LSU announced it will not participate in any postseason tournaments after the team didn’t get a bid in the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
“We will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said in a release on Sunday. “We fell short of the mark of getting to the NCAA Tournament; I take full responsibility for this team, and will do the things necessary to make sure we are able to reach one of our main goals at LSU in the future.”
The Tigers were a likely addition to the NIT field after missing out on the 68-team NCAA tournament, but the season instead ended with an embarrassing 71-38 loss to Texas A&M in the SEC tournament on Saturday.
By passing on an alternate postseason tournament, it also likely marks the end of the collegiate career of Ben Simmons. The 6-foot-10 Australian-native is considered a favorite to be the No. 1 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Jones said that injuries sustained by senior Keith Hornsby and freshman Antonio Blakeney also “factored into” the team’s decision not to participate in the postseason.
LSU began the season at No. 21 in the AP Top 25 poll, but struggled through its non-conference slate with losses to North Carolina State, Marquette, Charleston and Wake Forest. The Tigers finished the season 19-14 with an 11-7 record in conference play.