The LSU Tigers’ basketball team struggled pretty mightily throughout the 2015-16 season, despite having arguably the best freshman player in the country and a potential future number NBA Draft pick in Ben Simmons. They finished their season with an embarrassing loss to Texas A&M in the SEC semifinals.
Now it looks like the Tigers, who were likely going to be selected to the NIT after not getting picked for the NCAA Tournament, have officially ended their season. The school announced on Sunday evening that they would not play in the postseason this year.
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“We will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season. We fell short of the mark of getting to the NCAA Tournament; I take full responsibility for this team, and will do the things necessary to make sure we are able to reach one of our main goals at LSU in the future,” LSU head coach Johnny Jones told the team’s official website.
The Tigers were going to be without senior guard Keith Hornsby, who had season-ending surgery on Tuesday, and freshman Antonio Blakeney had been playing under the weather the last few games of the SEC Tournament.
You also have to believe that Simmons’s academic eligibility, which has been in question all year long, played a big factor in Tigers’ decision to not continue their season.
Now the question is who will be taking their spot in the NIT, which would have been revealed later on tonight.
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