Why LSU Has Missed Jalyn Patterson

The Tigers have been without freshman guard Jalyn Patterson for the last two games, throwing the rotation and backcourt production for a loop. Junior Keith Hornsby explains why a healthy Patterson makes such a big difference.

It's been no secret to anybody that's watched LSU play the past two games without Jalyn Patterson that the Tigers are a bit out of sorts minus the freshman guard from Georgia.

The numbers are only a part of it.

For the season Patterson, who's played in 19 total games, is averaging 5.4 points in 20.1 minutes a contest while shooting 42.0% from the floor and 37.5% from beyond the arc.

Consider that in SEC play he's upped his production across the board. In six league ballgames Patterson is averaging 9.2 points in 25.3 minutes a game while shooting 46.3% overall and 39.3% from deep.

Taking his numbers off the table in the past week, for what is thought to be a concussion suffered at Vanderbilt Jan. 24, has impacted the Tigers' backcourt in a number of ways, primarily in that the rotation has had to expand to include seldom-used players like Aaron Epps and Brian Bridgewater, both on their first tours of duty in the SEC as well.

According to junior guard Keith Hornsby, Patterson's absence is felt on both ends of the floor.

"He's been shooting the ball so incredibly well during SEC play, so he gives another threat out there. He's been consistent," said Hornsby. "His defensive effort is great. He's probably one of the best defenders on the team.

"We just miss his composure, even though he's a freshman he seems like a seasoned veteran out there."

Head coach Johnny Jones gave indication on Tuesday that Patterson has rejoined the team at practice and is thought to be a go for LSU's home date with Auburn Thursday night.

Click on the video below for a lot more from Hornsby, including what happened in the team's loss in Starkville Saturday and how the Tigers are looking to right the ship with three consecutive home games on the docket.


And here's even more content from Tuesday's round of player interviews, including Jordan Mickey updating his right ankle and status for Thursday's game as well as Aaron Epps discussing his play amid increased playing time lately.

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