GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - LSU coach Trent Johnson says the Tiger
team that held off Butler in the first round of the NCAA tournament
today reminds him a lot of the 2004 Nevada team that he took to the
Marcus Thornton scored 30 points to help LSU defeat Butler 75-71 and move on to Saturday's second round against top-seeded North Carolina in the South Regional in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 and four blocked shots for the eighth-seeded Tigers, who improved to 27-7 on the year.
Johnson says his squad has a couple of players who make big plays. But when they don't he says has some others who are not afraid to step up and shoot the ball.
Johnson is in his first season at LSU. He left Nevada for Stanford after the Wolf Pack were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Georgia Tech in 2004.
Nevada's 2004 team included Kirk Snyder, Nick Fazekas, Kevinn Pinkney, Todd Okeson, Gary Hill-Thomas and Marcelus Kemp.