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LSU Men Vault Up Rankings

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 8:40pm

The LSU men's basketball team won the SEC regular season championship outright Saturday afternoon, and Monday, just three weeks after being unranked, the Tigers are on the verge of a spot in the top 10.

LSU is number 11 in the new coaches' poll and number 12 in the Associated Press rankings.

Also Monday, Trent Johnson was named a finalist for the Jim Phelan Coach of the Year award. He's one of ten men up for the honor.

Plus, Marcus Thornton is the latest Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. He scored 32 points in LSU's win over Florida on Fat Tuesday, and then put in 23 points as the Tigers Beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena Saturday. That was LSU's first win in Lexington in two decades.

Next up, the Tigers play their home finale Wednesday against Vanderbilt.