On the strength of his historic triple-double in Saturday’s 73-63 victory over Ole Miss, LSU guard Tim Quarterman was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
A 6-foot-6 sophomore, Quarterman became the third player in LSU men’s basketball history to post a triple-double when he came through with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the huge win.
Quarterman added his name to an elite list that includes Pete Maravich and Shaquille O’Neal. Maravich had one triple-double and O’Neal had six — the last coming 23 years ago on March 19, 1992, in an NCAA tournament win against BYU.
It was the first triple-double by an SEC player since 2012.
Quarterman also had a pair of blocks and a steal while holding Ole Miss’ high-scoring guard Stefan Moody to just three made field goals. Quarterman committed one turnover in 38 minutes while running the Tigers’ up-tempo offense at point guard.
In two games last week, including an 84-61 blowout of Auburn last Tuesday night, Quarterman averaged 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
Quarterman, who injured his left ankle in Friday’s practice, was 9-of-18 on field goals and 8-of-10 on free throws in the wins over Auburn and Ole Miss.
Quarterman is the first LSU player to be honored as SEC Player of the Week since Johnny O’Bryant III in February 2014.
Later Monday, Quarterman was also named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s men’s player of the week.
Despite limping off the court late in Saturday’s game after taking a fall on his tender ankle, Quarterman said he’ll be ready to go Wednesday night when LSU plays its home finale against Tennessee.
Quarterman said he received treatment after the game as well as on Sunday and Monday, and the ankle was getting better.
“With all that treatment, it can’t help but get better,” Quarterman said. “We’re working on it every day. But I’m going to play … unless it’s broken, or I can’t walk at all. Coach (Johnny Jones) knows that.”
In his updated bracket Monday, CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm had LSU playing No. 9 Oklahoma State in the West regional in Pittsburgh, while ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the 10th-seeded Tigers facing No. 7 seed Virginia Commonwealth in the South regional in Omaha.
LSU has a 4-4 record against top-50 RPI teams and is 11-5 against teams in the top 100.
Jones will hold his final Tipoff Luncheon on Tuesday in the Bon Temps Buffet at the L’Auberge Resort with Jim Hawthorne as guest speaker.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon, which costs $14.99 per person. The buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. with a question-and-answer session to begin about 12:10 p.m.
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