Alabama at LSU, 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2)
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LSU (13-10, 3-6 SEC)
G Anthony Hickey 5-11, 182, Fr. (9.9 ppg, 3.8 apg, 50 steals)
G Ralston Turner 6-6, 205, So. (9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 34-93 3pt. FG)
G Andre Stringer 5-9, 175, So. (9.9 ppg, 38-43 FT, 45 assists)
F Johnny O’Bryant 6-8, 250, Fr. (7.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
C Justin Hamilton 7-0, 260, Jr. (13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 67-89 FT)
G-F Eddie Ludwig 6-9, 210, Jr. (2.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
F Storm Warren 6-7, 230, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 27 steals)
G John Isaac 6-3, 208, Fr. (2.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg)
Coach: Trent Johnson (62-59, fourth season; 221-180, 13th season)
Alabama (16-7, 5-4 SEC)
G Trevor Releford 6-1, 180, So. (12.4 ppg, 3.1 apg, 51 steals)
G Andrew Steele 6-4, 230, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg)
G Levi Randolph 6-5, 185, Fr. (6.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
F JaMychal Green 6-8, 228, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 54.9% FG)
F Nick Jacobs 6-8, 250, Fr. (5.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
G Trevor Lacey 6-3, 200, Fr. (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 28-35 FT)
G-F Charles Hankerson 6-5, 210, So. (3.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
G Rodney Cooper 6-6, 205, Fr. (3.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg)
Coach: Anthony Grant (58-34, third season; 134-59 sixth season)
The Tigers stay at home when No. 20 Mississippi State pays (19-5, 6-3) a visit to Baton Rouge Wednesday night.
Alabama holds a 101-66 advantage in the all-time series and has won five games in a row, including a 69-53 decision in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 11. Bama has also won on its last two trips to Baton Rouge.
The Tigers have surrendered 69 points or more in all six of their SEC losses.
Anthony Hickey did not record an assist Wednesday against Vanderbilt, the first time in his freshman season that’s happened. He also launched a season-high 16 floor shots and nine from 3-point range, also the most he’s put up. On the positive side, he also turned in his fifth turnover-free game.
Andre StringerWhile Andre Stringer’s shooting touch has abandoned him, he has remained productive as a playmaker with 27 assists in SEC games, including 5 vs. Vanderbilt, which matches a season-high. He also knocked down 15 consecutive free throws, 13 over the last four games.
After nearly rallying for a stunning victory at Mississippi State behind a barrage of late 3-pointers, LSU has cooled off considerably from outside the arc in the last three games. In that stretch, the Tigers have connected on just 6-of-43 (14%) from downtown.
In the four games since Johnny O’Bryant has returned from surgery to repair a broken hand, he has scored 30 points and grabbed 30 rebounds. In that same span, center Justin Hamilton has scored 31 points and pulled down 30 boards.
Opponents have corralled 37 rebounds or more in all but one SEC game this season. The Tigers have done so five times but have won the rebound battle only three times.
Anthony GrantGrant told Alabama media Friday that junior forward Tony Mitchell will remain suspended again LSU. The Crimson Tide’s second-leading scorer and rebounder with 13.1 points and 7 rebounds a game. He missed Alabama’s 68-50 romp past Auburn on Tuesday as well. Mitchell had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the first game with the Tigers.
Three of the Tide’s four SEC losses have come on the road. All three of LSU’s wins have been at home.
Since arriving in 2009-10, Grant hasn’t lost against the Tigers in five meetings.
Alabama averages 69.8 points in its wins this season, 58.7 points in the losses.
Over the last four games, Alabama's bench has scored 28.2 points a game and the opponent has averaged only 11.3.