[AP Photo/Bill Feig]

Never wake a sleeping giant.

LSU got the news pregame that their star player would not be suiting up vs. Tennessee due to an ‘undisclosed illness.’ Ja’vonte Smart said no problem.

The freshman point guard from Baton Rouge put his talents on full display Saturday, posting 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals and most importantly, the two game-winning free throws with 0.6 seconds left in OT.

“He’s everything we’re about as a program. He’s from Louisiana. He loves LSU. There’s no doubt he’s making those two free throws,” said Wade postgame.

A fired up Wade also addressed the crowd after the game from a mic at half court, telling fans: “I want to thank everybody for coming today, this is awesome. Our team lays it on the line for Louisiana. It wasn’t the best circumstances today, but we found a way and that’s what we do it Louisiana!”

Key Stats
J. Smart: 29 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds

S. Mays: 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

K. Bigby-Williams: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist

In a losing effort, Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield torched the Tigers with 27 points, 9 rebounds and an assist. Grant Williams also had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Tennessee would end up shooting 44.8% from the field.

In front of a rowdy PMAC, Tennessee turned the ball over 14 times to LSU’s 7.

Next, the Tigers host Texas A&M on Tuesday for a 8 p.m. tip on ESPN2. With the win, LSU improves to 22-5 overall and 12-2 in conference play.