Final OT

(4) LSU 70

(27-8, 14-2 SEC)

(2) Texas 60

(30-7, 13-4 Big 12)

    4:40 PM ET, March 25, 2006

    Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

    1 2 OT T
    #4LSU 26 26 1870
    #2TEX 26 26 860

    Top Performers

    LSU: T. Thomas 21 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Texas: B. Buckman 13 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Davis, Thomas stand in way of Texas' return to Final Four

    No. 4 LSU (26-8) at No. 2 Texas (30-6) 4:40 pm EST

    ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas have shown that Louisiana State has the muscle inside to handle Texas' stellar front line.

    Fresh off their victory over top overall seed Duke, the fourth-seeded Tigers square off against the No. 2 Longhorns in the final of the Atlanta Region.

    All season long, Texas' frontcourt of P.J. Tucker, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brad Buckman has been considered among the elite in the nation. That fact was driven home once again on Thursday, as the Longhorns held a 45-16 advantage on the boards and 26-16 edge in points in the paint in a 74-71 victory over West Virginia.

    Coming on strong since the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule, LSU (26-8) has shown the ability to dominate the play down low behind Davis, the SEC Player of the Year, and the freshman sensation Thomas, who led the league in blocks and ranked second in rebounds behind his teammate.

    Appearing athletically superior to the Blue Devils' big men, Davis and Thomas both overcame constant foul trouble to make key play after key play down the stretch to seal the 62-54 upset.

    Davis, who finished with 14 points, twice grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw in the closing 25 seconds to help LSU ice a lead. Thomas had a pair of dunks and blocked a late layup attempt by Duke's Greg Paulus to highlight a 13-rebound, five-block effort.

    Reaching the regional final for the first time since 1987, the Tigers face the Longhorns for the first since 2000, when LSU claimed a 72-67 victory in the second round of the NCAAs. Overall, Texas holds an 18-10 edge in the series.

    Rebounding from a first-round exit last season when neither Tucker or Aldridge were with the team, the Longhorns (30-6) have advanced to the "Elite Eight" for the first time since 2003. Texas went to secure the school's first trip to the Final Four, losing to eventual champion Syracuse in the national semifinal.

    Tucker and Aldridge helped make up for their previous absence, combining for 41 points and 27 rebounds in the win over West Virginia. However, it might not have been if not for the buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Kenton Paulino that followed a shot from the arc by Kevin Pittsnogle with five seconds left.


    School Info

    Conference SEC Big 12
    Nickname Tigers Longhorns
    Type Public Public


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