LSU basketball fans may have been at least a little nervous when Duop Reath came up gimpy in Saturday’s huge win over Arkansas, but the Tigers’ best shooter should be available for their next game.
Speaking on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference Monday, Will Wade said Reath, who injured his left ankle in a first-half collision with Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford, should be good to go for Wednesday night’s game at Florida.
Guard Brandon Rachal, who didn’t dress for the Arkansas game because of an ankle problem, may return for the Florida game as well. Wade said Saturday that Rachal rolled his ankle three plays into Thursday’s practice.
“Both seem to be progressing,” Wade said. “I think they’ll both be available Wednesday. Neither one of them have any swelling right now, so they should be good to go.”
Wade said at his regular news conference Monday afternoon that Reath didn’t participate in practice, but believes he'll be able to play against the Gators.
Reath played as long as he could against Arkansas, but wound up logging just 19 minutes — which was a combination of the injury and foul trouble.
Following a dreadful showing at Tennessee on Wednesday night, Will Wade called out his guards Friday.
The 6-foot-11 forward finally left the game with 1:45 to play with just five points and five rebounds.
Reath ranks second on the LSU team in scoring 14.0 points per game and is also second in rebounding with 5.5 a game. He’s the team’s best shooter and is second in the SEC in hitting 56.6 percent from the field.
Rachal, who was suspended with forward Wayde Sims for last Wednesday’s game at Tennessee for violating team policies, returned to practice Monday.
Reserve guard Marshall Graves, however, popped his shoulder out of place in practice and will miss a couple of days, Wade said.
With Saturday's win, LSU (13-9, 4-6 SEC) is in a six-way logjam for eighth place in the league race. Wade’s team visits Florida (15-8, 6-4) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be televised on the SEC Network.
When LSU buried a season-high 15 3-point shots in its 94-86 victory over Arkansas, the Tigers also established a school record for 3-point differential in a single game.
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LSU finished with 12 more 3-point baskets than Arkansas, which broke the previous school record of plus-11 on shots from beyond the arc. That came against Grambling in 2008 (13-2).
Saturday was the fourth time in school history the Tigers had at least 15 3-point makes in a game.
Waters’ big day
LSU freshman Tremont Waters’ produced his second 20-point, 10-assist game against Arkansas when he poured in 27 points and handed out 11 assists.
Waters also had 20 points and 10 assists in a victory over UNC Wilmington back on Dec. 10.
According to the SEC Network, Waters and former Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis are the only players in the last two decades to produce more than one 20 and 10 game in a season.
Macklin to speak
Former LSU All-American Rudy Macklin, one of only three Tigers to have their number retired, will be the guest speaker for the Will Wade Tipoff Luncheon on Tuesday at the L'Auberge Hotel and Casino.
The luncheons, which are held in the Bon Temps Buffet at the back of the casino area, are open to the public. Lunch, which costs $14.95 per person, begins at 11:30 a.m.