Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast

Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast

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Boot Up is the official podcast of LSU Basketball hosted by Cody Worsham, with game breakdowns, previews, and interviews with current and former Tiger players, coaches, and staff.
Sweet 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mar 28 • 30 min
The nation’s capital is swept up in the #BootUp movement. We start today’s show with a quick sitdown with the most famous person to ever appear on the podcast. After that very serious conversation, we dive deep into Michigan State. We talk personnel,…
Bonus Episode: Sounds from the Locker Room
Mar 24 • 17 min
Ever been inside a locker room during March Madness? Here’s your chance. Hear from Tremont Waters on his game-winning shot, Skylar Mays on his clutch 3, and Darius Days on his big day off the bench. Plus, sounds from the celebration. And listeners in the…
Survive and Advance
Mar 22 • 25 min
LSU tops Yale 79-74 for the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in a decade, and we storm the locker room after to talk about all the relevant topics as the Tigers prepare to take their shot at the Sweet 16. - Skylar Mays on keeping the team connected -…
Let’s Dance
Mar 20 • 30 min
The NCAA Tournament is here, and LSU is set to take on Yale in the first batch of Thursday games. On today’s show, we break down Yale’s roster and how it matches up with LSU. We also talk to Kavell Bigby-Williams and Skylar Mays about their NCAA…
Bonus Episode: The Managers
Mar 12 • 37 min
Just the audio of my chat with Corey Vinson, William Harrell, and Mitchell Fillinger, three of the managers for the LSU Basketball team. We talk about the high demands of their jobs, the networking opportunities and lessons they’ve learned, and, of…
Cutting Down Nets and Inside the Grind of the LSU Basketball Managers
Mar 12 • 52 min
On today’s episode, we recap LSU’s 80-59 win over Vanderbilt and hear from Skylar Mays, Marshall Graves, and Tremont Waters on what it was like to cut down the nets and celebrate the Tigers’ 11th ever SEC title. Graves, a former walk-on, hit four threes…
Road Warriors Return Home Seeking an SEC Championship
Mar 8 • 24 min
Go back in time with me. It’s May 2018. LSU has just finished, by all accounts, a successful season, a season of marked improvement. But Will Wade wasn’t satisfied, because he’s a competitor, and he hated losing seven straight SEC road games. So he hit…
Mailbag: Conference Title Talk, NCAA Seeding, Bama Recap, Florida Preview, and more
Mar 5 • 34 min
Lots to talk about today. We recap LSU’s 74-69 win over Alabama, talk about the return of Tremont Waters and the growth of Javonte Smart, and touch on Skylar Mays and Naz Reid’s consistency and just how damn good this team has been in the final five…
Naz Reid on Playing Against Shaq, Getting in the Best Shape of His Life, and Developing a Motor + Alabama Preview
Mar 1 • 24 min
Naz Reid is a new man. The freshman forward arrived in Baton Rouge this summer 272 pounds and with a reputation for not having an elite motor. Months later, he’s leading the team in rebounding, charges taken, and is the best second half player in the SEC.…
The Turning Point | Tigers Overcome Adversity to Top Tennessee and Set a Course for the SEC Title
Feb 25 • 32 min
Goosebumps. That’s the prevailing memory I’ll take away from LSU’s 82-80 overtime win over Tennessee on Saturday. It wasn’t the win, which set the Tigers back atop the SEC and put them back in control of their conference championship destiny. It was the…
LSU-Tennessee Preview with Chris Blair, The Voice of the Tigers
Feb 22 • 36 min
The Voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, joins today’s episode of Boot Up. We talk big picture — how LSU has improved throughout the season, where the turning points have been, and what’s been key to their success — as well as what Chris does to get ready…
Tigers Atop the SEC + Emmitt Williams on Spiders, Short Shorts, and Why He Plays So Hard
