LSU (9-16 overall, 1-12 in SEC) at Alabama (15-10 overall, 8-5 in SEC)
WHEN: Saturday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
TV/RADIO: SEC Network | 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
SERIES: Alabama leads 104-71
LAST MEETING: Alabama beat LSU 81-66 in Baton Rouge
LSU is coming off a 96-76 loss to Ole Miss on the road on Tuesday, which saw the Rebels outscore the Tigers 26-7 down the stretch to take the win. With 6:22 to go, Ole Miss took a 3-point lead and never looked back on their run. It was much closer than it appeared, but in the end Antonio Blakeney's 29 points weren't enough to help life the Tigers. LSU's front court has pretty much disappeared for the most part the past couple games with Duop Reath struggling the most last time out with just three points. He'll look to get on track against the Tide like when he nearly had a double-double in the loss.
The Crimson Tide cruised to an 81-66 win over the Tigers in Baton Rouge behind a big second half shooting from beyond the arc. Former LSU guard Corban Collins dropped 18 of his 24 points in Baton Rouge for Alabama in the second half en route to the win. In Alabama's latest game against Missouri, the Tide came back to beat the Tigers 57-54 in Columbia. Thanks to an 11-minute scoring drought, Alabama went into the half down five points. With just 3:18 to go, Alabama trailed 45-37 until a 10-2 Tide run to tie it at 47 before Ingram took over down the stretch to earn Alabama the win. Five of Alabama's eight SEC victories have come on the road, but the team returns to Coleman Coliseum with a welcome sight in LSU waiting for them on Saturday.
Key Alabama Players to Watch
G Dazon Ingram: Ingram scored the final 10 points of the Tide's win over Missouri as the team came back. Ingram finished with 18 points on the night.
G Corban Collins: The former Tiger lit up LSU last time the two teams faced off with 24 points. Since that time, Collins has scored in double digits twice in the nine games since the Tide's matchup in Baton Rouge.
Projected Alabama Starters:
G Dazon Ingram
G Avery Johnson, Jr.
G Riley Norris
F Braxton Key
F Donta Hall
Projected LSU Starters:
G Skylar Mays
G Antonio Blakeney
G Brandon Sampson
F Duop Reath
F Wayde Sims
Keys to the Game
Start fast is the key on the road and the Tigers must take care of the basketball. It all seems like the same old stuff, but it's true, when LSU starts turning the ball over, things head south quickly. Another key is staying out of foul trouble. Reath said it's mostly on his positioning and being late coming over has resulted in his foul trouble. That has to be corrected today.