LSU will not participate in the postseason this year, the school announced on Sunday.
The NCAA tournament field was announced on Sunday night, and the 19–14 Tigers did not hear their name called. The school finished 11–7 in conference play, and fell to Texas A&M 71–38 in the SEC tournament semifinals.
The Tigers were a potential NIT team.
“We will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “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.”
The decision likely marks the end of freshman Ben Simmons’s college career. He is a projected top-five pick in this year’s NBA draft. He has not made a declaration for the draft.
– Kenny Ducey