS Lithonia, GA
F 3 Alex Fudge 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Robert E. Lee HS Jacksonville, FL
F 4 Darius Days 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Sr IMG Academy Raleigh, FL
F 5 Mwani Wilkinson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) So Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, NV
G 10 Brandon Egemo (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 166 lb (75 kg) So University HS Los Angeles, CA
G 11 Justice Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Montverde Academy Philadelphia, PA
F 13 Tari Eason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 216 lb (98 kg) So Cincinnati Seattle, WA
C 15 Efton Reid 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Fr IMG Academy Richmond, VA
C 20 Jerrell Colbert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Fr Houston HS Houston, TX
F 21 Bradley Ezewiro 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 246 lb (112 kg) Fr Oak Hill Academy Torrance, CA
G 22 Spencer Mays (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Jr Baton Rouge CC Baton Rouge, LA
F 24 Shareef O'Neal 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Jr UCLA Los Angeles, CA
F 25 Adam Benhayoune (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Sandra Day O'Connor HS Helotes, TX
G 30 Parker Edwards (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 214 lb (97 kg) RS Jr Southeastern Louisiana Covington, LA
G 44 Adam Miller     6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Illinois Peoria, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
November 9, 2021*
7:00 p.m., SECN+
Louisiana–Monroe W 101–39  1–0
 30  Days   10  Eason   7  Tied  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,969)
Baton Rouge, LA
November 12, 2021*
7:00 p.m., SECN+
Texas State W 84–59  2–0
 17  Tied   10  Eason   5  Gaines  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (11,030)
Baton Rouge, LA
November 15, 2021*
6:00 p.m., ESPNU
Liberty W 74–58  3–0
 26  Days   7  Tied   7  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (8,940)
Baton Rouge, LA
November 18, 2021*
7:00 p.m., SECN+
McNeese State
Emerald Coast Classic campus-site game
W 85–46  4–0
 19  Eason   14  Eason   8  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,062)
Baton Rouge, LA
November 22, 2021*
7:00 p.m., SECN+
Belmont W 83–53  5–0
 15  Tied   9  Reid   3  Tied  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,923)
Baton Rouge, LA
November 26, 2021*
6:00 p.m., CBSSN
vs. Penn State
Emerald Coast Classic semifinals
W 68–63 OT 6–0
 20  Eason   9  Eason   3  Tied  The Arena at NFSC (2,146)
Niceville, FL
November 27, 2021*
6:00 p.m., CBSSN
vs. Wake Forest
Emerald Coast Classic championship game
W 75–61  7–0
 14  Reid   9  Fudge   5  Pinson  The Arena at NFSC (1,700)
Niceville, FL
December 1, 2021*
7:00 p.m., SECN+
Ohio W 66–51  8–0
 20  Eason   13  Days   5  Gaines  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (11,328)
Baton Rouge, LA
December 11, 2021*
5:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 25 vs. Georgia Tech
Holiday Hoopsgiving
W 69–53  9–0
 23  Eason   10  Days   6  Pinson  State Farm Arena (6,137)
Atlanta, GA
December 14, 2021*
6:00 p.m., SECN
No. 19 Northwestern State W 89–49  10–0
 18  Eason   10  Reid   4  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (8,904)
Baton Rouge, LA
December 18, 2021*
6:00 p.m., CBSSN
No. 19 vs. Louisiana Tech
Bossier City Showcase
W 66–57  11–0
 21  Eason   18  Days   2  Tied  Brookshire Grocery Arena (6,868)
Bossier City, LA
December 22, 2021*
6:00 p.m., SECN
No. 17 Lipscomb W 95–60  12–0
 21  Days   9  Reid   6  Gaines  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,767)
Baton Rouge, LA
December 29, 2021
6:00 p.m., ESPNU
No. 16 at No. 11 Auburn L 55–70  12–1
(0–1)
 13  Pinson   7  Eason   3  Pinson  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
January 4, 2022
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 21 No. 16 Kentucky W 65–60  13–1
(1–1)
 13  Eason   7  Days   4  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (11,808)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 8, 2022
5:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 21 No. 18 Tennessee W 79–67  14–1
(2–1)
