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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.
48 Episodes
A top-five class (that may not be finished) has Will Wade thinking his next team could be his best team. Coach Wade joins the show today to break down LSU's 2020 hoops class, currently ranked No. 5 nationally. The group features the son of an LSU legend (Shareef O'Neal), the best scoring guard in the country (Cameron Thomas), a point guard with Tremont Waters' passing ability and explosive length (Eric Gaines), Louisiana's Mr. Basketball (Jalen Cook), a 17-year-old high-flyer from Vegas (Mwani Wilkinson), a rebounding machine from California (Bradley Ezewiro), and a versatile, defensively-gifted transfer who practiced all spring with the Tigers (Josh LeBlanc). Read the recap of LSU's 2020 class here: --- Send in a voice message:
LSU Baseball's pitching staff was off to a historic start in 2020. Then, the outbreak of a pandemic changed everything. Today's episode of Tigers United features Cole Henry and Eric Walker (6:58), two of the Tigers' top arms, who check in from their homes on how they're adapting to life in the social distancing age. They talk missing the day to day grind of a baseball team, living meal to meal, finding ways to work out and throw, the uncertainty of their futures, what they're watching, and how difficult it is to cut off a championship chase before it even really gets started. Watch the interview on YouTube: --- Send in a voice message:
A new podcast series from LSU Athletics: Tigers United. So many times in life, we're defined by the things that divide us. But sometimes we all go through something together. And we're reminded of the things that unite us. Right now, in some form or another, we're all going through the same thing. And we're all united by a sense of loss and how to cope with it. On one end of the scale, there are those who are fighting for their lives, fighting for their health, fighting for the lives of other people. And wherever you are in that fight, know you're not alone. But up and down the scale, from most serious to least serious, we're all dealing with some sort of loss. Maybe it's a job. Maybe it's school. Maybe it's time spent with loved ones or the ability to go work out in a gym or eat out at a restaurant for dinner. For Ruby Harrold and Skylar Mays, one of the losses they're dealing with right now is a loss that so many other student athletes across the country are figuring out how to cope with. Both of their collegiate careers were cut short because of the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Neither got the chance to finish their careers at LSU the way they deserved. After all the hard work and the heartache. After all the sacrifice and the celebration. They just ended. Earlier this week, they joined me for the first in a series of conversations we're calling Tigers United. Each episode we're going to hear from LSU student athletes, staff, and coaches, on how they're navigating this new world we're all living in. We'll talk mental health and physical health. We'll look back on the past, and we'll look forward to the future. You can find every episode at, as well as on our Hey Fightin' Podcast and Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast feeds. We all come from different places. We all play different sports. We all have different obstacles to overcome. But now as always, we're all Tigers, and we're all united. --- Send in a voice message:
Cody and Chris sit down to preview the SEC Tournament. They talk bracketology, ideal matchups for Friday night's tipoff, LSU finding consistency heading into postseason, the play of Marlon Taylor, Javonte Smart, and Darius Days, last minute packing, and much more.  Subscribe! Rate! Review! --- Send in a voice message:
On today's show, we talk LSU's NCAA Tournament resume, why Will Wade thinks his team is on the right track, how consistency is key for this season's team and for the program as a whole, and we play the full press conference from Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who met with the media for nearly 30 minutes last week ahead of his jersey retirement Saturday.  --- Send in a voice message:
Back after a short break. The bad news: LSU lost two games since we last spoke.  The good news: LSU won its last game and remains atop the SEC. The great news: Charles Manning is back. On today's show, we talk about the impact Manning's return will have on both sides of the ball, and Will Wade breaks down why LSU's three-point defense has struggled lately. --- Send in a voice message:
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:
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:
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:
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. Tennessee Back next week with more.  --- Send in a voice message:
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:
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:
Bootin' Up in España

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:
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:
Survive and Advance

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:
Let's Dance

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:
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:
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:
Go back in time with me. It's May 2018. LSU has just finished, by all accounts, a successful season, a season of marked improvement.  But Will Wade wasn't satisfied, because he's a competitor, and he hated losing seven straight SEC road games.  So he hit the road, to learn and adapt and correct those road woes. Fast forward to present day, and LSU has made history, winning all nine SEC road games and setting the stage for an SEC title on Saturday vs. Vanderbilt. On today's show, we recap that road resurgence, hear from Tremont Waters, Skylar Mays, and Emmitt Williams on the Florida win and the task at hand vs. Vanderbilt, and finish with a scouting report of the Commodores.  Here's a link to the story I reference in today's long introduction. --- Send in a voice message:
Lots to talk about today. We recap LSU's 74-69 win over Alabama, talk about the return of Tremont Waters and the growth of Javonte Smart, and touch on Skylar Mays and Naz Reid's consistency and just how damn good this team has been in the final five minutes of games.  We then preview Florida, the type of "gritty, grimy" team that Will Wade said earlier this season would end the Tigers' season. A win, and LSU plays for an SEC title on Saturday.  Finally, we get to your mailbag questions, where we talk NCAA Tournament seeding, Achilles heels, Emmitt Williams, and more.  Here's a link to the Eye on College Basketball podcast, which we excerpt from to discuss seeding. --- Send in a voice message:
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