After saying earlier in the day that he wasn’t yet sure about Jordan Mickey’s status for the Southeastern Conference tournament, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones said Monday afternoon that his star forward “should be available” to play.
Mickey injured his left shoulder in the second half of a loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night and was held out of Saturday’s game at Arkansas after taking part in pregame stretch and warmups.
Shortly after an 81-78 upset of then-No. 18 Arkansas without his second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, Jones said he was “hopeful” Mickey would be back in the lineup for the SEC tournament. The fourth-seeded Tigers have a double-bye and won’t play until the quarterfinals Friday around 2:30 p.m.
“I think he should be available for us this weekend, especially by Friday,” Jones said Monday afternoon. “That’s the good thing about having a double-bye. It should give him some additional days to get treatment, get rest and continue to heal his shoulder and get ready.”
On the SEC coaches teleconference earlier Monday, Jones said he wasn’t yet sure about Mickey’s availability. He said Mickey likely would be limited in Monday’s practice and will be brought along slowly during the week.
LSU will play Texas A&M, Mississippi State or Auburn in its opener at the SEC tournament, which begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Awards roll in
Mickey was named player of the year by CollegeHoopsDaily and was defensive player of the year by Scout, which named LSU sophomore guard Tim Quarterman its most improved player.
Guard Keith Hornsby was tabbed a second-team selection by Scout, while guard Jalyn Patterson was included on that site’s all-freshman team.
Quarterman was chosen as the league’s top sixth man by CollegeHoopsDaily because he has started only 38 percent of LSU’s games.
LSWA honors Hornsby
Hornsby, who sank a 3-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded to upset Arkansas on Saturday, was named co-winner of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s player of the week award Monday.
Hornsby finished with 13 points after scoring 25 points in a loss to Tennessee on Wednesday. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists in the two games to share the award with Southeastern guard Cedric Jenkins, who averaged 29.3 points in three games.
It’s a first
In the wild aftermath of Saturday’s huge upset, Hornsby said he couldn’t remember the last time he had a buzzer beater to win a basketball game — and 48 hours later, he still couldn’t come up with one.
Hornsby said Monday it certainly didn’t happen at UNC-Asheville, where he played his first two seasons, and he probably didn’t have one in high school, either.
“This might be the first one I’ve ever made, which is crazy if you think about all the games I’ve played,” he said.
Holding on at 10
The Tigers remained a No. 10 seed Monday on the updated NCAA tournament projections by ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi.
But Lunardi had a little bit of a twist from his Sunday update and had LSU going against No. 7 seed Oregon in the Midwest region in Omaha, Nebraska. After LSU’s upset of Arkansas, Lunardi had the Tigers playing against seventh-seeded Iowa in the East region.
There was no Monday update from CBSSports.com bracketologist Jerry Palm, who Sunday had LSU as a No. 10 seed playing seventh-seeded Wichita State in the Midwest region at Louisville, Kentucky.
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