Javonte Smart #0 of the LSU Tigers shoots the ball against the Florida Gators during the Quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
With coach Will Wade not on the sidelines, top-seeded LSU was handed a 76-73 defeat by Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament when the Gators' Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with one second left.
Wade was suspended by the university for refusing to speak with officials about a report alleging he was caught by a FBI wiretap discussing a payment arrangement with a recruit. Guard Javonte Smart, believed to be the player in question, was cleared to play for ninth-ranked LSU after school officials said he cooperated fully in the inquiry.
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