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March 2, 2013

Tip Time Preview: Tigers vs Tigers

LSU Tigers at Missouri Tigers
Saturday, March 2nd 2013 - 3:00 P.M. Central
TV: SEC Network / RADIO: Tiger Radio Network
Missouri Tigers (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
Streak:Won 1
Last Game: Beat South Carolina 90-68
G Phil Pressey (SEC best 7.07 assists per game) JR 5-11 175
G Keion Bell (15.2 ppg, 59% FG in SEC play) SR 6-4 200
G Jabari Brown (Team-high 14.5 ppg, 47 three-pointers) SO 6-5 205
F Laurence Bowers (2nd on team in points, rebounds, blocks) SR 6-8 227
F Alex Oriakhi (Nine double-doubles, 66.3% FG in SEC play) SR 6-9 255

LSU Tigers (17-9, 8-7 SEC)
Streak: Won 2
Last Game: Beat Arkansas 65-60
GAnthony Hickey (20 pts, 4 assts last time vs Mizzou) SO 5-11 182
G Andre Stringer (18 pts, 4-5 three-pointers last time vs Mizzou) JR 5-9 178
G Charles Carmouche (Career-high 26 pts last game vs Arkansas) SR 6-4 187
F Johnny O'Bryant III (Team-high 13.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg) SO 6-9 262
F Andrew Del Piero (2 blocks, 2 steals in 17 mins vs Arkansas) SR 7-2 257

Win in the Middle

LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III is one of the league's few big men who can match up physically with Alex Oriakhi. O'Bryant posted a double-double against the Tigers in Baton Rouge while Oriakhi had one point and three rebounds and 16 foul-ridden minutes. Oriakhi has been playing very well of late for the Tigers and he'll have to do so again on Saturday.
Balance for Pressey

Phil Pressey took 24 shots in the overtime loss at Kentucky. He did not take one at South Carolina. Somewhere in there is a happy medium. Missouri won't often need Pressey to take the most shots on the team, but against good competition, he has to at least be a threat to score. An ideal line for Pressey is probably six to eight shot attempts and ten assists. If he can hit those numbers consistently, the Tigers can be a very good team.
On the Attack

Missouri played its best offensive game of the season at South Carolina. The Tigers took just nine three-pointers (making six) and took 37 shots inside the arc. That resulted in a ridiculous 69.6% clip from the field and 26 trips to the free throw line. LSU is more daunting inside than the Gamecocks, but the recipe for Missouri's success does not change. This is not a great shooting team. The Tigers need to get their work done in the paint and on drives, which will free up good looks from the outside for Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross.

Frank Haith on his team's offensive approach

"We get 46 points in the paint. Your percentages are going to be better if you get paint points. That's our key, that's who we are. We won the rebounding game, we got to the free-throw line, I think if you're being aggressive, those numbers should be improved."
Keion Bell on the South Carolina game

"We played really well offensively, about as well as you can play. All our guys were knocking down shots and Phil did a great job of finding us in transition for a lot of easy baskets. When we're all making shots, it makes the game a lot easier."

Missouri 80-66

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