Feb 19 • 34 min
On today’s show, we recap LSU’s 83-79 win over Georgia over the weekend, which, coupled with Kentucky’s win over Tennessee, saw the Tigers move into a tie for first place in the SEC. We break down Naz Reid’s penchant for strong second halves, why Will…
Mailbag: Top 10? Surprise players? Attacking the Paint? Plus, Georgia Preview and Revisiting an Old Will Wade Rant
Feb 15 • 27 min
Change of plans: no players available this week for interviews due to scheduling conflicts, so today’s episode is a mailbag addition. You submitted your questions on Twitter (@CodyWorsham) and Instagram (@CodyMWorsham) and I did my best to answer them.…
“We’ve Got Some Fiber” | Tigers Make National Noise with Buzzer-Beating Road Win over Kentucky
Feb 13 • 21 min
Buzzer beater alert! Buzzer beater alert! Kavell Bigby-Williams’ last-second tip-in pushed LSU past No. 5 Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. We cobbled together a quick reaction podcast with audio from Will Wade’s postgame press conference. Some…
A Dog in the Hunt: LSU knocks off Auburn to set up huge trip to Kentucky
Feb 11 • 25 min
On today’s episode of Boot Up, we break down LSU’s 83-78 win over Auburn and preview a huge road trip to Lexington. We talk about the Tigers using their brains to beat a sharpshooting Auburn squad, how Naz Reid works his tail off in practice and Skylar…
Greg Goldin: LSU’s Extender of Human Potential + Another Road OT win at Mississippi State
Feb 7 • 46 min
Fresh off another heart-stopping road win for LSU — this time a 92-88 overtime victory at Mississippi State — we break down the Tigers’ second half comeback, fueled by Naz Reid and Tremont Waters’ offensive outbursts and a glorious set play in overtime.…
Percentages + Javonte Smart is Fearless
Feb 5 • 31 min
On today’s episode of Boot Up, we look back at LSU’s first SEC loss, a 90-89 nailbiter vs. Arkansas. We analyze how two bad stretches of play cost the Tigers, how LSU played the percentages correctly but the percentages decided not to comply, and what…
Will Wade is a Wizard, Tremont Waters Keeps Making (Real and Imaginary) Shots, and Another SEC Win
Feb 1 • 33 min
On today’s episode of Boot Up, we break down LSU’s 72-57 win over Texas A&M, Will Wade predicts the future, Tremont Waters makes a bunch of shots, including one imaginary one, and we gush about Skylar Mays. Show outline: 1:50 - A&M breakdown 2:45 - How…
The Escape Job: Inside the Miracle in Missouri, the Comeback in Columbia
Jan 28 • 1 min
Holy cow. Holy. Freakin. Cow. LSU comes from behind to erase a 14-point deficit with 2:14 left in an 86-80 overtime win at Missouri. We were on site for the historic escape job, and we re-live the win, taking you inside Missouri Arena during the game,…
The Unprecedented Production of Tremont Waters + Will Reese, The Perfect Walk-On
Jan 24 • 33 min
Fresh off a 26 point outing from Tremont Waters in a 92-82 win over Georgia, we break down Waters’ stellar play of late (1:38), with a little help from the coaches who have tried, unsuccessfully, to stop him (10:56). We also lay out the stats that show…
Connectedness + Marlon Taylor on How High His Vertical Is (and How Often He Gets Asked About It)
Jan 21 • 33 min
And then there were two. LSU’s 89-67 win over South Carolina on Saturday leaves the Tigers with Tennessee as the only unbeatens left in the SEC. It also put LSU back in the AP Top 25, as well as inside the top 10 in RPI and the top 15 in the NET rankings.…
Dane Bradshaw Breaks Down LSU’s 3-0 Start in SEC Play and a Clash of Undefeateds vs. South Carolina
Jan 17 • 31 min
Two road games. Two road wins. One matchup of unbeatens. LSU hit the road last week and came home with its first two road wins in a calendar year. Now, the Tigers are up to No. 16 in the NET Rankings and one of three undefeated teams in SEC play. On this…
Uncomfortable (Plus: One on One with Ja’vonte Smart)
Jan 11 • 20 min
Things were a little tense on Thursday around the LSU Basketball program. That’s exactly how Will Wade wanted it. Plus, Ja’vonte Smart joins at the 8:45 mark to talk about coming off the bench for the first time since 5th grade and how he accidentally…
