Ben Simmons was supposed to take LSU to the promised land. He came to Baton Rouge with lots of hype and fanfare. He's the odds-on favorite to be taken with the top pick in June's NBA draft.
But it hasn't gone exactly as planned for Simmons and the Tigers. They are on the wrong side of the bubble, according to Joe Lunardi, entering Saturday's regular-season finale at Kentucky.
The Tigers (18-12, 11-6 SEC), however, can still earn a share of the SEC title with a win over the Wildcats and a Texas A&M loss to Vanderbilt.
We spoke to several coaches who have faced LSU about the reasons for the Tigers' struggles: