Antonio Blakeney (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Missouri-LSU Hoops Preview

Missouri (5-7, 0-0) hosts LSU (8-4, 0-1) in its Southeastern Conference opener on Wednesday night.

Missouri opens Southeastern Conference play by hosting LSU on Wednesday night.  

MISSOURI VS. LSU

When: 8 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena

TV: SEC Network

Projected starting lineups

Missouri (5-7, 0-0) 

G Terrence Phillips 7.9 ppg, 4.2 apg

G Jordan Geist 5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg

G Jordan Barnett 7.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg

F Kevin Puryear 12.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg

F Russell Woods 7.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg

LSU (8-4, 0-1) 

G Antonio Blakeney 17 ppg, 5.0 rpg 

G Brandon Sampson 12.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg 

G Skylar Mays 5.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg

F Aaron Epps 6 ppg, 4.4 rpg

C Duop Reath 14.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Duop Reath (Photo by USA TODAY SPORTS)

What to watch for: 

LSU leads the all-time series with Missouri, 4-2. The Tigers are 2-0 against LSU in Columbia. LSU beat Missouri 80-71 on March 1, 2016, in Baton Rouge.

Missouri has lost four straight games and is 4-4 at home, with losses to North Carolina Central, Arizona, Eastern Illinois and Lipscomb. 

Missouri coach Kim Anderson said freshman shooting guard Frankie Hughes is expected to play against LSU after sitting out the Tigers’ loss to Lipscomb last week. Hughes is averaging 11.8 points per game, which ranks second on the team, but he has struggled shooting the ball. Hughes is shooting 30.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point range.

Jordan Barnett and Jordan Geist made their first starts for Missouri against Lipscomb and were two of the bright spots in an 81-76 loss. Barnett had 15 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, while Geist scored a team-high 18 points. 

Missouri ranks last in the 14-team SEC in field goal percentage (39.7) and 3-point field percentage (27.2). LSU is second in the SEC in field goal percentage (47.5) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (36.5). 

LSU has lost back to back games against Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. LSU had five players score in double figures against Vanderbilt, led by Antonio Blakeney’s 24 points. LSU tied a school record with 17 3-pointers. 

Frankie Hughes (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

LINKS

Kim Anderson on SEC teleconference (premium)

Missouri loses to Lipscomb

Willie Jackson transferring from Mizzou

Rosetta: LSU needs to see what’s in cupboard

LSU dropped by Vanderbilt

TigerBlitz LSU-Missouri preview

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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