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Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast

Boot Up is the official podcast of LSU Basketball hosted by Cody Worsham, with game breakdowns, previews, and interviews with current and former Tiger players, coaches, and staff.

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The Turning Point | Tigers Overcome Adversity to Top Tennessee and Set a Course for the SEC Title

Goosebumps.  That's the prevailing memory I'll take away from LSU's 82-80 overtime win over Tennessee on Saturday. It wasn't the win, which set the Tigers back atop the SEC and put them back in control of their conference championship destiny. It was the atmosphere, the emotion, the awe of two great teams at their best, competitors engaged at the highest levels of performance despite seemingly insurmountable odds. We talk a little bit about that on today's show, before breaking down the nuances of the win: Javonte Smart's clutch showing, Skylar Mays' shotmaking, Darius Days' versatility, Kavell Bigby-Williams' quiet, consistent excellence, Marshall Graves' moment of magic, and Wayde Sims' ever-present spirit in what Will Wade called a total team win.  We also talk about Wade's comments on his team's need to find consistency heading into Tuesday's crucial tilt with Texas A&M, and we finish with some words from Skylar Mays that you don't want to miss.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

32mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Will Wade Previews the 2019-20 Season

With LSU just three days away from tipping off the 2019-2020 season at home against Bowling Green, head coach Will Wade joined Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast to recap the Tigers’ 83-70 exhibition win over Louisiana and to preview the season ahead. Topics covered include: Darius Days vs. Marshall Henderson Charles Manning's dissertation Javonte Smart's leadership The development of Trendon Watford and James Bishop Emmitt Williams' new outlook Marlon Taylor's status Joe Burrow's basketball abilities --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

24mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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"We've Got Some Fiber" | Tigers Make National Noise with Buzzer-Beating Road Win over Kentucky

Buzzer beater alert! Buzzer beater alert! Kavell Bigby-Williams' last-second tip-in pushed LSU past No. 5 Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.  We cobbled together a quick reaction podcast with audio from Will Wade's postgame press conference. Some topics touched on:  - LSU's second half adjustments defensively - What the Tigers didn't change after halftime - Emmitt Williams rising to the occasion - Skylar Mays setting the tone - Wayde Sims watching from above #Forever44 - Lots more Stay tuned for another episode later this week.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

21mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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The Escape Job: Inside the Miracle in Missouri, the Comeback in Columbia

Holy cow. Holy. Freakin. Cow.  LSU comes from behind to erase a 14-point deficit with 2:14 left in an 86-80 overtime win at Missouri.  We were on site for the historic escape job, and we re-live the win, taking you inside Missouri Arena during the game, inside the LSU locker room after the game, and inside the thoughts of Skylar Mays, Will Wade, and the rest of the Tigers after an unforgettable win.  Topics touched on:  - The diamond press and 1-3-1 defense - The importance of getting it to 5 - Ja'vonte Smart's unbelievable competitiveness - The moments before Emmitt Williams' game-tying free throw - Naz Reid's clutch day at the line - Will Wade's statistic that is almost as incredible as the comeback itself - And much, much more --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

1min

28 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Mailbag: Top 10? Surprise players? Attacking the Paint? Plus, Georgia Preview and Revisiting an Old Will Wade Rant

Change of plans: no players available this week for interviews due to scheduling conflicts, so today's episode is a mailbag addition. You submitted your questions on Twitter (@CodyWorsham) and Instagram (@CodyMWorsham) and I did my best to answer them. Topics covered: - Why isn't LSU in the top 10?  - Who has been the most surprising player on the team?  - What's up with Georgia?  - Will LSU attack the rim more on offense?  Plus, I dig up an old Will Wade rant to show you just why LSU's RPI (No. 6 as of recording time) is so high.  P.S - We're No. 3! Boot Up hit No. 3 on the College Sports podcast charts on Wednesday. Keep us moving up by rating us, reviewing us, or going to the Apple Store and subscribing to the podcast on all the display phones. (Just kidding. Sort of.)--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

27mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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Greg Goldin: LSU's Extender of Human Potential + Another Road OT win at Mississippi State

