LSU players, from left, Antonio Blakeney, Ben Simmons, and Tim Quarterman, walk down the court late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, March 11, 20
John Bazemore
March 13, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman Ben Simmons' college career could be finished.

Coach Johnny Jones announced Sunday that the Tigers will not participate in a postseason tournament after being left out of the NCAA field.

The Tigers (19-14) finished in a tie for third place in the Southeastern Conference for the second straight year. They failed to play up to expectations created by the arrival of Simmons, who might declare for the upcoming NBA draft.

Jones says LSU ''will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season.'' The coach says the Tigers fell short of their mark of getting to the NCAA Tournament and he takes full responsibility, adding he'll do what is necessary to ensure LSU accomplishes one of its main goals in the future.

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