Missouri-LSU basketball preview
01/20/2014 3:37 PM
01/20/2014 10:49 PM
6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
• TV/RADI O:
ESPNU; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSOURI (14-3, 2-2 SEC) :
It’s would be asking a lot for Missouri to duplicate its defensive effort from the second half Saturday, when the Tigers limited Alabama to 17 points. Still, Missouri knows that it must hang its hat on defense. The Tigers’ offense has shot below 40 percent in three of four conference games, putting a greater premium on rebounds and stopping the opponents’ scorers. Missouri has had mixed results, but coach Frank Haith’s squad managed to contain Alabama’s Trevor Releford. Of course, the challenge is different against LSU, which relies more on its bigs for offensive production.
• ABOUT LSU (11-5, 2-2 SEC):
Haith called LSU’s frontline “probably the most talented in our league.” Most of LSU’s scoring comes from junior Johnny O’Bryant, who was a first-team all-conference pick by the coaches last season. Meanwhile, LSU averages 6.3 blocks per game, led by 6-foot-8 freshman forward Jordan Mickey, who swats 3.6 shots per game. LSU ranks 10th in the nation, averaging 9.4 steals per game, led by junior Anthony Hickey (2.31).
• BOTTOM LINE:
Missouri, which goes to the free-throw line more than 27 times per game and averages almost 20 made free throws, must continue to play aggressively on offense and go at LSU’s shot blockers. Missouri has made as many free throws than LSU has attempted this season. LSU hasn’t been a great defensive rebounding team either, so Missouri needs to crash hard in search of second-chance points.
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