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Alabama @ LSU Preview


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Who: #18 Alabama; 11-3 (6-0) vs. LSU; 10-2 (5-1)

When: 8:00 PM CT, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center; Baton Rouge, LA

Watch: ESPN2

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network


On Tuesday Night, 1st place in the SEC will be battled for as the Tide travels to Baton Rouge to face LSU. Alabama has been one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 7 straight games and their first 6 games in conference play. On the other side, LSU has been solid entering conference play, winning 5 of their 6 first games. One thing to keep in mind about LSU is that they are extremely physical inside, with forwards Trendon Watford and Mwani Wilkinson both focused on forcing contact inside the paint. LSU also ranks in the top 30 nationally in shooting the ball, shooting 49% per game. Defensively however, the Tigers leave a lot to be desired, and while they 12th in steals right now, their rotations on guards are not the best, and watch for Coach Oats to exploit that.


For Alabama, the defense has been the biggest story in conference play, especially after holding a fast paced Arkansas team to only 59 points on Saturday. John Petty, Jr., who won the national player of the week and SEC player of the week, will look to continue his hot streak from behind the arc. Saturday against Arkansas Petty hit 5 threes, becoming Alabama's all-time leader in 3-point makes. To make up for the loss of Jordan Bruner, look for the Tide to continue to use a combination of Alex Reese, Juwan Gary and James Rojas at the 5. Herbert Jones will once again be the key player today, as he will most likely draw the assignment of guarding Javonte Smart at times.


LSU players to watch:


Trendon Watford: 18.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.7 APG

Cam Thomas: 22.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.4 APG

Javonte Smart: 15.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG



Prediction:

Alabama has been making national headlines as of late for their great play, coming in ranked at #18 in the AP Poll and #16 in the Coaches Poll this week. Look for Herbert Jones once again to be our best contributor both ways, alongside John Petty creating his own offense. However, LSU can get up and down the floor and capitalize on mistakes, so the Tide must cut down on turnovers. This game will come down to the last minutes in the second half. Alabama should be able to control the pace of the game, and this will be the key factor tonight.


Alabama 87

LSU 83

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