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Bubble Watch: LSU Basketball Misses Out Against Florida, NCAA Tournament Hopes Over

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The LSU Tigers are considered one of the college basketball teams on the very edge of the 2014 NCAA tournament bubble. Their last chance to jump back into the tournament discussion was to pull off a major upset over the No. 1 Florida Gators. Unfortunately, the Tigers never stood a chance as Florida controlled the game from opening tip and won the game 79-61.

LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III had 18 points and Jordan Mickey had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. However, Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith had the best game of his career as he scored 16 points, and Casey Prather was 6-7 from the field with 14 points. LSU played a good game, but Florida shot more than 50 percent from the field compared to LSU’s 38 percent en route to the Tigers’ season-crushing loss.

LSU’s only chance of making the 2014 NCAA tournament is winning the SEC tournament. Unfortunately, the SEC is too talented in the middle to let a team like LSU go to the finals to even attempt the upset. The Tigers are most likely going to fall in their second game of the SEC tournament and go to the NIT.

The good news for the Tigers is that a trip to the NIT isn’t the end of the world. LSU will return a large majority of their starters, barring them all deciding to ditch for the NBA or to play professionally abroad next season. LSU isn’t going away in the SEC any time soon.

Don’t sleep on the Tigers in the SEC tournament, and more importantly, don’t sleep on LSU next season.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.