Already missing head coach Will Wade to suspension and Javonte Smart due to “precaution,” the No. 10 LSU basketball team will also be without starting forward Naz Reid, an LSU official told Tiger Rag.
Reid will miss the game due to “injuries sustained at the end of the Florida game,” according to the official.
Reid took a shot to the face from Andrew Nembhard during the overtime period of LSU’s 79-78 victory against Florida.
The official said Reid should be fine to go for the Tigers’ opening game in the SEC Tournament on Friday at noon on Nashville, Tenn.
Reid is averaging 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the seaon and 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in SEC play.
LSU will play for the outright SEC regular season championship when it takes on Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. in the PMAC.
With Reid and Smart missing from action, the Tigers will have to utilize some of their bench, and it may go further than Marshall Graves, who saw action with Tremont Waters out against Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Former LSU pitcher and sophomore guard Will Reese has been LSU’s ninth man throughout the season, coming in late in games when the Tigers have things in hand.
He may figure to see some more important minutes as the Tigers try to clinch a sole regular-season title.
Due to Auburn’s 84-80 victory against Tennessee earlier in the day, LSU has already clinched at least a share of the SEC title. If the Tigers lose, they will share a title with the Volunteers and Kentucky, who beat Florida earlier today.