After hanging with Alabama on Saturday for much of the afternoon, LSU dropped the game 81-66 to fall to 1-4 in SEC play. It was also another time that LSU continued to move pieces around to try and find a group that gels for the team to have the best chance at success.
LSU ran with another different starting lineup of Jalyn Patterson, Antonio Blakeney, Brandon Jenkins, Aaron Epps and Duop Reath. LSU coach Johnny Jones said on Monday that changing things up on a young team doesn't affect the team as much as some would think.
“You talk about a 40 minute game, there’s a lot of different combinations that you’ll see out on the floor. Addressing the starters is more about how we’re getting started in the game," Jones said. "When you have a young team like we do we unfortunately at this point in the year we are still trying to get it figure it out with some of these guys.”
The Tigers don't know yet if they'll be without sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney, who went down with an ankle injury with a minute left against Alabama. Blakeney will be evaluated on Monday and Tuesday after taking practice off on Monday before a final decision will be made for the game against Auburn.
“The game is going to be played and you’re going to have injuries. You have to make sure you’re focused," the fifth-year head coach said. "You can’t sit there and worry too much about injuries. You've got to get on to the next thing and you’re hopeful that everybody is healthy enough and ready to play."
Players like Kieran Hayward, Brandon Sampson, Patterson and Mays were players Jones mentioned as having to step up with Mays and Patterson potentially seeing the floor together.
Jones said the Tigers are looking forward to building off Saturday's effort against the Crimson Tide.
“I think when you look at the game the other day against a good Alabama team, we played those guys a certain way. They wound up hitting a few key shots and unfortunately turned us over at a bad time. Those areas you can clean up. I think you can point to those things as being the difference in a game. When you’re able to point to certain things that may have caused us to have a setback, it’s a lot easier for guys to understand that those are issues that we have to address, to have an opportunity to move forward."
The Tigers tipoff against Auburn on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.