By LARRY VAUGHT
LSU coach Will Wade thought the key to beating Missouri would be limiting how many 3-point shots the Tigers made.
Well, that didn’t work out that well as Missouri made 12 of 21 3’s but only seven of 17 free throws in a 64-63 loss to LSU that snapped Missouri’s five-game winning streak.
“We outrebounded Missouri. That was only the third time we have outrebounded a team in conference play,” said Wade. “Missouri is a fantastic team. They can really shoot the ball and they are very physical on defense. They rotate and play very well defensively together. But what makes them dangerous is how they shoot the ball.”
Jordan Barnett was 6-for-8 from 3-point range for Missouri against LSU. Wade also said that Kassius Robertson was a “very good player” along with Jontay Porter.
“You love the way they shoot the ball and the way they defend,” Wade said. “If they shoot well and guard like they usually do, they have a chance in any game.”
Missouri already has a win over Kentucky going into Saturday night’s game in Rupp Arena. Both teams are 8-7 in SEC play and tied for third place in the league.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported Thursday that 6-10 freshman Michael Porter Jr., who has been out most of the season after undergoing back surgery, had been cleared to return to practice. If true, that means he might be able to play — at least in a limited role — against Kentucky.
Porter came into the season ranked as the nation’s No. 1 or No. 2 freshman and is still projected as a high lottery pick even though he’s been injured most of the season.
Porter’s father is a Missouri assistant coach and his brother, Jontay, is a freshman starter for the Tigers.