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Will Wade and the LSU basketball Tigers took offense to trash talk early in the week and won angry 84-76 over in-state UL-Lafayette Wednesday night to advance in the NIT.
With :13 seconds left on the clock (and the game already decided), LSU's Brandon Sampson slammed home a dunk to punt an explanation point on the victory.
Wade celebrated by calling a time-out, and pumping up the crowd as Marlin stormed towards the LSU bench and had to be restrained. Both coaches received technical fouls.
The feud started when Bob Marlin dissed the LSU basketball program. After the parings came out Sunday night, Marlin complained that his team wasn’t seeded higher despite a much higher RPI (63 to 94) and had to play LSU in its “gym.”
LSU’s head coach took exception. “We have an arena,” Wade said.
In truth, Marlin apparently calls everything a gym, though he did say his gym, the Cajundome, was nicer than the PMAC. Clearly, civility took a back seat in this matchup.
“It is what it is. I take exception when people take shots at your program. Before Sunday, ULL wasn’t even a thought in my mind. After the last couple of days it’s been something else. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I’m glad we were able to win for our fans. I can only imagine having to listen to that stuff. I thought our guys responded to their challenges.”
The Tigers advance to take on Utah Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU in the second round of the NIT.