For the 31st and final time in the 2021-22 regular season, LSU will close out its regular season at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against Alabama with an eye toward Southeastern Conference Tournament seeding.
With it being the final home game, fans are invited to come early for Senior Tribute ceremonies honoring Xavier Pinson and Darius Day which will be held pregame at 10:40 a.m.
The game will be carried by CBS Sports and broadcast locally by 98.1-FM.
LSU (20-10) enters the game in a three-way tie for eighth at 8-9 with Texas A&M and Mississippi State, who play in the final game of the evening at 7:30 p.m. A win over Alabama and losses by Florida (to Kentucky) and South Carolina (to Auburn) will see five teams (including the A&M-Mississippi State winner) in a tie for the fifth seed.
If all that happens and then A&M wins, LSU would have the tiebreaker for the fifth seed. If Mississippi State wins and there is a five-way tie, LSU would be the sixth seed. An Alabama win could knock LSU into the 8-9 game in the second round on Thursday in Tampa at the site of the tournament.
LSU’s coming off a difficult 77-76 loss at Arkansas on Wednesday. The Razorbacks made two late free throws that were the difference, while lost 87-71 at home to Texas A&M.
For Pinson and Days, it will be the end of four years of college basketball. Pinson played three years at Missouri before transferring to LSU for his senior season. Pinson missed several games after an MCL sprain and he has helped LSU begin to get their identity back in the last few games.
Days, the first four-year player recruited to LSU Will Wade, will leave LSU with his name all over the LSU record book including, points, rebounds, steals and three-pointers made. Also, he has been part of 87 wins in his four years and if the NCAA Tournament had not been paused in 2020, Days would have joined the rare group of players that had appeared for the Tigers in four NCAA events.