BATON ROUGE - The final dress rehearsal one week before the season opener takes place Friday at 5 p.m. on the floor of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as the LSU men's basketball team takes part in a free to the public Purple-Gold scrimmage event.
Fans should enter the PMAC through the three lower portals (Northwest, Southwest and Southeast). The first 100 fans will received a team autographed season schedule poster and kids 12 and under will receive free popcorn at the concession stands.
Members of Mike's Kids Club can also pick up their 2010-11 membership packets and posters and schedule cards for the various athletic teams at LSU. Also members of the LSU Athletics Ticket Office will be on hand to assist people interested in season tickets and mini-plans for the SEC games that are also available through www.LSUtix.net.
The Tigers will be on display one week from the season opener of the 2010-11 season against Northwestern State which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
This will be LSU's first scrimmage since two NCAA-mandated "closed" scrimmages against other Division I programs last weekend.
"For me, I think they (the team) will be in a better rhythm and we will have some more stuff in," Coach Trent Johnson said earlier this week in his media session. "The game as far as the setting will be really nice for the kids, and they will probably play better than they did this weekend."
Early reports are that all players will be good to go for the scrimmage despite some injuries that limited players early in the week. Coach Johnson hopes to see some improvement in all areas going into the scrimmage.
"We have to work on all aspects of our game," the third year LSU coach said. "Obviously, we can't force kids to grow up and get bigger and stronger overnight, but the main thing is our ability to understand pressure. Like I said it is a work in progress and we will get to where we need to be, but I don't expect us to be operating on all cylinders immediately. I expect a lot of what is correctable to be corrected and go from there."
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. at the PMAC. LSU fans can follow LSU basketball on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsubasketball and on twitter @LSUbasketball and @LSUCoachJohnson.