Missouri Tigers guard Phil Pressey (1) goes for a shot over Vanderbilt Commodores guard Dai-Jon Parker (24) and forward Sheldon Jeter (21) during the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 81-59. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) -- The road has not been kind to Frank Haith's Missouri Tigers (15-4, 4-2 SEC) this season. Three of their four losses have come on the road. That should end as the SEC's fourth ranked team takes on the SEC's last place team tonight in Baton Rouge. But last place or not, LSU is 9-1 at home, and it would be a huge mistake for Missouri to overlook them.
The Tigers have won three of their last four games with their one loss being a blowout loss at Florida. Missouri is 0-3 on the road this season and have played three of their last four games at home.
As a team Missouri is averaging 75.6 points, 13.8 assists, and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.3 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.6 percent.
Laurence Bowers and his 16.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds has been out, but is expected to return tonight. Phil Pressey is averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 assists, Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, and Earnest Ross is averaging 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Missouri is a top flight team with Bowers on the floor but they will need to prove they can win on the road.
The LSU Tigers are alone in last place in the SEC losers of five of their six conference games. LSU is 9-2 at home this season, 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 152nd ranked schedule in the country.
As a team LSU is averaging 71.9 points, 14.6 assists, and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points, 10.5 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent.
Shavon Coleman is averaging 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, Anthony Hickey is averaging 11.9 points, and Johnny O'Bryant III is averaging 11.7 points and 8.1 rebounds. LSU appears to just not have enough to compete in the SEC on a nightly basis this year.