COLUMBIA, Mo. – The LSU men's basketball team makes its first-ever appearance at the Mizzou Arena here Saturday afternoon as the LSU Tigers face the Missouri Tigers in the second meeting between the two teams this year.
The game is set to tip at just after 3 p.m. as the second half of the Saturday doubleheader on the SEC Network (Stations in Louisiana: Alexandria – KLAX-DT2; Baton Rouge – WAFB; Lafayette – KADN; Monroe – KARD; New Orleans – WUPL; Shreveport – KMSS). The radio broadcast will be on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.
LSU is 17-9, 8-7 in the league and coming off a 65-60 win at home over the University of Arkansas on Wednesday, while Missouri upped its record to 20-8 and 9-6 in the league with their 90-68 win at South Carolina on Thursday night.
Missouri, which is 15-0 at home, followed up an overtime loss at Kentucky last Saturday by shooting 69.6 percent for the game (32-of-46) from the field, while making 6-of-9 from the arc and 20-of-26 from the line. Keion Bell led Missouri with 24 points, while Jabari Brown had 23 and Alex Oriakhi 18.
LSU has won 8-of-11 after starting 0-4 in the league and one of those wins was the Maravich Center when Missouri was ranked 17th in the national polls. LSU was a 73-70 winner as Johnny O'Bryant III had 14 points and 11 rebounds while Anthony Hickey scored 20 and Andre Stringer 18. LSU had a consistent shooting night, making 56 percent in the first half and 55 percent in the second half. Phil Pressey led Mizzou with 25 points and five assists.
Against the Razorbacks on Wednesday, LSU shot well in the first half and opened up a 22-point advantage, but made just five field goals in the second half. The Tiger defense was just as stingy as Arkansas shot just 31 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Charles Carmouche had his second straight 20-point game with 26, while Hickey scored 10.
This is the first of two straight road games for LSU as the Tigers will travel to College Station, Texas on Wednesday to face Texas A&M, before closing out the regular season on March 9 at home against Ole Miss.