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LSU players rake in All-SEC honors from Websites

LSU forwards Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin were named Monday as first-team selections on the All-SEC team picked by Scout.com, while Mickey was also a first-team pick of Collegehoopsdaily.com.

Mickey was named player of the year by collegehoopsdaily.com and was chosen 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 also chosen as the league’s top sixth man by Collegehoopsdaily.com because he’s started only 38 percent of LSU’s games.

LSU women’s RPI now at No. 56; latest bracketology

With one week to go before selection Monday for the NCAA women’s tournament, the LSU Lady Tigers’ RPI has inched up again.

LSU rose one notch to No. 56 in Monday’s official RPI rankings. The Lady Tigers (17-13) were No. 58 after beating Texas A&M 71-65 in Friday’s SEC tournament quarterfinals and No. 57 even after losing 74-54 in Saturday’s semifinals to South Carolina.

LSU’s modest climb is likely attributed to the fact that it played four games this season against South Carolina and Tennessee, which met in Sunday’s SEC tournament final (South Carolina won 62-46).

Tennessee is now No. 2 in RPI and South Carolina is No. 3, so strength of schedule of your opponents plays a factor.

In Monday’s projections, ESPN women’s basketball analyst Charlie Creme continues to show LSU holding on the No. 10 seed line. He has the Lady Tigers meeting No. 7 Rutgers in an Oklahoma City Regional first-round game in Waco, Texas.

The NCAA women’s tournament field will be announced at 6 p.m. March 16 on ESPN.

LSU guard Hornsby shares LSWA Player of the Week Award

LSU guard Keith Hornsby, who sank a 3-point basket from the corner as the buzzer sounded for a huge 81-78 upset of No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday, was named co-winner of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Award on Monday.

In hitting the game-winner against Arkansas, Hornsby scored 13 points. Coupled with his career-high 25-point performance in a loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night, he averaged 19.0 points a game. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists in the two games.

Hornsby shared the award with Southeastern Louisiana’s Cedric Jenkins, who averaged 29.3 points a game in three outings last week, including tying SLU’s Division I scoring record with 39 points against New Orleans.

LSU still No. 10 seed on NCAA bracket of ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi

The LSU men’s basketball team remained on the No. 10 line of ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi that was updated Monday morning.

But Lunardi now has LSU going against seventh-seeded Oregon in the Midwest region in Omaha, Nebraska.

On Sunday, after LSU’s upset of Arkansas, Lunardi had the Tigers playing against No. 7 Iowa in the East region at Omaha.

There was no update Monday morning 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.

LSU coach Johnny Jones says Mickey ‘should be available’ for SEC tournament

UPDATE: After saying earlier in the day he “was not yet sure” about forward Jordan Mickey’s availability for the Southeastern Conference tournament this week, LSU coach Johnny Jones said during a news conference Monday afternoon his star forward “should be available” for the tournament.

Mickey injured his left shoulder in the second half of last Wednesday night’s loss to Tennessee and was held out of Saturday’s upset win at Arkansas despite taking part in pregame stretch and warm-ups.

“I think he should be available for us this weekend, especially by Friday,” Jones said. “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.”

Fourth-seeded LSU will play either Texas A&M, Mississippi State or Auburn in its SEC tournament opener around 2:30 p.m. Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

LSU coach Johnny Jones said Monday morning he’s “not sure yet” about the availability of sophomore forward Jordan Mickey for the Southeastern Conference tournament this week.

Mickey warmed up with his teammates, but was held out of Saturday’s 81-78 upset of No. 18 Arkansas because of a left shoulder injury that he suffered in the second half of last Wednesday night’s game with Tennessee.

“We’re not sure yet,” Jones said when asked about Mickey on an SEC coaches teleconference. “He’ll probably be a little bit limited today in practice, and hopefully, he’ll get better as the week progresses.”

After the game, Jones said he was hopeful Mickey, who is averaging 16.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, would be able to return to the Tigers’ lineup for the SEC tournament.

LSU doesn’t play until Friday after earning a double-bye as the tournament’s  No. 4 seed, which gives them an extra day for Mickey to get ready.

“We’re looking forward (to the double-bye), so we’ll bring him along slowly,” Jones said. “We’re fortunate that we don’t play until Friday, and hopefully, by then he’ll be able to make a huge impact for us.”

LSU to be No. 4 seed for SEC tournament

In case you missed it when it was finalized late Saturday night, here is the complete schedule for the SEC tournament that begins Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee:

SEC MEN’S TOURNAMENT

At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

All games Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on SEC Network

Seeds: 1, Kentucky. 2, Arkansas. 3, Georgia. 4, LSU. 5, Texas A&M. 6, Ole Miss. 7, Vanderbilt. 8, Florida. 9, Alabama. 10, Tennessee. 11, South Carolina. 12, Mississippi State. 13, Auburn. 14, Missouri.

WEDNESDAY

Game 1: Mississippi State (13-18) vs. Auburn (12-19), 6 p.m.

Game 2: South Carolina (15-15) vs. Missouri (9-22), after Game 1

THURSDAY

Game 3: Florida (15-16) vs. Alabama (18-13), noon

Game 4: Texas A&M (20-10) vs. Game 1 winner, after Game 3

Game 5: Vanderbilt (19-12) vs. Tennessee (15-14), 6 p.m.

Game 6: Ole Miss (20-11) vs. Game 2 winner, after Game 5

FRIDAY

Game 7: Kentucky (31-0) vs. Game 3 winner, noon

Game 8: LSU (22-9) vs. Game 4 winner, after Game 7

Game 9: Arkansas (24-7) vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 10: Georgia (20-10) vs. Game 6 winner, after Game 9

SATURDAY

Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, noon (ESPN)

Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, after Game 11 (ESPN)

SUNDAY

Semifinal winners, noon (ESPN)

LSU men get nice bump in RPI after upset at Arkansas

With a much-needed road upset of 18th-ranked Arkansas on Saturday, the LSU men’s basketball team moved back into the top 50 when the RPI lists were updated Sunday morning.

LSU, which completed the regular season with a 81-78 victory over Arkansas on Keith Hornsby’s 3-point shot at the buzzer, moved up to 48th in the NCAA.com, ESPN.com and CBSSports.com RPI.

Going into Saturday’s play, LSU was 53rd on the ESPN.com list and 55th on both the NCAA.com and CBSSports.com rankings.

As a result, ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi now has LSU back on his board as a No. 10 seed after dropping the Tigers to an 11 seed following their upset loss to Tennessee last Wednesday night.

Lunardi has LSU in the East region facing seventh-seeded Iowa at Omaha, Nebraska.

It’s interesting to note also that Lunardi, who has had six Southeastern Conference teams making the 68-team field for several weeks, now has five getting in with LSU being joined by Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Lunardi dropped Texas A&M out after the Aggies lost to Alabama at home on Saturday.

LSU is also a 10 seed on the bracket of CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm. He has the Tigers in the Midwest region taking on No. 7 seed Wichita State in Louisville, Kentucky.

LSU (22-9, 11-7 SEC) earned the fourth seed and double-bye for the SEC tournament that begins Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tigers will play on Friday, about 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Kentucky game that starts at noon, against either Texas A&M. Mississippi State or Auburn.

Despite big loss, LSU women’s RPI climbs again

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A lopsided 74-54 loss to South Carolina on Saturday may have eliminated the LSU Lady Tigers from the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament, but the game actually enhanced LSU’s RPI.

The Lady Tigers (17-13) moved up one spot from No. 58 to No. 57 in the official NCAA RPI released Sunday. LSU moved up 12 spots Saturday after Friday’s 71-65 quarterfinal win over Texas A&M.

Meanwhile, ESPN women’s basketball analyst Charlie Creme bumped LSU up a seed line to No. 10. He has the Lady Tigers in the Greensboro Regional, playing No. 7 Rutgers in Tallahassee, Florida.

LSU lost at home to Rutgers 64-57 on Nov. 22, so it’s questionable whether the NCAA selection committee would break one of its principles and set up a rematch in the first round.

The matchup is not likely to happen regardless. But finding itself more securely in Creme’s “bracketology” even after a loss is significant for the Lady Tigers, who didn’t look like an NCAA tournament team back when they played Rutgers.

One last note: Creme added Tulane to the bracket as one of his “Last Four In.” He has also has the Green Wave in the Greensboro Regional as the No . 12 seed, taking on No. 5 George Washington in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The NCAA field of 64 will be announced at 6 p.m. March 16 on ESPN.

LSU men earn No. 4 seed for SEC tournament

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Thanks in part to an 81-78 upset win over Arkansas on Saturday, the LSU basketball team will be seeded fourth for the Southeastern Conference tournament that begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

LSU had to wait about seven hours after its stunning victory over Arkansas to learn it would have the No. 4 seed and the double-bye that goes with it when Ole Miss dropped an 86-77 decision to Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

LSU, which got a buzzer-beating 3-point shot from Keith Hornsby to shock 18th-ranked Arkansas, gets a pass into the quarterfinal round on Friday.

The Tigers will meet the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 5 seed Texas A&M and the survivor of the tournament opener between 12th-seeded Mississippi State and No. 13 Auburn on Wednesday night.

LSU will take the floor on Friday about 25 minutes after top-seeded Kentucky, which finished the regular season 18-0, opens quarterfinal play at noon.

Georgia and LSU both won on Saturday, the final day of the regular season, while Texas A&M and Ole Miss lost. All four finished 11-7 in league play.

In a tie-breaker based on the winning percentage among all teams involved, Georgia, which was 3-1 against the other three, emerged with the No. 3 seed and LSU (3-2) took the fourth spot. Texas A&M (2-2) got the fifth seed and Ole Miss (1-4) fell to sixth after having a shot to secure the third seed.

If Kentucky and LSU both advance through the quarterfinals, they would meet in the semifinals at noon Saturday. It would be a rematch of their Feb. 10 battle in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, which Kentucky won 71-69.

LSU could be fourth or sixth seed for SEC tournament

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Pending the outcome of the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt game Saturday night, the LSU basketball team will be the fourth or sixth seed in the Southeastern Conference tournament that starts Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

If Ole Miss defeats Vanderbilt in the regular-season finale, the Rebels would claim the No. 3 seed and Texas A&M would win a three-team tie-breaker over LSU and Georgia for the fourth seed. The tie-breaker is based on the winning percentage among all teams involved.

If Ole Miss loses, it would fall to 11-7 and create a four-way logjam for third place in the final standings with LSU, which got a buzzer-beating 3-point shot from Keith Hornsby to upset 18th-ranked Arkansas 81-78 Saturday afternoon, as well as Texas A&M and Georgia.

In that scenario, based on a better winning percentage against the other teams it’s tied with, Georgia would get the three seed, LSU would be the No. 4 seed, A&M would be fifth and Ole Miss sixth.

The fourth seed is important because the top four teams in the final standings earn double-byes into the tournament quarterfinals and wouldn’t have to play until Friday afternoon.

Kentucky, which finished the conference season 18-0, will be the No. 1 seed, while Arkansas (13-5) will be second.