 24  Eason   12  Eason   7  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (12,881)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 12, 2022
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 12 at Florida W 64–58  15–1
(3–1)
 20  Days   8  Wilkinson   2  Tied  O'Connell Center (10,110)
Gainesville, FL
January 15, 2022
1:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 12 Arkansas L 58–65  15–2
(3–2)
 14  Gaines   6  Gaines   5  Gaines  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (12,734)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 19, 2022
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 13 at Alabama L 67–70  15–3
(3–3)
 26  Eason   10  Eason   3  Wilkinson  Coleman Coliseum (10,368)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 22, 2022
5:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 13 at No. 24 Tennessee L 50–64  15–4
(3–4)
 16  Eason   7  Days   3  Tied  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,061)
Knoxville, TN
January 26, 2022
8:00 p.m., SECN
No. 19 Texas A&M W 70–64  16–4
(4–4)
 21  Murray   9  Eason   3  Tied  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,929)
Baton Rouge, LA
January 29, 2022*
11:00 a.m., ESPN2
No. 19 at TCU
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 68–77  16–5
 16  Eason   12  Days   6  Gaines  Schollmaier Arena (6,539)
Fort Worth, TX
February 1, 2022
8:00 p.m., SECN
No. 25 Ole Miss L 72–76  16–6
(4–5)
 21  Days   13  Days   3  Tied  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,707)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 5, 2022
5:00 p.m., SECN
No. 25 at Vanderbilt L 66–75  16–7
(4–6)
 16  Eason   11  Days   2  Tied  Memorial Gymnasium (7,381)
Nashville, TN
February 8, 2022
6:00 p.m., SECN
at Texas A&M W 76–68  17–7
(5–6)
 25  Eason   12  Eason   5  Murray  Reed Arena (6,636)
College Station, TX
February 12, 2022
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
Mississippi State W 69–65  18–7
(6–6)
 23  Eason   7  Days   5  Gaines  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,975)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 16, 2022
7:00 p.m., SECN
Georgia W 84–65  19–7
(7–6)
 21  Eason   12  Days   10  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,064)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 19, 2022
2:30 p.m., SECN
at South Carolina L 75–77  19–8
(7–7)
 21  Eason   10  Eason   8  Pinson  Colonial Life Arena (11,292)
Columbia, SC
February 23, 2022
8:00 p.m., ESPN
at No. 6 Kentucky L 66–71  19–9
(7–8)
 26  Pinson   8  Days   8  Pinson  Rupp Arena (20,199)
Lexington, KY
February 26, 2022
7:30 p.m., SECN
Missouri W 75–55  20–9
(8–8)
 18  Eason   7  O'Neal   3  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,304)
Baton Rouge, LA
March 2, 2022
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
at No. 14 Arkansas L 76–77  20–10
(8–9)
 24  Eason   7  Tied   5  Pinson  Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Fayetteville, AR
March 5, 2022
11:00 a.m., CBS
No. 25 Alabama W 80–77 OT 21–10
(9–9)
 24  Days   9  Eason   8  Pinson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (11,237)
Baton Rouge, LA
SEC Tournament
March 10, 2022
1:00 p.m., SECN
(5) vs. (12) Missouri
Second Round
W 76–68  22–10
 19  Eason   8  Days   8  Murray  Amalie Arena 
Tampa, FL
March 11, 2022
1:30 p.m., ESPN
(5) vs. (4) No. 15 Arkansas
Quarterfinals
L 67–79  22–11
 15  Eason   10  Days   4  Murray  Amalie Arena 
Tampa, FL
NCAA tournament
Mar 18, 2022
6:20 p.m., TBS
(6 MW) vs. (11 MW) Iowa State
First Round
L 54–59  22–12
 18  Eason   12  Days   7  Pinson  Fiserv Forum (17,500)
Milwaukee, WI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Schedule Source[3]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre12345678910111213141516171819Final
APRVRVRVRV251917162112131925RVNot released
CoachesRV^RVRV242016162112161825

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings
^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LSU fires Wade after NCAA discloses allegations". ESPN.com. 2022-03-12. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  2. ^ "LSU turns to Murray St.'s McMahon as next coach". ESPN.com. 2022-03-21. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  3. ^ "2021–22 Men's Basketball Schedule" (Press release). LSU Department of Athletics. October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.