It was the toughest of losses on Saturday, but Will Wade and the Tigers must put it behind them … fast.

The Tigers are looking at the most important three-game stretch of their season, starting with Mississippi State, Auburn and No. 5 Kentucky.

Mississippi State: 16-5, 4-4

Auburn: 15-6, 4-4

Kentucky: 18-3, 7-1

The Tigers are a projected 5-seed from ESPN, but this ever so important slate can make or break where they want to see their name on Selection Sunday.

On Wednesday, LSU turns its focus to Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State for a battle inside Humphrey Coliseum.

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