What Davonte Davis did after losing a tooth in Arkansas men's basketball's win over LSU

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Davonte Davis was supposed to meet with media Monday to talk about Arkansas basketball's upcoming game against South Carolina. He was absent, but it was for good reason: a dentist appointment.

Davis knocked out one of his front teeth falling from the rim in Arkansas' upset win at No. 12 LSU on Saturday. He missed a dunk, softened his fall by clinging to the rim, but fell face-first onto the court. His tooth could be seen bouncing on the floor before he grabbed it himself.

He handed the tooth off to head athletic trainer Matt Townsend, then came back into the game. He finished with seven points, eight rebounds and three assists in Arkansas' 65-58 win.

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"I asked him that question: 'How did you, when you fell, you decided that your face was going to be the first thing that hit the floor?' " interim coach Keith Smart said Monday. "He said, ‘I didn’t want to take all of the brunt of the fall with my wrists.’ How do you think that in the middle of a fall like that, a tumble like that? That’s what he was thinking, that I’ll just take this with my face and brace myself. He’s a competitor; he wants to play."

By Sunday, Davis' gap was fixed courtesy of Dr. Michael Curry at Arkansas Periodontal & Implant Associates. Smart wasn't sure if Davis had gotten a brand new tooth or if the one he rescued from the court was put back.

Davis' dental work is the latest in a string of medical issues and procedures for Arkansas. Kamani Johnson suffered a leg injury in his first start against Missouri and missed the LSU game with his foot in a boot. Smart said he's unsure whether Johnson will be available for Tuesday's home game against South Carolina.

Coach Eric Musselman had shoulder surgery last Thursday after an injury suffered in practice in December. Musselman is expected back for Saturday's home game against Texas A&M.

Jaylin Williams has been playing hurt, too. His ankle has been bothering him and limiting him some in practice, but Williams hasn't missed any playing time. He's a much-needed piece for Arkansas on the glass and has had double-doubles in each of Arkansas' past three games.

Christina Long covers the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can email her at clong@swtimes.com or follow her on Twitter @christinalong00.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: What Devo Davis did after losing a tooth in Arkansas' win over LSU

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