Can Kavell Be Cloned? Breaking Down a 1-0 Start to SEC Play
Jan 9 • 24 min
LSU started off conference play with an 88-79 win over Alabama. We break it down, including how Kavell Bigby-Williams and Ja’vonte Smart accepted new roles and starred in them, how Tremont Waters continues to dazzle, and what went right and wrong on the…
SEC Play is Here, 1 on 1 with Skylar Mays, and Emmitt Williams’ Short Shorts
Jan 4 • 38 min
The first episode of the new year is here, and so is SEC play. The Tigers get started Tuesday at home against Alabama. We preview that game, take a big picture look at the SEC, look back at LSU’s 81-69 win over UL-Monroe, break down the improvement of Naz…
Tremont Waters + Recapping a Top-25 Win
Dec 26, 2018 • 26 min
LSU sophomore guard Tremont Waters (11:15) is the guest on this week’s episode of Boot Up: The LSU Basketball Podcast. Waters talks coming off the bench (11:50), improving as a defender (12:50), playing with more talent than ever before (13:50), changing…
Will Wade Previews the Biggest Home Game of the Season (So Far) and Recaps a Week Out West
Dec 20, 2018 • 28 min
Happy to be joined this week by LSU head coach Will Wade, who comes on for 15 minutes to recap a West Coast swing and preview a Friday home matchup with undefeated Furman. Topics covered include: the 2018 recruiting class (13:45), what he’s learned about…
Assistant coach Greg Heiar talks LSU guard play and Houston matchup
Dec 11, 2018 • 29 min
It’s a big week for LSU hoops. The Tigers hit the road for a matchup with undefeated Houston, who just cracked the top 25 and are one of just eight unbeaten teams in the country, before heading to Vegas Saturday to play St. Mary’s. To preview the game,…
Kavell Bigby-Williams and Grambling recap
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s show, Cody sits down with Kavell Bigby-Williams to talk about lessons learned in Orlando, getting started playing basketball at 15, growing up in London, and more. Cody also recaps LSU’s 78-57 win over Grambling, with a focus on the play of…
The 77/48 Split: Recapping AdvoCare Invitational and New PMAC Food with Matt LaBorde
Nov 29, 2018 • 46 min
LSU is back from a 1-2 trip to the Advocare Invitational, and Will Wade has his sights set on solutions to the Tigers’ problems after two defeats. On this episode, we break down why Marlon Taylor and Darius Days are in for more minutes, the changes to…
Seniors Step Up vs. Tech; Advocare Invitational Preview; 2019 Signees So Far
Nov 20, 2018 • 34 min
On today’s show, Cody looks back at LSU’s 74-67 win over Louisiana Tech, with insight from Will Wade, Ja’vonte Smart, and Daryl Edwards. We also look ahead to the Advocare Invitational and some things the Tigers will be working on fixing before Thursday’s…
Bonus Episode: Naz Reid’s Hard Work — and Growth Spurt — Are Paying Off
Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min
A bonus episode featuring just the Naz Reid feature from the end of Episode 3.
Episode 3: How Naz Reid’s summer of shooting paid off, plus a pair of home wins broken down
Nov 15, 2018 • 38 min
On today’s episode, Cody breaks down two home wins for LSU over UNC-Greensboro and Memphis. He talks what’s working for LSU, what needs work, and what trends to keep an eye on — with a deep dive into the numbers. At the 29:00 mark, a feature on Naz Reid…
Episode 2: Newcomers shine in season opener
Nov 9, 2018 • 34 min
On today’s episode, we take a look back at LSU’s 94-63 win over Southeastern. Cody gets Emmitt Williams’ perspective on his first start, Skylar Mays talks about Marlon Taylor’s athleticism and Naz Reid’s jelly, and Will Wade talks about Steady Eddie and…
Episode 1: Will Wade previews the 2018-19 LSU Basketball season
Nov 4, 2018 • 46 min
Will Wade sits down for a 30-minute conversation on the season ahead. He breaks down every player on the roster and discusses some of the changes to keep an eye out for this year. Then, junior guard Skylar Mays sits down for a quick conversation on his…