LSU basketball coach Will Wade updates injury status of Darius Days and Xavier Pinson

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

LSU basketball likely be without a usual starter for its next SEC game, but another may be available.

Injured point guard Xavier Pinson is doubtful and forward Darius Days is probable when No. 16 LSU (15-3, 3-3) visits No. 25 Tennessee (12-3, 3-3) on Saturday (5 p.m. CT, ESPN) at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tigers coach Will Wade indicated Friday.

"X (Pinson) is making really, really good progress," Wade said. "He was moving well (Friday). I don't think he's quite ready to play (Saturday), so he'll probably be out.

"But I think Days will be a game-time decision. I'd say there's a better chance than not, though, that he'll play."

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Days, the Tigers' leading rebounder with 7.3 rebounds per game and No. 2 scorer at 13.5 points per game, sprained an ankle after coming down on the foot of Alabama's Keon Ellis late in the first half of LSU's 70-67 road loss to the Crimson Tide on Wednesday night. Days had five points and two rebounds in 12 minutes prior to the injury.

Pinson sustained a gruesome-looking knee injury the last time LSU and Tennessee played on Jan. 8.

LSU's Darius Days (4) hustles back up the floor after making a back against Florida earlier this month in Gainesville.

He was hurt while dribbling to the basket in the final few minutes of LSU’s 79-67 win over the Volunteers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. His left leg slid and his right leg appeared to buckle underneath him before Pinson went down to the floor for a few minutes. Wade said afterward it appeared to be just a knee sprain with no major ACL or MCL damage.

Pinson, a transfer from Missouri who is averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 4.6  assists per game, has missed three straight games, including a win at Florida and a home loss to Arkansas.

"Certainly we've had our challenges with some of the injuries and some of the things that happened, but we're gonna be better off for it in the long run," Wade said. "We're close to getting back healthy, I think. I think we're within, know you, hopefully a couple days to a week to having everybody back healthy …

"I'm very confident about our group. I like our group a lot. And when we have everybody we're gonna be in great shape."