Tennessee 74, LSU 69: Baffling Night In Baton Rouge
For one brief shining moment, LSU was on the NCAA bubble.
After getting huge wins over Mississippi State and Alabama on the floor of the PMAC and going on a four-game winning streak that included their first road win in SEC play against a bad South Carolina team, LSU was in conversation for the last first round bye in the upcoming SEC Tournament.
That is, until they failed to show up Saturday in Oxford against an Ole Miss squad they destroyed by 26 in Baton Rouge, where it seemed they forgot to bring the same type of play that propelled them to four straight victories and got blown out by 24, dropping them to 7-7 in the SEC and behind Alabama and Tennessee in the standings.
On Wednesday night, which was senior night for Chris Bass, Storm Warren, and Malcolm White, LSU roared off to a solid start, capitalized by a Justin Hamilton buzzer beater to give the Tigers an 11-point lead going into the locker room over Tennessee.
Then, in almost Rick Stansbury-like fashion, the Bayou Bengals let their foots off the pedal, unable to stop freshman phenom Jarnell Stokes and in the process get outscored 50-34 in the second half and overtime period.
With the loss, LSU has all but eliminated any thought of them getting a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament, dropping them to 6th behind Alabama and Tennesse meaning that if the season ended today, they would face Georgia in the 1st round.
The only thing they could play for on Saturday is a chance to finish .500 in conference play against a tough Auburn team that has lost three straight, including Wednesday's showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Game time is at 2:00 p.m. CST.