Rabalais: LSU basketball looks like 'playground ball pickup all-stars lacking the chemistry to succeed,' but season not lost yet _lowres

Photo by Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP -- LSU guard Josh Gray guards Houston's Galen Robinson Jr. on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavillion in Houston. The Tigers are tied for 320th out of 346 NCAA teams in defense, giving up 81.5 points per game.

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If the LSU men's basketball team intends to play in the NCAA tournament, the Tigers' march to March Madness begins Saturday at 8 p.m. at Vanderbilt in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener.

A win for the Tigers would mark their biggest victory of the season. A loss puts the Tigers in an 0-1 conference hole with Kentucky coming to the Maravich Center on Tuesday.

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