The LSU men’s basketball team could be at full strength for Thursday night’s matchup with Auburn in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Forward Jordan Mickey, who twisted his right ankle in the second half of Saturday’s game with Mississippi State and was hobbled down the stretch in the Tigers’ 73-67 loss, said Tuesday he’ll be ready for the start of a three-game homestand Thursday.
LSU coach Johnny Jones said earlier Tuesday that reserve guard Jalyn Patterson, who missed the past two games with concussion symptoms, will be back for the Auburn game.
“My ankle’s doing a lot better, there’s hardly any pain in there,” said Mickey, who received treatment Sunday and Monday. “When I twisted it, I was in a little bit of pain. But I realized the position my team was in, and I realized I had to go back in and try to continue to play.”
Mickey, who was held out of a game earlier in the season with a left ankle injury, said he twisted his right ankle with about 11 minutes remaining in the game when he jumped to catch a pass and landed on someone’s foot.
He went to the bench briefly but returned and finished with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.
Jones said Patterson, who’s averaging 9.2 points a game in Southeastern Conference play, did some individual shooting work Monday with assistant head coach David Patrick and showed no ill effects. He was expected to increase his workload in Tuesday’s practice.
With his 25-point, 20-rebound performance against Mississippi State, Mickey became the seventh LSU player since the 1973-74 season to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
The last to do it was Jaime Lloreda, who had 30 points and 21 rebounds against McNeese State on Nov. 24, 2003.
The last LSU player to do it in conference play was Shaquille O’Neal, who scored 30 points and had 20 rebounds against Auburn on Feb. 22, 1992. O’Neal had five 20-20 games in his three-year career with the Tigers.
Three in a row
LSU will play three consecutive SEC home games for the first time since 1998 when the Tigers take on Auburn, Alabama and top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky in a six-day span starting Thursday.
LSU also played four in a row at home that year, which was John Brady’s first season. The Tigers lost all four to Georgia (61-52), No. 15 Arkansas (85-68), Tennessee (72-65) and eight-ranked Kentucky (63-61).
“If (Mickey and Jarell Martin) were to stay, with (signee) Ben Simmons, it would be exciting … to say the least.” — Jones, on what it would be like if Mickey and Martin bypass the NBA draft and return for their junior season.
Nearing a sellout
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, LSU had fewer than 800 tickets remaining for next Tuesday night’s matchup with Kentucky in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Tickets, which are in the upper level (300 sections), are available at www.LSUtix.net and at the LSU Athletic Ticket Office or by calling (800) 960-8587.