De-fense! LSU basketball group anticipating to ratchet things adult opposite Missouri

Based on a approach their past dual opponents shot a ball, members of a LSU men’s basketball group didn’t need a book to know what use was going to be like when they went behind to work Saturday.

“Defense, defense, defense, defense,” LSU indicate ensure Skylar Mays pronounced Tuesday before pausing. “A lot of defense.”

In a initial 10 games this season, in that it got off to an 8-2 start, LSU hold any of a opponents underneath 50.0 percent field-goal shooting.

That altered dramatically in back-to-back waste to Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Those dual went furious in attack 16 baskets any from 3-point operation on a approach to sharpened 59.4 and 53.4 percent from a building while scoring 110 and 96 points, respectively.

So as Mays forked out, invulnerability was a indicate of importance in use sessions heading adult to LSU’s second Southeastern Conference matchup during 8 p.m. Wednesday opposite Missouri in Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.

LSU (8-4, 0-1 Southeasternn Conference) competence get a mangle Wednesday night.

Missouri (5-7, 0-0) ranked 13th in a joining in scoring with 70.4 points per diversion and was final in field-goal commission (39.7) and 3-point field-goal commission (27.2) going into Tuesday night’s four-game joining slate.

Missouri also hoists usually 20.8 shots per diversion from over a 3-point arc after Wake Forest and Vanderbilt total to let 58 long-range shots fly.

At a same time, Missouri has been unequivocally good defensively, permitting only 66.2 points per diversion and ranking second in a joining in all margin goals (38.3 percent) and third in 3-point field-goal invulnerability (29.3 percent).

LSU hasn’t played given a 96-89 reversal to Vanderbilt in a SEC opener Thursday. The Tigers rallied from a 16-point first-half necessity and embellished it to one, afterwards trailed by 20 in a second half before chipping divided and slicing it to 4 points late.

LSU still mislaid notwithstanding removal 17 shots from 3-point operation to tie a propagandize record.

“I suspicion a group did a good pursuit battling behind from deficits a other night, though unfortunately we couldn’t finish off a basketball game,” manager Johnny Jones pronounced Tuesday. “Unfortunately, we gave adult some 3s to a unequivocally good 3-point sharpened team.”

It was a same story opposite Wake Forest on Dec. 22, that resulted in a 34-point detriment after LSU went to a locker room during halftime down five.

So it was behind to what Jones and his staff have been priesthood after a unsatisfactory deteriorate a year ago: Defense.

“We have been operative on transition invulnerability mainly, gripping guys in front of us and assisting a help,” Mays said. “We have to know that we still have close-out responsibilities on a 3-ball. We have to be means to get down and ensure and tighten a lanes.”

In a Vanderbilt loss, LSU committed 18 turnovers that a Commodores converted into 30 points — many of them on 3-point shots on a other end.

“It’s been mental lapses and giving adult additional plays, not removing a 50-50 ball,” Mays added. “We only know we have to urge on all those aspects.”

Guard Antonio Blakeney agreed.

“We really have to request some vigour and get to a shooter,” he said. “We have to be closer to them and be means to tighten them out.”

“I’m not certain how many teams we’ll play that have that many people that can widen a building and fire a 3 like they did a other night,” Jones said. “Last year, we had some deficiencies on a defensive finish of a floor, and those are areas we constantly have to purify up.

“But it’s all not deficiencies, either,” he said. “I consider infrequently a guys have to know rotations, a gait that we have to get there, and force a guys to be drivers instead of stand-still shooters.”

A discerning look

WHAT: LSU during Missouri

WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

TV: SEC Network

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7

UP NEXT: vs. Mississippi State

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (SEC Network)


• LSU will be seeking a magnitude of punish for a 74-67 overtime detriment during Missouri in a SEC opener for both teams dual years ago.

• Despite restraining a propagandize record with 17 3-pointers opposite Vanderbilt, LSU is sharpened a healthy 52.2 percent from inside a arc this season.

• The dual teams have played one common opponent: North Carolina Central. LSU won 70-66, while Missouri was upended by NCCU 62-52.

Probable lineups

LSU (8-4, 0-1 SEC)


Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Rebs.

G Skylar Mays 6-4 Fr. 5.4 4.0*

G Antonio Blakeney 6-4 So. 17.0 5.0

G Brandon Sampson 6-5 So. 12.1 3.1

F Aaron Epps 6-10 Jr. 6.0 4.4

F Duop Reath 6-10 Jr. 14.2 5.8

Key reserves

Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Rebs.

G Jalyn Patterson 6-1 Jr. 5.3 3.3*

G Branden Jenkins 6-4 Jr. 5.0 2.0*

F Wayde Sims 6-6 Fr. 5.4 3.0

* assists

Missouri (5-7, 0-0 SEC)


Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Rebs.

G Terrence Phillips 5-11 So. 7.9 4.2*

G Jordan Geist 6-2 So. 5.8 3.3

F Jordan Barnett 6-7 Jr. 7.3 6.7

F Kevin Puryear 6-7 So. 12.5 6.6

F Russell Woods 6-8 Sr. 7.6 5.3

Key reserves

Pos. Name Ht. Cl. Pts. Rebs.

G Frankie Hughes 6-4 Fr. 11.8 2.8

G Cullen VanLeer 6-4 So. 6.6 2.1*

C K.J. Walton 6-3 So. 6.8 2.8

* assists

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