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Preview: LSU (12-5,3-2) @ Alabama (8-10,2-3) - Sat - 7:00 - ESPN2

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Who: LSU Tigers @ Alabama Crimson Tide
When: Saturday, January 25th - 7:00pm
Where: Coleman Coliseum (15,316 - 27th NCAA)
How: TV: ESPN2, Radio: 98.1FM, Stream: ESPN3.com

Saturday night in a pivotal game for LSU, the Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. Wednesday night, LSU took care of Missouri at home to put them right back in the race for a NCAA Tournament birth. On Thursday, Alabama fought Florida to the wire before losing at home to the SEC leading Gators. It snapped Alabama's 14 game SEC home winning streak. Coleman is not the easiest place to play.

Alabama has lost 3 times at home this year; one to Wichita St by 5 (Wichita is 20-0), one to Xavier by 3 (Xavier is 15-4) and one to Florida by 4 (Florida is 16-2). Alabama is led by their senior guard Trevor Releford. He averages 18.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He shoots 89% from the free throw line and 39% from beyond the arc.





LSU has struggled to stop scoring guards recently, however, Releford is only 6'0" tall so he will be more manageable than some of LSU's more recent struggles with tall guards. Alabama has only one other double digit scorer in Retin Obasohan. He averages 12.2 points per game from the off-guard position. You could consider Alabama's squad a poor-mans Missouri with the respect that they score from slashing guard positions and use a pressure zone to slow you down.

Unlike many 2-3 zones that pack the inside, Alabama is not scared to step out above the three point line to force errant passes. While this can create turnovers, it also leaves room for opponents to get the ball to the shoulder where LSU's Jordan Mickey and Johnny O'Bryant have had success in recent games. Alabama has been able to hold 8 teams to 65 points or less; they've won each of them. However, they have lost all 10 games where opponents scored over 65 points.

The Tide doesn't have a high powered offense, but they will slow you down and make every possession count. LSU should be able to handily win the rebound battle. Limiting turnovers and making some open shots are key to winning at Coleman. LSU has lost their last 9 games in the Coleman Coliseum so any win is a great win.

Prediction:
LSU 67, Alabama 64
Filed Under: LSU Basketball

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GCTiger11 - 9 months ago
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F off baby back bandwagon bitch


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and then you can go back to the SEC rant and make fun of us like every other time LSU loses.


I'm sorry that I'm just now seeing this, but you guys do realize that by "hosed" I meant, get bad calls thrown against us, right? While not the sole reason we lost, there were certainly some calls that were made that were ticky-tacky. How you tards get that me predicting that there were gonna be bad calls go against us means I'm on the bandwagon and that I'll "make fun" of LSU on SECr is beyond me.
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joeytiger - 9 months ago
9-21 WTF!!!! Why can this team never seem to keep a rhythm!
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jlu03 - 9 months ago
LSU 7 - 0
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
I'm stuck with no ESPNEWS as well. Maryland would start a comeback...
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Benw225 - 9 months ago
At the in laws. Just bought a 65 incher but no ESPN news :banghead:

Damnit Pitt bury them!
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The Goat - 9 months ago
Must win game. The run at the tourney starts tonight.
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Vanilla Ice - 9 months ago
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Draconian Sanctions - 9 months ago
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Not quite sure why ESPN2 failed to let us know this..



they did, the bottom line is your friend
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DeathValley85 - 9 months ago
Alright I'm good. At first I only saw the bit about watchespn.
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CecilShortsHisPants - 9 months ago
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Game starts on ESPNEWS at 7:10


:cheers:

Not quite sure why ESPN2 failed to let us know this..
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Bonjourno - 9 months ago
This game is gonna go 30 minutes over :banghead:
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lsu2006 - 9 months ago
Tip at 7:10, but yeah it's gonna go way over
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cj35 - 9 months ago
The game will start on ESPNews at 7:09pm.
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CecilShortsHisPants - 9 months ago
7:10 tipoff is scheduled
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Schmidt - 9 months ago
Game starts on ESPNEWS at 7:10
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DeathValley85 - 9 months ago
Damnit this game is going to go way over

ETA: Looks like ESPN News
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lil tiger22 - 9 months ago
Let's do this!
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bobbyleewilliams - 9 months ago
Just win, baby! :geauxtigers: :dude: :cheers:
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phi1514 - 9 months ago
Dear god that loss to Rhode Island still stings!!!

Geaux Tigers!!! Beat some Gump arse!!!
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heartbreakTiger - 9 months ago
yea its a foul parade
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tigers32 - 9 months ago
My guess is a bunch of foul calls. I've been keeping an eye on the game, and there's been a lot of fouling.
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massiveattack - 9 months ago
yea we have a while
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Kel Varnsen - 9 months ago
How the hell is there 10 minutes left in the Maryland Pitt game?
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heartbreakTiger - 9 months ago
I'm really glad dickie v isn't calling our game
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StewieG - 9 months ago
74-69

Tigahs :lsu: :lsu:
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