Looking Back At LSU Basketball Stat Numbers

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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Looking Back At LSU Basketball Stat Numbers

BATON ROUGE – Now with some time to go over final numbers and the success of this LSU Basketball team off its SEC championship/NCAA Sweet 16 season, here are some statistical notes from the year worth looking back on …

SCORING
LSU averaged 80.4 points per game, the most by LSU since Shaquille O’Neal’s junior season (1991-92) when the Tigers averaged 87.5 points per game. It was the 16th time since the 1964-65 season that LSU has averaged over 80 points during the course of the season.

Four players averaged in double figures – Tremont Waters (15.3), Naz Reid (13.6), Skylar Mays (13.4), Javonte Smart (11.1) … Waters scored 504 points despite missing two games, marking the sixth straight season an LSU player scored over 500 points.

Both Waters and Mays topped the 1,000 point mark, giving LSU now 42 players over that career milestone. Mays in three years and 99 games has 1,100 career points, while Waters topped the 1,000 mark in the Maryland game and finished the year with 1,029 points. Waters was the 17th of the 42 players to top 1,000 in less than 70 games.

FIELD GOALS
LSU made 988 field goals during the year (988-2162, 45.7%), the most field goals made by LSU since the 1991-92 season (1,000) … It is the 10th most field goals made in a single season at LSU … Tremont Waters made 172 field goals, Naz Reid 171.

Both Kavell Bigby-Williams and Emmitt Williams earned top 10 spots for their field goal percentage this season (minimum 100 attempts). KBW made 111-of-180 (61.7%, seventh all-time) and Williams was 89-of-145 (61.4%, ninth all-time).

FREE THROWS
LSU had a strong year at the free throw line, recording the second best in school history at 75.2 percent, topped only by the Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson)/Ricky Blanton season of 1988-89 when the Tigers made 77.0 percent of their free throws … This is two straight good years at the line as LSU made 73.1 percent in the 2017-18 season … LSU was third in the SEC and 32nd in the nation in FT percentage.

The Tigers made 603 free throws this past season, the third time LSU has made 600 free throws in a season (667 in 1969-70, 653 in 1980-81 … LSU is second in the nation in free throw makes and ninth in the NCAA.

Skylar Mays had a free throw percentage of 86.0% making 129-of-150 attempts this season … That is the best by an LSU individual (min. 75 attempts) since Abdul-Rauf (Jackson) made 90.95 in 1989-90. The Mays percentage is the sixth best all-time in an LSU season. Javonte Smart and Tremont Waters were also over 80 percent with Smart making 73-87 or 83.9 percent and Waters made 104-of-128 for 81.3 percent.

Mays, over three seasons, has made 275-of-327 free throws or 84.1 percent (seasons of 81.2%, 83.7%, 86.0%). His percentage is third best all-time at LSU for a career (minimum 200 attempts) behind only Eddie Palubinskas (87.5%, 1972-74) and Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (Chris Jackson) (86.3%, 1988-90). Waters two-year career mark of 80.7% (221-274) is eighth best all-time at LSU.

ASSISTS
Tremont Waters, after 198 assists last year, had 192 assists this season and he is the first player to have 130-plus assists in consecutive seasons since Ethan Martin did it three consecutive seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Waters’ 192 is the sixth time an LSU player had 190 or more assists in a season (Kenny Higgs 239, Waters 198, T. J. Pugh 196, Pete Maravich 192, Martin 190).

Waters assist average of 5.82 is eighth best all-time for a single season at LSU, following last year when his 6.0 average was the seventh best for a single season.

Waters, Skylar Mays and Javonte Smart combined for a total of 345 assists, the best by any three LSU players since John Williams, Derrick Taylor and Don Redden combined for 372 in 1985-86. Other top trios for assists have been Ben Simmons, Tim Quarterman and Jalyn Patterson (336) in 2015-16; Chris Jackson, Ricky Blanton and Lyle Mouton in 1988-89 (326) and Ricky Blanton, Bernard Woodside and Darryl Joe (320) in 1987-88.

In two seasons, Waters has posted 390 assists which is seventh all-time at LSU. Waters has posted the most assists of any LSU player in their first two years at LSU … After setting the freshman record for assists at LSU last year (198), he eclipsed the sophomore record of Kenny Higgs (173, 1975-76) with 192 this year.

STEALS
LSU’s 308 steals were the most by LSU team since the 1999-2000 team (313) … The 308 total is the sixth most in a season in school history. Tremont Waters (96) and Skylar Mays (66) combined for 165 of those 308 steals (53.6%). It is the most combined steals by a pair of LSU players since steals became an official NCAA statistic.

Waters 96 steals is a school record for most steals in a season (topping the 93 by Daryl Joe in 1986-87). It is also a sophomore record, passing Jerry Reynolds (81, 1983-84) … Waters average of 2.91 is the fourth best in a single season by an LSU player … Waters led the league in both steals average and total and was fourth in the NCAA in average and fifth in steals … Waters is the third LSU player to lead the league in steals average in back-to-back years joining Anthony Hickey (2012, ’13) and Clarence Ceasar (1994, ’95).

TEAM GAMES
LSU’s 28 wins tied for second most in school history (31 in 1980-81, 28 in 1999-2000) … LSU won 16 SEC games in winning the championship, one shy of the school league record mark of 17 in 1981 … The 2019 team was the first LSU team to win nine road games in a league season and the third since the league went back to an 18-game season to go 9-0 on the road … The 35 games LSU played ties for the fifth most in a single season at LSU … It was LSU’s 11th SEC regular season title … The Tigers played a school record 7 overtime games, one off the D1 record of eight. LSU won five of those games, also a school mark.