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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.
43 Episodes
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.
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. 
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 
Bonus Episode: The Managers

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. 
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. 
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.
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.
Naz Reid is a new man.  The freshman forward arrived in Baton Rouge this summer 272 pounds and with a reputation for not having an elite motor.  Months later, he's leading the team in rebounding, charges taken, and is the best second half player in the SEC. So much for not having a motor. We sat down with Naz for this week's episode (12:00) to talk about growing up in New Jersey, playing in Rucker Park, and how he transformed himself into a second half machine.  Before that, we preview the road trip to Alabama with Will Wade and talk about how this team has become one of the best road teams in the country. 
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. 
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. 
On today's show, we recap LSU's 83-79 win over Georgia over the weekend, which, coupled with Kentucky's win over Tennessee, saw the Tigers move into a tie for first place in the SEC. We break down Naz Reid's penchant for strong second halves, why Will Wade loved Javonte Smart's technical foul, and the success of the Tigers' three-guard lineup.  We also preview the first game of a three-game homestand for LSU, as Florida comes to town on Wednesday, before answering a few listener questions. Finally, we sit down with freshman forward Emmitt Williams, who remains one of the most delightful people you'll ever meet. He opened up about his fear of spiders, the memories of fallen friends that inspire him to play his heart out every night, and, yes, his short shorts.  Show outline: 2:30 - Breaking down the Georgia win 3:20 - Naz Reid's huge second halves 4:20 - Javonte Smart's shooting on the road 4:45 - T'd Up 5:50 - Will Wade LOVES Javonte Smart and his technical foul 7:15 - "He's as real as they come" 8:15 - Three guards are better than one 10:20 - Florida preview 12:57 - The turning point of the season 14:55 - What if LSU goes 2-0 this week? 16:10 - Zooming in vs. zooming out 18:20 - NCAA Tournament seeding 19:47 - What a week! 22:20 - Emmitt Williams joins the show 22:40 - Talkin' baseball 23:35 - Being recruited by Will Wade 24:45 - Going viral at a young age 26:00 - First in the family to go to college 27:15 - Antonio Blakeney 28:20 - Every day is not promised 29:00 - Riding the Hog 29:35 - Spiders! 31:35 - Trust 33:30 - Short shorts   
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.)
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