LSU/Alabama pre-game notes

LSU and Alabama open up league play on Sunday as the Tigers and Crimson Tide square off at 12:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

LSU (12-2) vs Alabama (10-4)

Jan. 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Coleman Coliseum Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Probable Starters

Alabama Crimson Tide

G - 12 Alonzo Gee (6-6, Sr.) 14.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg

G -- 21 Senario Hillman (6-1, So.) 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 apg

G - 22 Ronald Steele (6-2, Sr.) 13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg

F - 32 JaMychal Green (6-9, Fr.) 8.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg

F - 40 Justin Knox (6-9, So.) 5.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Key Reserves

G - 2 Mikhael Torrance (6-5, Jr.) 5.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg

F - 34 Yamene Coleman (6-9, Jr.) 4.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg

G - 25 Andrew Steele (6-3, Fr.) 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Probable Starters

LSU Tigers

G 5 Marcus Thornton (6-4, 205, Sr.) 18.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg

G 14 Garrett Temple (6-6, 190, Sr.) 6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 apg

G 11 Bo Spencer (6-1, 185, So.) 12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg

F 1 Tasmin Mitchell (6-7, 235, Jr.) 14.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg

F 21 Chris Johnson (6-11, 210, Sr.) 8.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg

Key Reserves

G 13 Terry Martin (6-6, 210, Sr.) 4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg

F 32 Quintin Thornton  (6-9, 225, Sr.) 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg

G 30 Alex Farrer (6-5, 205, Jr.) 2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg


The Tigers look to open Southeastern Conference play on a better note than their last outing, coming off of a 91-61 loss at Utah.

Now, the Tigers take to the road once more, facing a Crimson Tide team that dropped a 66-59 loss at Clemson on Jan 6.

LSU, for the sixth time since 2000, opens SEC play against the University of Alabama, this time at the Tide's Coleman Coliseum at 12:30 p.m.

The Bayou Bengal enter the game with the sixth best scoring offense (75.8 ppg) and the third ranked scoring defense (61.4 ppg) in the conference.

Marcus Thornton leads the way for the Tigers on offense, putting in 18.3 points per game. The guard's five rebounds are good for third best on the team.

Junior Tasmin Mitchell has been explosive in his return to the Tiger lineup after being sidelined with medical issues last season, averaging 14.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Chris Johnson has led the way down low for the Bayou Bengals, pulling in a team high seven rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

The Tigers have been the second most efficient conference team shooting from behind the arc, hitting on 87-of-219 attempts (.397).

LSU also leads the conference in rebounding margin, pulling in +8.3 rebounds per game.

The Crimson Tide sit with the ninth ranked scoring offense (73 ppg) and the fifth ranked scoring defense (63.9 ppg) in the SEC.

The Tide's +9.1 scoring margin and .442 field goal percentage are good for the tenth best in the conference.

Alabama has found success in holding their opponents from converting three point field goal attempts, holding opponents to a .282 percentage from behind the arc.


Yet, the Tide are the worst team in the SEC when they attempt to work from behind the three-point line, hitting on just 72-of-240 attempts from three point range on the season.

The Tide see similar disparities in the difference on the boards, pulling down 41.3 rebounds per game, third best in the conference, while allowing opponents to pull down 37.1 rebounds per game, good for second to last in the SEC.

Alabama leads the series, 95-65 and 61-17 in games played in Tuscaloosa.


LSU defeated Alabama, 80-74, in the next-to-last game of the season in 2008, snapping a four-game Tide winning streak in the series. However, the Tigers are 2-7 this decade in games played on Alabama’s home court.

The game will be televised by Raycom Sports and will be available by radio to those affiliated with the LSU sports network.

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