Fresh off another heart-stopping road win for LSU -- this time a 92-88 overtime victory at Mississippi State -- we break down the Tigers' second half comeback, fueled by Naz Reid and Tremont Waters' offensive outbursts and a glorious set play in overtime. We also preview LSU's home contest with Auburn at 1 p.m. Saturday. But first, we sit down with LSU's strength and conditioning coordinator -- or, as he refers to himself, Extender of Human Potential -- Greg Goldin. Greg has been by Will Wade's side since their days at VCU, and he's been Wade's strength coach for every game he's been a head coach.  He's also one of the most engaging and interesting people you'll ever meet, a man of incredible strength and energy who LSU's players rave over and who Wade thinks is -- and I quote -- "some sort of wizard." We dive deep into that wizardry on the show. We talk protocols and routines. We talk philosophies and relationship-building. We talk weight lifting and conditioning. We also hear some fantastic stories, because Greg's story is fantastic, from sleeping on the floor covered in crickets to following a screaming Wade to Chattanooga, VCU, and, eventually, LSU.  Show outline:  0:00 - Goldin's screaming Will Wade impression 4:45 - Extender of potential 6:00 - How he got into S&C 9:50 - Corner sheets of paper 11:10 - Two shirts, please 11:50 - Life on the floor 12:45 - Grasshoppers and Greg 14:20 - Mornings with Will Wade 15:15 - Why Wade called screaming one day 15:50 - Where's Chattanooga? 16:50 - The Lost Art of Simple 17:45 - The five basic movement patterns Goldin uses daily 19:45 - Giants and Genetic Freaks  21:50 - Weight lifting school 24:00 - Technology and high performance models 25:00 - The Titanic 27:30 - Managing stress vs. applying stress 28:45 - Working with Will Wade  35:00 - Mississippi State breakdown/Auburn preview--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

46mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Sweet 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The nation's capital is swept up in the #BootUp movement. We start today's show with a quick sitdown with the most famous person to ever appear on the podcast.  After that very serious conversation, we dive deep into Michigan State. We talk personnel, offensive and defensive tendencies, and maybe some areas LSU can try to take advantage of, as they prepare to face perhaps the best team they've faced all season. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

30mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Coffee is for Closers + Complementary Basketball

Just in time for conference play, Boot Up is back. On today's show, we break down LSU's non-conference slate and preview the start of SEC play, with Will Wade's talk at his monthly tip-off luncheon on Thursday serving as a guide.Topics covered:- LSU finding its identity in complementary basketball- NET rankings and NCAA Tournament outlook- Emmitt Williams' key to success- Charles Manning's emergence- Javonte Smart's transition to point guard- Finding a closer and finishing games better- Aundre Hyatt's increasing role- Previewing the SEC opener vs. TennesseeBack next week with more. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

31mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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An Amalgamation of Ice and Fire...and a Recap of SEC Media Days

LSU made its way to Birmingham on Wednesday for Tipoff20, aka SEC Media Days, the unofficial start of the 2019-20 season. Javonte Smart. Skylar Mays. Will Wade. Kent Freaking Lowe. All the stars were on display, and there is plenty to talk about after LSU made its tour of the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Today, we hear from Smart, Mays, and Wade (no Lowe, unfortunately) as they made all the stops, and we break down some storylines going into the season just 22 days before it tips off at home against Bowling Green. Topics covered include: - Replacing Tremont Waters, Naz Reid, and Kavell Bigby-Williams - Javonte's return to full-time point guard duties - What makes Will Wade cry - Trendon Watford's role - Charles Manning Jr.'s stock rising - The definition of amalgamation Topics not covered include - Javonte's fear of cats - Skylar's career as a trumpeter in the marching band - Kent Lowe's bowling handicap Subscribe! Rate! Review--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

39mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Skylar Mays' MVP Performance, LSU's 6-0 Start, and Sitting Down with Emmitt Williams

LSU is 6-0 in the SEC after a critical 84-82 win over Florida. The finish wasn't pretty, but the result was. On today's show we talk: - Skylar Mays' patient approach and SEC Player of the Year candidacy - Replacing Charles Manning's minutes - The emergence of Aundre Hyatt - The resurgence of Marlon Taylor - A few minutes with Emmitt Williams on how his game transformed over the summer Subscribe. Rate. Review. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

31mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Bonus Episode: Sounds from the Locker Room

Ever been inside a locker room during March Madness? Here’s your chance. Hear from Tremont Waters on his game-winning shot, Skylar Mays on his clutch 3, and Darius Days on his big day off the bench. Plus, sounds from the celebration. And listeners in the Anchor app get a bonus song at the end of the episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

17mins

24 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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LSU-Tennessee Preview with Chris Blair, The Voice of the Tigers

The Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, joins today's episode of Boot Up. We talk big picture -- how LSU has improved throughout the season, where the turning points have been, and what's been key to their success -- as well as what Chris does to get ready for games and how he manages calling baseball and basketball this time of year.  We also look back at the loss to Florida and Will Wade's prediction on how LSU's season will end, unless they make some fixes fast.  Be sure to check out the video released on Twitter @LSUBasketball today to get fired up for Saturday's 11 a.m. tipoff. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

36mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Cutting Down Nets and Inside the Grind of the LSU Basketball Managers

On today's episode, we recap LSU's 80-59 win over Vanderbilt and hear from Skylar Mays, Marshall Graves, and Tremont Waters on what it was like to cut down the nets and celebrate the Tigers' 11th ever SEC title. Graves, a former walk-on, hit four threes to help LSU clinch the title, while Mays and Waters assumed critical leadership roles during a roller coaster week of a roller coaster season.  After that, I sit down with Corey Vinson, William Harrell, and Mitchell Fillinger, three of the managers for the LSU Basketball team. We talk about the high demands of their jobs, the networking opportunities and lessons they've learned, and, of course, the all-important Manager Games, where they take on the managers from other schools throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @LSUMBBManagers so you can vote to help them advance in the Manager Games, which begin this month. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

52mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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Tyrus Thomas + Finding An Identity and Beating the Computers

Tyrus Thomas, former LSU legend and NBA lottery pick, joins the show, for the first of what we hope to be many episodes together. Tyrus helps break down LSU's 90-76 win over Alabama and the Tigers' nine-game winning streak and 7-0 start to SEC play.  Topics covered: - Beating the computers  - Finishing games  - Similarities between 2006 Final Four team and 2020 team - LSU's relentless crashing of the offensive glass - Skylar Mays going old school from midrange - Emmitt Williams' motor and contagious energy - Will Wade maximizing strengths, minimizing weaknesses, and finding an identity Subscribe. Rate. Review.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

34mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Bootin' Up in España

A special summer episode of Boot Up, as LSU wraps up its August practice sessions before heading to Spain for its once-every-four-years international summer trip. First, we break down the new roster, including the newcomers for the Tigers, as well as the growth of the veterans. Will Wade talks playing smaller and faster, developing a motion offense, and building a team identity before and during the Spain trip.  After that, we sit down with LSU guards Javonte Smart and Skylar Mays, the Tigers' Bayou Backcourt. Skylar and Javonte give an overview of the new and returning faces on the roster, talk about growing in Baton Rouge and representing LSU, and preview the trip to Spain. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

36mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Survive and Advance

LSU tops Yale 79-74 for the program's first NCAA Tournament win in a decade, and we storm the locker room after to talk about all the relevant topics as the Tigers prepare to take their shot at the Sweet 16.  - Skylar Mays on keeping the team connected - Tremont Waters on the emotions of his NCAA Tournament debut - Assistant coach Greg Heiar on game planning against the Bulldogs - Marlon Taylor on shutting down a future pro and the Ivy League Player of the Year - Heiar on flipping the page to the next opponent on just two days turnaround Lots of audio from postgame, and plenty of breakdown on how the Tigers started fast and finished not so fast to beat Yale. I also throw out a theory as to why the Tigers' shooting fell off from a torrid first half to a tepid second half.  Share/subscribe/review/#BootUp.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

25mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Let's Dance

The NCAA Tournament is here, and LSU is set to take on Yale in the first batch of Thursday games.  On today's show, we break down Yale's roster and how it matches up with LSU. We also talk to Kavell Bigby-Williams and Skylar Mays about their NCAA Tournament memories and what the Tigers need to fix after losing to Florida in the SEC Tournament.  I'm in Jacksonville covering the team, so stay tuned for more updates from the tournament. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

30mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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A Dog in the Hunt: LSU knocks off Auburn to set up huge trip to Kentucky

On today's episode of Boot Up, we break down LSU's 83-78 win over Auburn and preview a huge road trip to Lexington. We talk about the Tigers using their brains to beat a sharpshooting Auburn squad, how Naz Reid works his tail off in practice and Skylar Mays works his tail off in the classroom, and why Will Wade thinks John Calipari is so underrated as a coach.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

25mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Trendon Watford is Purple and Gold to His Core

On today's show, we sit down with LSU freshman Trendon Watford for a 1-on-1 conversation with one of the most talented players in the country. Topics covered: - Adjusting to life at LSU - Growing up tall and adding skill - Why he idolizes Kobe Bryant - Playing in Staples Center - Why he loves the Tigers' big lineup - Finding his form at the free throw line--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

21mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Bonus Episode: The Managers

Just the audio of my chat with Corey Vinson, William Harrell, and Mitchell Fillinger, three of the managers for the LSU Basketball team. We talk about the high demands of their jobs, the networking opportunities and lessons they've learned, and, of course, the all-important Manager Games, where they take on the managers from other schools throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @LSUMBBManagers so you can vote to help them advance in the Manager Games, which begin this month. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/boot-up/message

37mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #20