Alabama visits LSU on Wednesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
By 14Powers Hoops
Team Statistical Comparison
Alabama Scoring Leaders
|Kira Lewis Jr.||Alabama||16.8||116||61||27|
|John Petty Jr.||Alabama||16.4||100||46||65|
Alabama Rebounding Leaders
|John Petty Jr.||Alabama||27||108||135||7.1|
|Kira Lewis Jr.||Alabama||20||89||109||5.7|
LSU Scoring Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||8.0||53||13||9|
LSU Rebounding Leaders
|Charles Manning Jr.||LSU||9||40||49||3.1|
|0||Javian Davis||F||6′-9″||242||FR||Canton, MS|
|1||Herbert Jones||F||6′-7″||205||JR||Greensboro, AL|
|2||Kira Lewis Jr.||G||6′-3″||165||SO||Meridianville, AL|
|3||Alex Reese||F||6′-9″||245||JR||Pelham, AL|
|4||Juwan Gary||F||6′-5″||215||FR||Columbia, SC|
|5||Jaden Shackelford||G||6′-3″||195||FR||Hesperia, CA|
|11||James Bolden||G||6′-0″||160||SR||Covington, KY|
|12||Jaylen Forbes||G||6′-4″||186||FR||Florence, MS|
|13||Jahvon Quinerly||G||6′-1″||175||SO||Hackensack, NJ|
|15||Tyler Barnes||F||6′-8″||201||JR||Louisville, KY|
|21||Britton Johnson||G||6′-4″||183||SO||Mountain Brook, AL|
|23||John Petty Jr.||G||6′-5″||184||JR||Huntsville, AL|
|25||Adam Cottrell||G||6′-3″||185||FR||Flowery Branch, GA|
|30||Galin Smith||F||6′-9″||240||JR||Clinton, MS|
|33||James Rojas||F||6′-8″||215||JR||Jamestown, NY|
|34||Sam Okauru||G||6′-5″||200||FR||Raleigh, NC|
|35||Raymond Hawkins||F||6′-9″||240||FR||Oakland, CA|
|0||Darius Days||F||6′-6″||240||SO||Raleigh, FL|
|1||Javonte Smart||G||6′-4″||205||SO||Baton Rouge, LA|
|2||Trendon Watford||F||6′-9″||235||FR||Birmingham, AL|
|3||Parker Edwards||G||6′-3″||190||SO||Mandeville, LA|
|4||Skylar Mays||G||6′-4″||205||SR||Baton Rouge, LA|
|5||Emmitt Williams||F||6′-6″||230||SO||Fort Myers, FL|
|10||James Bishop||G||6′-2″||190||FR||Baltimore, MD|
|11||Charles Manning Jr.||G||6′-5″||200||JR||Riverhead, NY|
|12||Marshall Graves||G||6′-4″||195||SR||Ponchatoula, LA|
|14||Marlon Taylor||G||6′-5″||210||SR||Mount Vernon, NY|
|15||Aundre Hyatt||F||6′-4″||225||FR||Bronx, NY|
|20||Caleb Starks||G||6′-3″||205||JR||Lafayette, LA|
|21||Courtese Cooper||F||6′-9″||220||SO||Elgin, IL|
|24||Deshawn Thomas||C||6′-9″||250||JR||Dentsville, SC|
LSU (15-4, 6-0 SEC) defeated Texas 69-67 on Saturday in Austin. In that game the Longhorns led for the opening 3 or 4 minutes but LSU would take control and lead for the rest of the half taking a 42-32 lead into halftime. In the second half the Tigers built their biggest lead of the game at 16 points with 15:57 left to play in the half. The Longhorns then began to chip away at the Tiger lead eventually taking a 58-56 lead with 4:55 remaining in the game. However, as we’ve seen LSU do in several close games this season, the Tigers got it done in crunchtime. LSU outscored Texas 13-9 over the remainder of the game to notch another victory. Trendon Watford led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points. Watford also made two critical free throws in the final minute of the game to seal the win. Andrew Jones of Texas led all scorers in the game with 20. Jones made 4 of 7 threes during the game. Two of those came in the second half to help the Horns pull closer to LSU.
LSU averages 79.6 points per game, second in the SEC. The Tigers are allowing opponents 69.6 points per contest, 11th in the league. LSU as a team shoots 48% from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range, and 76.6% from the line. Mays leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 15.7 points per game. Darius Days paces the Tigers in rebounding averaging almost eight boards a game.
Alabama (12-7, 4-2 SEC) defeated Kansas State 77-74 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. The score stayed fairly close in the first half with neither team leading by more than four points. Kansas State held a 37-36 edge at the half. The Crimson Tide built a 6-point lead with 17:35 left in the game. That lead grew to 16 at 59-43 with 12:13 to play but the Wildcats wouldn’t go down without a fight. Kansas State pulled to within five of the Crimson Tide with 22 seconds remaining. KSU’s Mike McGuirl then hit a 3-point shot with 18 seconds to narrow the Bama lead to 74-72. However, Alabama’s Herbert Jones hit three key free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Kira Lewis Jr. leads the Tide in scoring averaging 16.8 points per game. Petty, Jr. is not far behind Lewis at 16.4 points a contest. Petty leads the Tide in rebounding pulling down over 7 a game.
As a team, Alabama is No. 1 in the conference in scoring offense (82.8 ppg) and last in the conference in scoring defense (76.6 ppg). The Crimson Tide is first in the SEC basketball in 3-point shooting making of 35.8% of shots. They make an average of nearly 11 threes a game. Bama ranks fifth in the SEC in assists (13.9 apg). The Tide is 7th in the league in field goal defense (40.0%) and 8th in steals (6.4 spg).
This one is hard to pick but we go with Bama here because they should be able to simply outscore LSU at home. LSU’s scoring defense is not great and teams generally shoot better at home. LSU is also next to last in the SEC in 3-point shooting defense.