Alabama Takes On LSU In Baton Rouge

What is the secret for Alabama against LSU in basketball Saturday evening in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge? Maybe to get the game into overtime.

Alabama (14-8 overall, 4-5 in Southeastern Conference play) begins a stretch of three of its next four games being on the road when the Crimson Tide takes on LSU (16-6, 5-4) at 5 p.m. CST Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Alabama will begin a stretch where it will play three of the next four games away from home when the Tide travels to take on LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Bama holds an all-time lead of 113-79 in the series against the Tigers. Alabama and LSU have played in 10 overtime games in series history, with Alabama claiming victory in eight of those contests. The Tide and Tigers have played two triple overtime contests (2/10/90 & 2/23/13) and a quadruple overtime contest (2/12/72) – the only four-overtime game in Alabama history. Bama has played eight games that went to triple overtime or more and three of those have been against LSU.

LSU, however, has won three of the last five games over Alabama. The Tigers own a record of 45-28 when hosting the Tide in Baton Rouge.

This is the only game between Alabama and LSU this season. Alabama under Coach Anthony Grant has a 7-3 record against the Tigers, including a 2-2 record in Baton Rouge.

Grant said, “We’re looking forward to our game on Saturday. We’re at the halfway point of league play, nine games in. Watching (LSU) on film, I’m really impressed with their team. They’ve got size; they’ve got speed, rebounding, physicality. It’s a team that’s one of the highest scoring teams in our league. The challenge, again, for us will be from a defensive standpoint, trying to do a good job of limiting their opportunities in transition. Rebound the basketball. And offensively, they do a really good job of having their defense create offense. We have to execute. We’ve got to be able to take care of the basketball.”

Senior guard Levi Randolph leads Alabama in scoring (14.8 points per game), assists (2.3 per game), steals (1.5) and minutes (34.4). The Madison native ranks sixth in the SEC in free throw percentage (.817), eighth in steals, and ninth in scoring.

Senior guard Rodney Cooper is third on this year’s squad with 10.4 ppg and leads the squad in threes made (32), while ranking second in three-point shooting percentage (42.7 percent).

Cooper has had success when facing the LSU Tigers throughout his career. His career-high scoring total of 28 points came at LSU during his freshman season. In fact, his career best numbers in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (22), threes attempted (9), steals (5) and minutes played (42) have all come when facing LSU. In six career games against the Tigers, Cooper is averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 44 per cent from the floor (31-of-70).

Tthe Tide is outscoring the opposition by 4.8 points per game (67.6-62.8). Alabama is also averaging 7.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.


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