March 19, 2019

Will Wade-less Tigers fall to Florida, 76-73, in SEC Tournament

17 March 2019, 09:24 | Anna Jefferson

AP Will Wade was suspended indefinitely last week and his status for the rest of the season remains unclear

Will Wade was suspended indefinitely last week and his status for the rest of the season remains unclear

Florida freshman guard Andrew Nembhard sunk a three-point jumper with one second remaning to take down the top-seeded LSU Tigers on Friday in Nashville in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. They face No. 5 seed Auburn in today's conference semifinals.

LSU's stay didn't last long in Music City.

LSU appeared to be in control of the game, however a controversial call on Naz Reid flipped the momentum and the score of the game. Johnson passed to fellow freshman Nembhard, who was open at the top of the arc for the victor. "We respect him. We just want to win it all if we can". I'm glad he hit it.

Maybe this is a bit premature, but the Championship Game just got a little easier for the Tennessee basketball team, if they are able to make a run. Will Reese threw the ball deep to Reid, but he couldn't catch it, and the buzzer sounded.

The two teams previously met on January 9, which was Arkansas' SEC home opener.

LSU was without their head coach Will Wade after being suspended because of cheating allegations brought to life by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wade also referenced "the Smart thing", which led to speculation about freshman guard Javonte Smart.

Auburn went 13 of 34 from 3-point range Saturday and broke the SEC record for 3-point baskets in a single season by increasing its total to 368.

Wade remains off the LSU sideline, as he has declined to meet with the school and NCAA until the federal government inquiry is complete. "Looking back I shouldn't got a T on it".

Sure, the Tigers are the SEC regular season conference champions, but they're without their head coach. I personally wasn't listening for it.

The Tigers have covered in four straight following a win, but is just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games. Jalen Hudson made a pair of free throws with 6:05 left to give Florida its first lead of the game at 58-57, setting up a frantic finish.

Reid led LSU with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Then Allen passed out to Nembhard at the top of the key for the winning 3. "Jared has done that so many times this season it just feels natural at this point".

In 27 previous SEC Tournaments, Arkansas is 26-26, won the 2000 championship, has reached seven finals and 14 semifinals. Smart was held out of the Tigers' win over Vanderbilt to end the regular season.

The Yahoo and ESPN reports detail a 2017 phone conversation between Wade and recently convicted former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that includes Wade openly speaking about a "strong-ass offer" he made in the recruitment of a player.

"I have nothing to do with that", Smart said. They went 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) in the first half outside the arc, a number made worse considering they shot more from the outside than inside the arc.

Auburn and Florida did their best to put on a good show with lots of shooting, and the Gators putting on a clinic in precision to keep pace with the Tigers' offense.

LSU: The Tigers will have a complaint about the discrepancy in foul calls with 24 on LSU compared to 10 for the Gators.

"I knew he was going to hit it", said the Gators' Keyontae Johnson. Johnson finished with 16, Hudson had 13, Allen scored 12 and Hayes had 11. "I think we've done enough work to deserve that". "We're not going to get any calls". Auburn beat Florida 76-62 at home on February 9 in their lone regular-season matchup.

LSU: Hoping for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA bracket.

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