Missouri at LSU
Craig Victor II
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.
▪ TV/RADIO: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)
▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (10-19, 3-13 SEC): Relegated to a spoiler role, coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers can deal a potentially fatal blow to LSU’s hopes for an NCAA Tournament appearance with an upset. Think it’s impossible? Missouri stopped coach Johnny Jones’ Tigers in overtime during the SEC opener at Mizzou Arena last season. Sophomore Tramaine Isabell has scored a career-high 17 points in back-to-back games and might be in line for another start if freshman guard Cullen VanLeer remains limited by a left shoulder injury.
▪ ABOUT LSU (17-12, 10-6 SEC): Ben Simmons, who averages team highs of 11.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in addition to his scoring, is the Tigers’ catalyst, but there’s plenty of other talent on Jones’ roster. Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney dropped 32 points against the Gators in a potentially season-salvaging 96-91 win. LSU had lost three straight games (vs. Alabama, and at Tennessee and Arkansas) before knocking off Florida on Saturday in a free throw-filled shootout. Simmons scored 22 with 11 rebounds and five assists. Keith Hornsby, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Oak Hill Academy by way of North Carolina-Asheville, has missed the last two games with a hernia and could out for the remainder of the season. He was LSU’s second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game.