Ben Simmons and the Tigers latest loss could end Tourney hopes
The LSU Tigers 16-12 (9-6) have been squarely on the NCAA Tournament ‘bubble’ for the past few weeks, and after losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks 14-14 (7-8) last night, by a 20-point margin, 85-65, their bubble hopes have all but diminished.
LSU’s tournament hopes have been a hot topic recently, as Ben Simmons the projected No.1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, could miss the tourney in his one and only college season. While it would be a shame that college basketball fans would miss out on watching a talent like his play, his team has not performed up to those standards of a worthy tournament team. In our latest episode of the My Fantasy Podcast, we discussed Simmons and the Tigers chances of making the field of 68.
The Razorbacks outscored the Tigers 32-0 in bench points, showing that depth is a major concern for LSU if they somehow can turn around their current slide. The Tigers have lost three straight, and four of their last five, including losses to non-tournament teams like Alabama and Tennessee.
“I just know we’re not playing at the level, and executing at the level we need to, to play against good basketball teams right now,” Tigers coach Johnny Jones said. “… We’re not at that level right now that would give us an opportunity to be successful in gut-wrenching games like this.”
Many of LSU’s woes on Tuesday could be traced to the defensive end, where the Tigers allowed Arkansas to shoot 63.3 percent (19 of 30) in the second half on the way to avenging a 76-74 loss in Baton Rouge on Jan. 16.
LSU hosts Florida on Saturday, in a crucial game between two SEC bubble teams. With a victory and a decent conference tournament run, the Tigers could change the tide of their season.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/ben-simmons-and-the-tigers-latest-loss-could-end-tourney-hopes/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/a-38.jpg?fit=850%2C560&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/a-38.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NCAABRecent PostsSECBen Simmons,LSU TigersThe LSU Tigers 16-12 (9-6) have been squarely on the NCAA Tournament 'bubble' for the past few weeks, and after losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks 14-14 (7-8) last night, by a 20-point margin, 85-65, their bubble hopes have all but diminished. LSU's tournament hopes have been a hot topic recently, as...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk