LSU loses by 27 in SEC tourney opener, Coach Jones may be fired soon




Baton Rouge (PPN) – The LSU (10-21) men’s basketball team ended their season on a bad note Wednesday night, losing by double digits. They lost 52-79 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-15). LSU was seeded No. 13 and has lost the last 17 of its final 18 games, including a school-record of 15 straight with head coach Johnny Jones.

“I don’t have any excuses really about what happened this year,” Jones said. “I’ve got the keys. I’m driving the bus, and it was a tough year for us.”

Skylar Mays led LSU with 13 points and Antonio Blakeney had 11.

The LSU alumni and former LSU assistant coach has been the head coach since April 13, 2012. After five seasons, his record is 90-72 but this last season was by far the worst.

The Tigers went 2-16 in the SEC. It was their worst conference record in 50 years. LSU men’s basketball team has only made one NCAA tournament appearance since¬†Jones has been in charge.

Rumors of Jones being fired are starting to spread but according the coach, he has no meeting scheduled with the members of LSU’s administration. The team returned to Baton Rouge Thursday morning from Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2014-15, Jones led LSU to the first round of March Madness but has not had any other success in postseason.

 

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