Tide vs. LSU Thin In Tourney History

The last time that Alabama met LSU in the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament was March 8, 1987, and the stakes were high. It was the championship game of the tournament and the Crimson Tide of Coach Wimp Sanderson took the title with a 69-62 win.

Alabama and LSU have played in the SEC Tournament seven times with Bama holding a 5-2 advantage. The teams go against each other again at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. central time) Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The winner will advance to Friday's quarterfinals game against Kentucky.

The Tide and Tigers played only once in regular season play, Bama taking an 82-80 win in Tuscaloosa. Bama is 13-18 overall and was 7-11 in conference play. LSU is 18-12, including 9-9 in the SEC.

Alabama has an overall record of 61-47 in SEC Tournament play. The Tide's .565 winning percentage in the tournament ranks second among SEC schools. Anyone who knows the shape of a basketball knows that Kentucky has dominated both regular season and tournament play.

In fact, Alabama has a winning tournament record against eight SEC teams, is even with two, and has not played two. The Tide has a losing record to only Kentucky (albeit a substantial deficit, 13-2). In addition to its 5-2 record against LSU, Bama is 1-1 against Arkansas, 7-2 vs. Auburn, 7-6 vs. Florida, 6-4 vs. Georgia, 5-2 vs. Ole Miss, 6-3 vs. Mississippi State, 4-2 vs. South Carolina, 10-5 vs. Tennessee, and 4-4 vs. Vanderbilt.

The Tide has not played in the SEC Tournament against either Missouri or Texas A&M.

Since the SEC Tournament was restarted in 1979, Alabama is 45-30 in the event, the second best record.

Bama ranks second in championship game appearances (13) and tournament titles (6).

Alabama has advanced to the semifinals 23 times.

This is the first time since 2011 the tournament has been held at the Georgia Dome. Alabama is 10-9 all-time in this venue.

Alabama has an all-time record of 103-68 vs. LSU. Bama has won seven of the last nine games and 12 of the last 16. Alabama Coach Anthony Grant has a record of 7-2 against the Tigers.

Trevor Releford, the only senior scholarshipped player on the Alabama roster, has been the Crimson Tide leader. The All-SEC guard ranks fifth on Bama's all-time scoring list with 1,862 career points. He is eight points from passing Buck Johnson to move into fourth place in Bama career scoring. He needs 38 points to become the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,900 point plateau.

Releford has been the leading Tide scorer in 19 games this year. He has had a dozen 20-point games.

He leads Alabama in scoring (18.8 points per game), assists (3.1), steals (66), field goals (185), field goal attempts (366), three-point field goals (71), three-point attempts (179), three-point percentage (.397), free throws made (122), and free throw percentage (.847).

Releford is the SEC's active leader in career points and steals and is second in assists. He has 1,862 points, a school record 260 steals, and 392 assits. (Florida's Scottie Wilbekin leads the league with 297 career assists.)

He is the only player in school history to record at least 1,000 points, 300 assists, and 200 steals in his career.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant has 99 career victories at Alabama.

Eddie Phillips, a Bama star from 1979 through 1982, will be honored prior to tipoff as one of the SEC Legends.

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