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LSU basketball coach Will Wade will lead the Tigers through an upgraded schedule in 2018-19.

Can LSU basketball run table in its nonconference schedule? Maybe

Nick Suss

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The schedule has been announced

The LSU basketball team announced its full nonconference schedule for 2018-19 on Tuesday, setting the stage for what could be a huge season in Tigers basketball history. The slate goes as follows:

  • Nov. 6: Southeastern Louisiana
  • Nov. 9: UNC Greensboro
  • Nov. 13: Memphis
  • Nov. 16: Louisiana Tech
  • Nov. 22-25: AdvoCare Invitational (in Orlando, Fla.)
  • Dec. 1: Grambling
  • Dec. 9: Incarnate Word
  • Dec. 12: at Houston
  • Dec. 15: Saint Mary’s (in Las Vegas)
  • Dec. 21: Furman
  • Dec. 28: UL-Monroe

LSU basketball coach Will Wade has bragged in the past about his ability to manipulate the RPI and give his team a favorable schedule. This is a pretty good indicator of that ability. In this schedule, LSU is guaranteed to play two teams that finished in the RPI top 100 each of the last two seasons, two of which are at home and one of which is at a neutral site. That’s not to mention the opportunity to play teams such as Villanova, Florida State and Oklahoma State in the AdvoCare Invitational.

From the looks of this schedule, it wouldn’t be hard to envision LSU going undefeated in its nonconference home games. UNC Greensboro, Memphis and Furman could all be tournament-caliber teams, but LSU should be considered the favorite in those contests. A trip to Houston isn’t easy, but LSU has snagged wins against the Cougars each of the last two seasons. That leaves the AdvoCare Invitational, which hasn’t announced its bracket yet, as the wild card. LSU probably won’t have the experience to beat perennial contenders such as Villanova or Florida State, but hey, LSU probably shouldn’t have beaten Michigan in Maui last year, either. Weird things happen in tournaments.

Either way, this is a good schedule for what should be an exciting campaign in Wade’s second season at the helm. The tests begin in November. But until then, speculation is fun.

A good story you should read

On Tuesday, we at SEC Country published a deep look at LSU’s left tackle of the future, 3-star signee Cam Wire. Wire is an interesting kid who arrives at LSU with a particular background, namely one on the basketball court.

You don’t usually imagine offensive linemen playing basketball, but Wire excelled on the hardwood, and those skills translated to his ability to pass block. He’s also a gentle giant who turns on the aggression when he straps on his helmet, a trait passed down through his bloodlines.

Click here to read the story. And be sure to check back to SEC Country over the next few weeks for more entries in our Next Generation series.

Today in made-up holidays

In extremely specific news, June 13 is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, according to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com. So, if you’re clumsy in the kitchen, I guess this is your day to not be ashamed of that? I don’t know. As with most made-up holidays, this one has flimsy reasoning at best.

Also, what does it mean to be klutzy in the kitchen? Are there people who genuinely fall down and trip over themselves, but only in the kitchen? Or is this a weird phrase meaning “bad cook” that I’ve never heard before? I, for one, don’t know what a “kitchen klutz” is.

But if you are one, who am I to belittle your big day? Have fun, kitchen klutzes.