Report: LSU’s Keith Hornsby could miss the rest of the season

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As if Saturday didn’t go badly enough for LSU, it sounds like the Tigers will be without one of their leading scorers for the rest of the season.

Keith Hornsby has aggravated a sports hernia injury that cost him the first seven games of the season, according to a report from ESPN.com. Hornsby was injured in the first half of LSU’s loss at Tennessee on Saturday and did not return to the floor for the second half.

The 6-foot-4 Hornsby is the most consistent perimeter shooter that Johnny Jones has at his disposal. The former UNC Asheville guard is averaging 13.1 points this season and was shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.

LSU’s loss on Saturday did potentially irreparable damage to their NCAA tournament résumé, as we detailed here. Losing Hornsby for the rest of the year would certainly not help matters, as part of the reason their sluggish start to the season can be overlooked is that Hornsby was not on the floor for three of LSU’s bad losses.