The hype is real.
Look at that stat line! Ben Simmons’ 43 pts tonight are the most by an LSU player since Shaq also scored 43 in 1991. pic.twitter.com/tCFJySQmuN
— ESPN (@espn) December 3, 2015
The effort was all-important for Simmons, who – owing to the huge expectation placed on him – was starting to draw criticisms from the American media.