LSU star Angel Reese has not played in last 4 games after being benched on Nov 14
Reese has not traveled or played with the team since Kent State game
Coach Mulkey has offered little explanation, citing vague "locker room issues"
Mulkey said protecting players is a priority amidst mystery around absence
Reese posted cryptic Instagram selfie from LSU arena on Nov 27, fueling return speculation
Tigers face big nationally televised game against #9 Virginia Tech on Nov 30
LSU has kept winning without Reese, but her return could provide major boost
All eyes on LSU arena this Thursday to see if Reese returns to play Virginia Tech