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Men’s Basketball Closes Out Regular Season at LSU

Curt Lewis

Missouri (8-22, 0-17 SEC) at LSU (16-14, 8-9 SEC)
Game Details Saturday, March 9 • 7:30 p.m. • Baton Rouge, La. • Pete Maravich Assembly Center
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University of Missouri men’s basketball is set for its final game of the 2023-24 regular season, traveling to face LSU on Saturday night. Tipoff in Baton Rouge is at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network.

• Missouri is 8-22 during the 2023-24 season with a 0-17 record in SEC action.
• The Tigers fell to No. 13 Auburn on Tuesday, 101-74, with Sean East II leading MU with 21 points – his sixth-straight game of 20-plus points.
• Overall, East leads the Tigers with 17.6 points and 4.1 assists per game.
• Four Tigers are scoring in double figures as Tamar Bates (13.6), Nick Honor (11.1) and Noah Carter (10.7) follow East’s lead.
• Carter also leads all active Tigers with 4.8 boards.
• The Tigers are averaging 72.3 points and allowing 76.3 points per game.

• LSU is currently tied for seventh in the SEC with an 8-9 record and is 16-14 overall.
• The Tigers have won four of their last six games but are coming off a 94-83 setback at Arkansas on Wednesday.
• Jalen Cook leads LSU with 15.6 points, while Jordan Wright is second with 15.2 points to go with a team-best 5.1 rebounds.
• Trae Hannibal has a team-best 3.0 assists.
• The Tigers scored 76.6 points per game, while surrendering 74.7.

• LSU has had the better of the series with Mizzou, posting an 11-4 advantage over MU.
• While LSU also owns a 6-1 record in Baton Rouge against MU, Mizzou claimed its first victory at LSU last season with an 81-76 victory.
• MU trailed by as many as 19 before outscoring LSU, 47-29, in the second half en route to the win.
• Overall, MU swept two games last year, ending LSU’s eight-game winning streak in the series.

• With just one game remaining for each school in the SEC schedule, the Tigers can face one of three schools in the SEC Tournament First Round.
• While Mizzou is locked in to the No. 14 seed, MU can face either Ole Miss, Georgia or Arkansas.
• If Georgia wins and Ole Miss loses on Saturday, the Tigers will face the Rebels in the first round.
• If Arkansas wins and Georgia loses, Mizzou will face the Razorbacks for a third time this season.
• All other scenarios will result in the Tigers playing Georgia on Wednesday.

• Since returning from an injury, Sean East II has been at his best over the last six games.
• East has averaged 25.0 points and 4.0 assists since missing two contests with a knee injury.
• The guard is shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 8.7 made free throws during the run.
• Overall, East’s 150 points since returning from injury are the most by any Tiger in a six-game run since Jabari Brown tallied 155 points from Jan. 16, 2014 to Feb. 1, 2014.

• Sean East II has made reaching the 20-point threshold quite the habit this year.
• After scoring 20 points twice in 90 career games before the year, East has reached the mark 13 times in 2023-24 – the most by a Tiger since Jabari Brown (19) and Jordan Clarkson (14) in 2013-14.
• In addition, East is the first Tiger to score at least 20 points in six-straight games since Brown in 2014. The last Mizzou player with a longer streak was Doug Smith in 1990-91 (nine games).

• Overall, Sean East II is enjoying one of the best seasons in years by a Tiger.
• East is currently ranked fifth in the SEC in scoring (17.6) and sixth in assists (4.0).
• East’s 17.6 points per game are the most by a Tiger since Jabari Brown (19.9) in 2013-14.
• With at least two games remaining, East needs six points and 11 assists to become the first Tiger in 30 years (and just third ever) with 500 points and 125 assists in a single season (Melvin Booker in 1993-94 and Anthony Peeler in 1989-90).

• The strong season for Sean East II has highlighted his development as a Tiger.
• Sean East II has increased his scoring by 10.3 – most in the SEC, sixth most in the Power 6 and most by a Tiger since 1976-77.

• Aidan Shaw is hoping to become that fifth option after a strong week of play for Mizzou.
• In his last two games, Shaw is averaging 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds – easily surpassing his season averages of 3.7 points and 3.9 boards.
• Shaw has matched his career high with nine rebounds in each of the last two games, while scoring at least seven in back-to-back games for just the second time in his career.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics