Last season was supposed to be THE year for LSU Basketball. They had a perfect storm forming with super-Freshman Ben Simmons, and veteran players around him.

However it didn't work out the way anyone planned. The team finished 19-14, and 12-8 in the SEC. Ben Simmons is now gone to the NBA, and the team doesn't have much to build on. Which would explain the placement of LSU in the pre-season ranks. Here's more from the Louisiana Radio Network:

"In a vote by the media, the LSU men’s basketball team has been picked to finish 12th in the 14-team SEC. Antonio Blakeney was an All-SEC second-team preseason selection."