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Jack McCallum
November 20, 1985
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November 20, 1985

8 Louisiana State

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The real key for LSU will be the play of the guards. Neither point guard Derrick Taylor nor Redden had good seasons in '84-85. But from all reports, Taylor is ready to return to the form that earned him SEC freshman of the year honors in '81-82. And Redden says that a summer of playing abroad with an Athletes in Action team has spruced up both his jump shot and his attitude.

The Baton Rouge bombshell hit on Nov. 3 when Horford, the subject of a bizarre recruiting war between LSU and Houston (SI, July 22), was dropped. The reason Brown gave was that Horford had missed a practice and then an intrasquad scrimmage, but the coach also made a cryptic mention of "tampering" by other schools. Brown added that in early practices, the 7'1" Jovanovich had "given Tito everything he could handle."

Mystery has become Brown's hallmark. Somehow it would be appropriate if this season LSU finds a way to erase some of its past postseason failures, like last season's 78-55 loss to Navy in the first round of the NCAAs, and returns to the Final Four. "We can't help but be excited," says Redden. And the Tigers will roar—in three different languages.

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