The LSU Tigers may not have the same number of appearances as the more prestigious college basketball programs, but they have had a lot of success in the tournaments they have made. The Tigers have appeared in over 19 NCAA Tournaments in program history and have played in more than 8 Sweet Sixteens, over five Elite Eights, and 3+ Final Fours. LSU has had superstar players like “Pistol” Pete Maravich and Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal over the years to wear the Tigers uniform.
LSU had their most successful NCAA Tournament run as a basketball program during the 1980s under head coach Dale Brown. Brown led the Tigers to four Elite Eight appearances along with two Final Fours. Despite not winning a national championship, Brown helped give LSU national recognition and not just the school that “Pistol Pete” played at.
The Tigers had their best season in program history in 1980-1981 when they finished the year with 31 victories and a trip to the Final Four. Led by head coach Dale Brown and guard/forward Rudy Macklin, the Tigers were able to have their most impressive season to date. Macklin finished the year as conference player of the year and an All-American along with having his jersey hung in the rafters.
LSU Tigers Recent NCAA Tourament History
LSU’s most recent tournament trip occurred in 2009 when they entered as the number 8 seed after a very successful season. The Tigers won their first game against the Butler Bulldogs before squaring up against the number one seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Despite a 25 point performance from guard Marcus Thornton, the Tigers were unable to defeat the very talented Tar Heels team as they lost 84-80.