Missouri struggled from the field on Saturday in an 86-80 loss to LSU.
Missouri shot just 37% from the field. LSU shot 51%. That was the difference. LSU was a better offensive team than Missouri on Saturday.
It was a difficult game to watch with all of the fouls. The game was constantly being stopped.
LSU collapsed on Jeremiah Tilmon to try to make somebody else beat them, and it caused all kinds of problems. Tilmon turned the ball over three times and was just 1-for-3 from the field. With all of the progress we saw from Tilmon early in the season, this game was a huge step back for him.
Xavier Pinson tried to drive to the basket but wasn’t able to get past his defender in many cases and was throwing up terrible shots. Pinson was 3-for-12 on the day.
It wasn’t just Xavier Pinson taking bad shots. Almost every Missouri player was making bad shot decisions.
One of the most frustrating Missouri players is Mark Smith. He starts every game and plays around 30 minutes, and I’m not sure why. Torrance Watson came off the bench and hit consecutive three-point shots. Should he get more playing time in place of Mark Smith?
The loss drops Missouri to .500 in conference play and the middle of the SEC. A season with such a promising start has turned into a very disappointing finish. But there are still two parts of the season left: conference tournament and NCAA tournament.