After three comfortable wins to start the season, the LSU basketball team got its wake-up call on Wednesday, courtesy of the Wichita State Shockers.
Coach Johnny Jones and the LSU Tigers lost 82-47 to Wichita State in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau in the Bahamas.
The Tigers (3-1) were never in the game and were blown out of the water by the deep and pesky Shockers, who have become the gold standard for mid-major basketball programs in recent years.
Landry Shamet scored 16 points to lead Wichita State (5-0), which are coached by Gregg Marshall and play in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wichita State beats LSU by TKO in the Bahamas. Shockers won by 35 and it wasn't that close. Unbelievable culture in that basketball program.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 23, 2016
Wichita State led by as many as 36 points late in the second half.
Player of the game: Antonio Blakeney
Well, the pickings are slim for the Tigers, but it’s Blakeney.
One of the only holdovers from last year after the departures of Ben Simmons, Keith Hornsby and Tim Quarterman, the sophomore guard will need to keep things steady for LSU early.
He did OK on Wednesday, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Stat line of the game: Take your pick
This game was out of hand early on, so the final numbers might not point out exactly how much of a blowout this was.
But some of the highlights: Wichita State shot 50 percent from 3-point range, while LSU shot 17 percent; the Shockers outrebounded LSU 51-39; and Wichita State’s bench, which leads the nation in scoring, had 43 points.
Just resign, Johnny Jones. Pitiful.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) November 23, 2016
Turning point: The opening tip
The Tigers, playing in the converted ballroom at the Atlantis resort, could not hit anything early.
After seven missed field goals, the Tigers finally scored 5 minutes, 28 seconds into the game after Brandon Sampson made the second of two free throws.
By that time, though, Wichita State already posted an 11-0 lead.
What’s next for LSU basketball
The Tigers don’t have much time to regroup as they will begin consolation bracket play in Nassau on Thursday.
LSU will play in the 9:30 p.m. ET game on Thanksgiving against the loser of Wednesday night’s 9:30 game between No. 10 Louisville and Old Dominion.
A potential matchup with Old Dominion would be a rematch of another Caribbean early-season game, as Old Dominion beat LSU 70-61 in the opening round of the 2014 Paradise Jam.
LSU will play Thursday on AXS TV.
LSU vs. Wichita State box score