So, the fairy tale start to the season ended last night with a loss to Boise State, a 6-2 team, in LSU's first game away from home. Consider it a wake up call, or to some, consider it reality. Here's the way I look at it. This is a young team who still hasn't developed as a team. Sometimes young teams can surprise you, when they don't know what they don't know. But on the road, experienced teams are needed to win. Just looking at the score may lead you to believe that this was a bad loss, but I'll pin point a few things, which I called out earlier in my threads for the season. First off, if you look at the box score, both teams shot reasonably well, and their shooting percentages were comparable. Even the Tigers' achilles heel, FT shooting was better. However, aggression and rebounding hurt the Tigers. Maybe that can be summed up with this is LSU's first road game fighting against a hostile crowd (an attendance of 11K+ at Boise State sort of puts LSU's fan base to shame) against an underrated team that actually has a few decent players on their team. Their forward, Ryan Watkins, KILLED LSU on the boards, with 17 rebounds, and 10 of them offensive. In a season so far when LSU has generally outhustled and outrebounded their competition, in this game, JOB was neutralized (only 5 boards), and the team was outrebounded 44 to 27. While LSU shot 72% for the game from the FT line, they shot only 11 FTs to Boise State's 31 FTs. Call that the home town cooking, or call it the home team being more aggressive and the visiting team being on its heels. Some highlights. With Hickey having a minor role (only 13 minutes) due to his suspension, we saw a bright spot in Corban Collins (19 points on 5 3s), but he had only 1 asst. We saw Stringer struggle with his shot and O'Bryant unable to control the paint. No herculean effort from Shavon Coleman, and an off game by Carmouche and LSU didn't get it done. For those of us that said defense and rebounding were going to be key this year, this is a good example. LSU will have to continue to outhustle and surprise folks, and shoot well. In a game where they were not the aggressor, they were exposed. I'll be waiting to see how they handle UCI as the next game. It's a learning experience and one where they will need to grow and develop that fight back character. Let's geaux, Tigers.