Ex-LSU basketball coach John Brady picks LSU, identifies important key for Tigers to advance _lowres

Former LSU basketball coach John Brady, who led the Tigers to the 2006 Final Four, is returning to be an analyst with the LSU Sports Radio Network men's basketball broadcasts for the upcoming season. (AP File Photo/Rob Carr)

Ex-LSU basketball coach John Brady, who led LSU to a Final Four in 2006, is picking his former team to win Thursday night.

Brady said on Culotta & The Prince on 104.5 FM ESPN that he think the Tigers will advance and defeat North Carolina State. The key, he said, is LSU's guard play.

"I think as you watch the game, if LSU's guards play (well), I think they've got a chance," Brady said. "In fact I picked the Tigers to win the game. And I think LSU will make up -- if they don't have the guard play they need -- I think their athleticism and their ability to defend at times because of their athleticism is going to cause NC State some problems."

Brady's LSU coaching career criss-crossed with Gottfried at Alabama. Gottfried said on the show earlier this week that he thinks Brady's tenure in Baton Rouge is underappreciated.

"I hope that people at LSU and the LSU basketball family appreciate the job that he did, because I've always felt a little bit that it might not have been appreciated like it should have been," Gottfried said. "I remember standing on the floor during practice one night right there in Baton Rouge looking up at that 2006 Final Four banner and thinking: 'Wow. I would love to have that.' You know as a head coach I haven't done that yet."

Click here to listen to Brady's full interview.