Tigers eye tournament double-bye _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Jalyn Patterson works the ball against Florida on Saturday in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Patterson scored six points and had four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Tigers' 70-63 win.

The up and down LSU men’s basketball team is one of the most polarizing in this year’s NCAA tournament.

Will they be one and done? Could the Tigers make a deep run?

Craig Carton thinks the latter and he put it in writing – or at least on a dry erase board.

Carton, who co-hosts the “Boomer and Carton” show on the CBS Sports Network with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, made his picks on their show Tuesday and had LSU beating Kentucky … to win it all.

OK, it seemed a bit off the cuff, but the Tigers seem to have at least one believer out there in the national media.

LSU (22-10) is the No. 9 seed in the East regional and takes on No. 8 N.C. State (20-13) at 8:20 p.m. CDT Thursday in a second-round game in Pittsburgh on TBS.