Will Wade: Preliminary report on LSU guard Xavier Pinson's injury is 'best-case scenario'

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE – A preliminary report on LSU basketball guard Xavier Pinson’s gruesome-looking knee injury was positive, Tigers coach Will Wade said Saturday night.

Pinson was hurt while dribbling to the basket in the final few minutes of No. 21 LSU’s 79-67 win over No. 18 Tennessee at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

His left leg slid and his right leg appeared to buckle under him before Pinson went down to the floor for a few minutes.

“It appears to be just a knee sprain,” Wade said. “Best-case scenario for us. There doesn’t appear to be any damage with the ACL or MCL.

“We’ve got get it scanned again (Sunday), but it appears it was the best-case scenario, it will be a matter of days to a week with him, which would be fantastic.”

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Pinson, a transfer from Missouri averaging 11.0 points and 4.1 assists, had nine points and seven assists before being helped off the floor.

LSU Tigers guard Xavier Pinson (1) lays on the court with an injury sustained late in Saturday's win over Tennessee.

That ended his streak of six straight games scoring in double figures.

LSU led 71-63 with 3:28 to go when Pinson was injured.

Tennessee cut the lead to five with a Santiago Vescovi 3-pointer 28 seconds later, but LSU pulled away down the stretch after hearing what Wade had to say as Pinson was tended to.

“The message,” Wade said, “was, look, ‘X’ would want us to win.”