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I have LSU at number 4 in the SEC this season and number 1 in the weak SEC West. They should fight tooth and nail with Georgia for the number 3 slot, and I think I will come down to head-to-head to decide who the true number 3 team will be. LSU certainly has the talent to turn a few head this season.

Head Coach Van Chancellor is a great coach that has this team competing every year. He is entering his fourth season with the Tigers and his resume over the past three year speaks for itself: he has led the team to the NCAA Tournament in all of his seasons with the program. This includes a Final Four appearance as well. Chancellor looks to build on the success the team had last season with all of the talent that is returning to the team.

The main loss that this team will face is that of its top scorer last year, Allison Hightower. Hightower led the team with a little over 18 points per game. Those points would be sorely missed by any team in the country, and LSU is no different. It will be up to LaSondra Barrett to lead the team now.

LSU women's basketball Coach
Van Chancellor, the coach of the LSU women, was throwing candy out to the crowd.
Thanks to Todd Martin from Flikr.com for this great picture of Van Chancellor.

Barrett averaged almost 13 points per game last season and has been named to the All-SEC First Team for the preseason. She and Katherine Graham, who led the Tigers in assists last season, look to be a potent one-two punch for the Tigers this season. If they can keep the chemistry that they showed last season, they should terrorize opposing defenses on their way to some big wins this season.

LSU's defense has always been a team undertaking, so there should not be a large drop-off between seasons on that front. Taylor Turnbow returns as the Tigers' second leading shot blocker from a year ago. While the loss of Jasmine Nelson may be felt early in the season, the Tigers should come together quickly and play solid defense.

LSU women's basketball team
LSU women's basketball team.
Thanks to _cheryl at flickr.com for the photo.

The Tigers are in the race for the SEC crown every year, and this season will be no different. If they can get a few close games to go their way, they should make a tremendous amount of noise not only in the SEC, but in the NCAA Tournament as well. Nobody will want to play this team come tournament time.

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