Antonio Blakeney (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Game Preview: LSU vs. Missouri

Tiger Blitz previews LSU's road SEC matchup against Missouri at 8 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 4 at 8 p.m. CT
WHERE: Mizzou Arena (Columbia, Mo.)
TV/RADIO: SEC Network/Tiger Sports Radio Network

Tiger Trends

The Tigers set a school Maravich Center record and tied the overall school mark for three-pointers with 17 in the loss to Vanderbilt, matching a mark set in the 2003 season. But Vandy hit 16 threes and was able to get double points on LSU’s 15 turnovers, going 30-18 in points off turnovers. Antonio Blakeney for the third time this season will be looking to try to string three 20-plus point games together as he had 24 points in the game against Vanderbilt. Brandon Sampson hit four treys in scoring 12 points while Skylar Mays and Jalyn Patterson had 11 points each. Wayde Sims came into the game in the second half with the Tigers down 20 and scored four three-point baskets and had 14 points. Mays, Patterson and Branden Jenkins, who made his debut after preseason knee surgery combined for 27 points, 12 assists and no turnovers in their minutes of play which includes time when Patterson moved in with Mays or Jenkins at the two guard.

Scouting Missouri

Missouri has lost four straight games and is coming off a home loss to Lipscomb. The Tigers, who have also lost at home to North Carolina Central and Eastern Illinois this season, have struggled offensively this season, shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 27.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. Both figures rank as the worst among 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference. Kevin Puryear and Frankie Hughes, who comes off the bench, lead Missouri in points averaging 12 and 11 respectively. They're the only Tigers in double-digits on the year.

Projected Starters for Missouri:
G Terrence Phillips
G Jordan Geist
F Jordan Barnett
F Kevin Puryear
F Russell Woods

Projected Starters for LSU:
G Skylar Mays
G Antonio Blakeney
G Brandon Sampson
F Aaron Epps
C Duop Reath

Key to the Game

Start fast. Missouri is terrible and the Tigers need to come out swinging after the loss to Vanderbilt. LSU talked a lot about defense (again) after the Vandy game and how they need to step up. Losing Craig Victor cannot mean completely shutting down this season. LSU is in need of a fast start to get Mizzou down and out early. There's not much to be confident about if you're Missouri and even though LSU was favored going into its SEC opener against Vanderbilt, the Tigers really need to take care of business tonight against...the Tigers.


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