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Preview: UAB (9-2) @ LSU (7-2) - PMAC - Sat 4:00 - CST

WHO: University of Alabama - Birmingham (Green and Yellow)
WHERE: PMAC (13,215, 47th largest NCAA)
WHEN: Saturday, December 21st - 4:00PM
HOW: TV: CST, Radio: 98.1FM, Stream: ESPN3.com

After a gritty win over Texas Tech, LSU goes on to face a veteran UAB team. UAB already has wins over Rutgers, Nebraska, and UNC. Yes, that UNC. They start 3 seniors and 2 juniors and are the leading rebounding team in the country. They also don't start anyone under 6'4". The Blazers are very good.

While they don't particularly shoot well, They offensive rebound 42.7% of their missed baskets. They outrebounded UNC 52-37. They are currently holding teams to 26.5% three point shooting and have the 10th best FTA/FGA defense. They don't foul and they rebound.

There are a few spots that they do not excel. They are dead last, 351st, in the NCAA in forcing turnovers. They turn their opponents over 11.8% of the time. For reference, LSU forces turnovers 18.4% of the time. That is very good for an LSU team who has been prone to turning it over. They are also shooting only 46.5% inside the arc. LSU is shooting 53.5% from that range. LSU's defense has held opponents to only 41.1% (14th NCAA) in that category which could mean a long night shooting for UAB.



It will be interesting to see how LSU plans on defensing these tall guards. Jones has shown he trusts Stringer to guard larger players, but Morgan and Quarterman's roles could increase due to the Blazers size advantage.

Coleman didn't start against Texas Tech, but still carried the majority of the minutes. Over his last 6 games he is shooting 11/18 from deep for an incredible 61%. He has at least 2 three pointers in 5 of those 6 games.

Keys to the Game:

Rebounding - UAB probably outrebounds LSU in this one, however, LSU must keep it close. The Tigers have to find a way to keep Blazers out of the paint and away from rebounding positions.

Turnovers - If LSU allows a large rebounding margin, they have to protect the ball. UAB hasn't forced turnovers this year. The Tigers cannot buck that trend and throw away 15+ possessions.

Energy - LSU beat Texas Tech by being the first to every ball. They were more motivated and out hustled the Red Raiders. LSU has to continue that trend in the PMAC.

UAB would easily be a top half SEC team. This could turn out to be one of the best home games of the season. The Tigers NEED you to come support them this weekend for an afternoon game that could really jump-start this team.

Prediction:

LSU 80, UAB 74

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thunderbird1100 - 10 months ago
Good start, even with Mickey and JOB III taking some bad shots
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fightingtiger2335 - 10 months ago
Nice jab bty Hawthorne "that would have been a foul attech"


And shite Hickey just got 2
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thunderbird1100 - 10 months ago
Jesus, hickey is on fire
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thunderbird1100 - 10 months ago
Nice shot selection by Martin, nailed that second three
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Slapouttiger - 10 months ago
Justin. Maybe?
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Bottom9 - 10 months ago
Dang you're right. Gonna have to whip out the ole Internet streams
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crankbait - 10 months ago
I don't believe AT&T has cst
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Bottom9 - 10 months ago
What channel is this on, Att Uverse?
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cowboy4ever - 10 months ago
Gotcha :geauxtigers:
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S - 10 months ago
if you are sitting in the first row, you can see the game online
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cooltitan1337 - 10 months ago
There's a lot more people here than I was expecting. Also anyone know why the student section turned into the jailbait section?
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Off McVoy - 10 months ago
Thank God CST is dying- those of us in cenla can't watch....
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extremelsu - 10 months ago
Letss eat :pimp:
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ToulatownTiger - 10 months ago
Hoping for a great game! These boys are fun to watch
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purplengold1 - 10 months ago
Less than an hour! Excited for this one.
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CecilShortsHisPants - 10 months ago
Nah, we're 10.5 point favorites. We definitely are supposed to win this one. Should be receiving votes though.
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NO504FAN - 10 months ago
should we get ranked with a win?
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CecilShortsHisPants - 10 months ago
Energy will be there, you can bet on that. That's what I love about Coach Jones. The boys are literally always ready to go, win or lose. But make no mistakes, they are VERY good. Still waiting for our coming out party. :geauxtigers:
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tigers32 - 10 months ago
If the team brings the energy & hustle they did against TTech, then we should win. Definitely need good minutes from Odo this afternoon.
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CecilShortsHisPants - 10 months ago
LSU-90
UAB-64

We make a statement tonight!
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Tom Bronco - 10 months ago
If it is a close game in the last couple of minutes it always comes down to free throws. I agree it is not the number you shoot but the time of the game and the situaion you are in.
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tigers32 - 10 months ago
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Free throws might be critical

I'm not so sure they'll be a key to the game. We don't do a great job of getting to the foul line, and they don't foul much. Of course, it's always good to hit free-throws :lol:

I'm hoping for a team effort on the boards this afternoon. I don't think we'll win the boards the majority of the time, but I'd like to see us box out & make UAB work for it. I'm interested in the PG match-up too. Gonna be a good game!
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Benw225 - 10 months ago
Been looking forward to this game for a while. Crowd at the PMAC today hoping for more than 5,500. Too optimistic?
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CerealKilla - 10 months ago
It's up to -10.5. Too many, IMO.
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bbap - 10 months ago
Well if they have a 14/7 guy out that would explain that line somewhat.
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