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.

The LSU basketball team is starting to look like the group everyone was expecting and hoping to see this season.

While four setbacks in a five-game stretch might have tempered the preseason excitement a bit, the Tigers seem to be getting things together at just the right time with 1? weeks to go before the start of Southeastern Conference play.

Tonight, LSU takes on American at 7 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Follow along here for live updates and analysis throughout the game.

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