LSU guard Keith Hornsby reportedly reaggravated a lingering hernia injury in Saturday's 81-65 loss to Tennessee, and it is uncertain when he will be able to return to action.
Continue for updates.
Hornsby Comments on Injury
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Cody Worsham of Tiger Rag shared a Facebook post Hornsby made regarding his health:
Cody Worsham @CodyWorsham
Keith Hornsby posted an injury update on Facebook. Says the injury is "unpredictable" and he's "week to week." https://t.co/sImbjmkpAb2016-2-23 03:29:15
Jones Comments on Hornsby's Injury
Monday, Feb. 22
Head coach Johnny Jones said there is "no timetable" for Hornsby's return, per Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.
"We don't know," Jones said when asked if Hornsby could miss the season, per Zagoria. "There's a chance he could be out for the rest of the season."
LSU's Best Perimeter Shooter Could Be Done for Season
Monday, Feb. 22
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported the news Monday. Hornsby, a senior, missed the Tigers' first seven games with a hernia and has been playing through pain all season, according to the report.
Hornsby's Injury Could Cripple Tigers' Tournament Hopes
Hornsby is second behind Ben Simmons on the team with 13.1 points per game and is shooting a team-best 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The timing couldn't possibly be worse for LSU, which has dropped two straight games and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament. Losing to Tennessee was a particularly frustrating blow, as the Volunteers are a sub-.500 team playing without leading scorer Kevin Punter Jr.
Jones said the following Saturday, per Sheldon Mickles of the Advocate:
Winning is important to me, so that’s our preparation. We’ll always prepare; that’s what I get caught up in and focus on and (put) time and attention into. If you do that, you put yourself in a great spot. We were (8-6) at this time last year (in the SEC), and today we’re 9-5. We have a chance to do some good things; we’ve just got to make sure we try to win these games down the stretch that are in front of us.
LSU currently ranks 87th in RPI and is 199th in nonconference strength of schedule, per ESPN.com. It has four regular-season games remaining, including a critical March 5 matchup with Kentucky.
Losing Hornsby could be the blow that knocks the Tigers out of tournament contention for good. They already struggle to stretch the floor with their bricky starting lineup, and Hornsby is arguably their most irreplaceable player not named Simmons.
For now, their fingers will be crossed that Antonio Blakeney or Tim Quarterman can catch fire from deep and help make up for Hornsby's loss.