LSU picked up its third straight win Wednesday night, beating South Carolina at home 64-58, but the Tigers did so without the services of two freshmen - guard Jalyn Patterson and center Elbert Robinson III.
An LSU spokesman said prior to the game that Patterson, who's playing an average of 20.1 minutes a game, is "banged up" following a fall during Saturday's overtime win at Vanderbilt while Robinson, who hasn't played since the SEC opener at Missouri, is sick.
Head coach Johnny Jones confirmed as much following the victory.
"Jalyn got bumped up pretty good in the Vanderbilt game," explained Jones. "Elbert has been ill the last few days. He hasn't been on the floor or able to practice. He's been sick."
When asked if he expected Patterson back for Saturday's road date at Mississippi State, Jones was non-committal, simply saying, "I'm not sure. We'll have a chance to visit with the doctors here shortly to learn more."
Patterson has become an integral part of the Tigers' rotation, topping 10 points in four of the team's first six conference games while averaging 1.8 made threes over the same span.
Minus Patterson, fellow freshman Aaron Epps was forced into more duty. Epps logged seven minutes and grabbed two rebounds for the Tigers.
Another byproduct of Patterson's absence was that Jones decided to go primarily to a 2-3 zone defensively. According to sophomore guard Tim Quarterman that ultimately saved LSU's legs for late in the game, when the short-handed Tigers put away South Carolina.
Quarterman spoke to that notion, and how LSU fared playing without Patterson, in the video below.
Patterson, Robinson sit out versus Gamecocks
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