LSU coach Dale Brown conceded Friday that the Tigers have "no chance" of earning an 11th consecutive NCAA tournament berth without winning the Southeastern Conference.
"If I were the selection committee, I wouldn't take us," Brown said. "I would think to go, we'd have to win it. We're playing the rest of this (regular) season for an NIT bid. The NCAA is out of the question right now."
The statement is not all that surprising, considering that LSU (11-12, 5-8 SEC) is in danger of finishing below .500 for the first time since 1976. But it is the first time that the exceedingly optimistic Brown has spoken pessimistically about the team's post-season chances.
21 FIU 98, UCF 53: Albena Branzova had 29 points to lead four players in double figures as Florida International downed Central Florida at Miami. Tana Pokorna added a season-high 26 points for Florida International (20-3), which shot 62.5 percent to 38.6 percent for UCF (11-13). Tamika Coley, formerly of Pinellas Park High, had 17 points and nine rebounds for Central Florida.
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