You have to hand it to LSU, despite all the distractions this season, the Tigers keep finding ways to win big basketball games.

The best could be yet to come as LSU prepares for the 2019 SEC Tournament in Nashville as the league’s No. 1 seed. The Tigers have a double bye in the tournament, meaning they won’t have to take the court until Friday and that additional time off should benefit the team in more ways than one.

All-SEC Freshman selection Naz Reid missed the program’s regular-season finale against Vanderbilt due to injury but according to interim head coach Tony Benford, the big man will be ready when the team takes the court in Nashville.

“Naz is good to go. He’s got fresh legs. He was good today,” Benford said on Tuesday.

Of course, one player the team is still waiting for is freshman Javonte Smart. Following LSU’s indefinite suspension of head coach Will Wade, Smart was also sat for the Vanderbilt game. According to Benford, the team hopes to have a resolution on the freshman’s status very soon.

“I don’t know, hopefully by tomorrow or Thursday we’ll have something,” Benford said when asked about Smart.

Benford did note that Smart is practicing with the team in anticipation for the SEC Tournament.