CHALK TALK: LSU at Alabama

Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide in a key early-SEC season showdown.



LSU (11-4, 1-0 SEC)

Projected starters

G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 38 steals)

G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 26-70 3pt. FG)

G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (11.5 ppg, 23-27 FT, 20-49 3-pt. FG)

F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 21 steals)

C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 49-64 FT)

Key reserves

F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

G-F Jalen Courtney 6-9, 228, So. (3.2 ppg. 1.8 rpg, 9-21 3-pt. FG)

G Chris Bass 6-1, 180, Sr. (2.1 ppg. 26 assists, 16 steals)

G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (3.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

Coach: Trent Johnson (60-53, fourth season; 219-174, 13th season)


Alabama (12-3, 1-0 SEC)

Projected starters

G Trevor Lacey 6-3, 200, Fr. (7.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg)

G Trevor Releford 6-0, 190, So. (12.3 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.3 apg)

G Levi Randolph 6-5, 185, Fr. (6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

F Tony Mitchell 6-6, 220, Jr. (15.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

F Nick Jacobs 6-8, 250, Fr. (5.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

Key reserves

F JaMychael Green 6-8, 240, Sr. (14.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

G Andrew Steele 6-4, 230, Jr. (9 ppg, 2.5 rog,2 apg)

G Rodney Cooper 6-6, 205, Fr. (4.3 ppg, 3 rpg)

Coach: Anthony Grant (54-30, third season)  


Up next

The Tigers make a second consecutive road trip when they head to Arkansas on Saturday for an 8 p.m. tipoff.


Of note

  • Alabama leads the series 100-66 and has rattled off four straight victories. LSU didn’t crack 50 points in three of those losses. The Tigers have lost their seven games at Coleman Coliseum.
  • Justin Hamilton was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

    Like LSU, defense is the Crimson Tide’s specialty. Both teams have held 11 opponents to under 60 points and both have won 10 of those games.
  • Hamilton’s 23-point, 16-rebound outburst against Ole Miss was the first 20/15 game for a Tiger since Tasmin Mitchell produced 24 points and 18 boards against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 14, 2009.
  • Hickey has made at least two 3-pointers in seven games this season and he matched a season-high with four treys against Ole Miss. He also logged 7 assists vs. the Rebels to match his season-best.
  • Isaac is just 3-for-21 from the floor in the last four games and has missed all six 3-pointers he has launched.
  • Hamilton has attempted 11 or more floor shots in each of the last four games and is shooting 58% (29-of-50) in that span.
  • During a rugged pre-conference schedule, Alabama notched two wins against teams from the ACC (Maryland, Georgia Tech) and one each vs. teams from the Big Ten (Purdue) and Big 12 Conference (Oklahoma State). The Tide also dropped game to Georgetown and Kansas State.
  • Bama has won its last four games by an average of 18.5 points after sufferings its only double-digit loss of the season, 71-58 at K-State.
  • The Tide has been hot at the free-throw line, hitting 26-of-31 in wins against Georgia Tech and Georgia.
  • Steele returned to action against Tech on Jan. 3 after missing the first 13 games still revering from a concussion he suffered at last year’s SEC Tournament. The younger brother of former Alabama guard Ronald Steele, Andrew has scored 9 points in each of two games he has played in.
  • Green missed two games with a bad shoulder and hasn’t started the last two games. The senior forward has scored 1,469 career points and has grabbed 805 rebounds – both rank in the top 16 Tide history.
  • Four freshmen have started games for Alabama this season and the Tide starting five has featured three rookies in the last three games.
  • Wednesday marks the third game in a row Johnson will face a program guided by coaches who were also candidates for the LSU job in 2008 when he was hired. Grant follows Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy and Tony Bennett from Virginia, who was at Washington State four seasons ago.

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