The demise of LSU’s basketball season has been greatly exaggerated.

Without head coach Will Wade for the NCAA Tournament, the No. 3 seed Tigers came out with a purpose and dominated a helpless No. 14 seed Yale team in the East Region from Jacksonville, jumping out to a 45-29 at halftime. Yale made a nice 10-2 run in the second half to make things interesting but LSU’s athleticism won out in this first round matchup as the Tigers move on following a 79-74 win.

The Tigers had four players score 10 or more points as Skylar Mays lead the way with 19, Trevon Waters chipped in 15, Naz Reid had 14 and Kavell Bigby-Williams added 10 of his own in this game.

One player that didn’t live up to the hype entering this game was Yale’s Miye Oni. The junior from California made only two of his 14 attempts in the game and finished with five points in the game.


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When discussing the mismatch LSU presented in this matchup, one play from the first half certainly stood out. Check out this monster jam Naz Reid delivered on Yale halfway into the first half.

It wasn’t just the big men showing off in this game, check out this move Skylar Mays busted out that seemed to confuse his Yale defender in embarrassing fashion.

With this win, LSU improves to 27-6 on the season and moves on to the Round of 32 and awaits the winner of No. 6 seed Maryland vs. No. 11 seed Belmont for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.