Alabama Crimson Tide at LSU Tigers
Alabama and LSU have already squared off once this week and the debate still rages as to who won the battle on National Signing Day. ESPN has LSU #1, but Rivals has Alabama #1 (you can vote in the poll on the right). Football can't here fast enough, especially for Alabama who has already fired their coach this season. Meanwhile, LSU is enjoying a good season under first year coach Trent Johnson. Alabama won the first meeting of the year 65-59 in Tuscaloosa.
LSU 18-4, 6-1, 15-1 (home), RPI #52
Alabama 13-9, 3-5, 0-5 (away), RPI #134
Alabama has won 6 of the last 10
LSU has won 4 of the last 5 in Baton Rouge
Players to Watch:
G Marcus Thornton (19.9ppg), F Tasmin Mitchell (15.6ppg), G Bo Spencer (11.9ppg)
F Alonze Gee (14.3ppg), G Senario Hillman (13ppg), F Jamychal Green (10.2ppg)
What LSU must do to win...
The Tigers played pretty good defense the first time around as Alabama shot just 38 percent from the floor. LSU needs to bring that same level of defensive intensity again for the rematch. Trent Johnson has to find a way for his players to get to the free throw line more as LSU had just 10 attempts to Alabama's 35. Tasmin Mitchell has to step for the Bayou Bengals as he had just 10 points and 3 rebounds in the loss in Tuscaloosa.
What Alabama must do to win...
In the first meeting of the year, the Tide forced 17 LSU turnovers and had just 10 themselves. Also, Alabama got to the free throw line 35 times hitting 23 of those. LSU had just 10 free throw attempts in the loss. Even though Ronald Steele was on the team at that time, he had just 5 points. Alabama was paced by Hillman who had 24 points in the win. He and Gee must carry the load for the Tide against a talented LSU team.
The win last time gave former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried a few more games, but his team has won just once since his dismissal and that was against Georgia. I think LSU is playing much better now than they were a month ago and takes this one at home where they have played very well this season.
LSU wins by 10-17 points
Season: 12-13 SU through 2/6
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