LSU’s Athletic Department recently started a year long celebration to commemorate 100 years of LSU basketball (1909-2009). Barry Cowan of University Archives writes
LSU’s brand-new basketball team “had not more than two weeks’ practice” before playing its first game. The opposing team had been, according to a post-game article in The Reveille, “for two years champions of the State” and had “engaged in interscholastic games for several years. The L.S.U. spirit, however, conquered, and the Tigers once more landed on top.” The final score was LSU 35, opponents 20. The Tigers’ leading scorer was forward J.R. Keeny with 8 field goals. This first game was played on the road and the Tigers were “royally entertained” by the principal of the opposing school. Following this game LSU played Mississippi A&M (now Mississippi State University) and faced a rematch against the Tigers’ first opponents.
Here are this week’s trivia questions:
Q: When was LSU’s first basketball game played?
Q: Which Louisiana team did they play?
- Quotes and background information from The Reveille MF 632 Reel 1 and Gumbo LD 3118 .G8.
- Photograph of the team from the LSU Photograph Collection RG #A5000, Range AA:29, Box 1.