Men's Basketball Looks for Key Win at Alabama
Communications Sr. Associate
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The LSU men’s basketball team looks for another key road win to add to their resume’ when they travel here Saturday night to take on the University of Alabama at 7 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.
The game will be nationally cablecast on ESPN2 with Dave Lamont and Darrin Horn on the call. The radio broadcast with Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and studio host Kevin Ford will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Baton Rouge – Eagle 98.1 FM; New Orleans – WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM; Lafayette – 103.7 FM; Shreveport – 1130 AM; Alexandra – 970 AM; Bogalusa – 92.9 FM; Ferriday – 107.1 FM; Houma – 1490 AM/96.7 FM; Jena – 102.7 FM; Lake Charles – 1580 AM; Leesville – 93.5 FM; Monroe – 540 AM; Morgan City – 1390 AM; Natchitoches 107.1 FM; Ruston – 1490 AM; Tallulah – 97.5 FM; Tylertown, Miss. – 107.3 FM; Ville Platte – 1050 AM) and in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.
LSU, winners of two straight home games and three-of-four to get to 12-5 overall and 3-2 in the SEC, is trying to win for the third time on the road this year, including its second in the conference. Alabama is 8-10 on the season and 2-3 after losing Thursday night at home to Florida, 68-62.
The Tigers have defeated Vanderbilt, 81-58, last Saturday and Missouri, 77-71, on Tuesday. Johnny O'Bryant III had a double double in the Vanderbilt game of 22 points and 12 rebounds and added 16 points on Tuesday. Senior Shavon Coleman had his season-high of 19 points in the win over Missouri and freshman Jordan Mickey had his fifth double double of the year with 14 points and a season-high equally 13 rebounds.
The Tide is led by Trevor Reliford, who is averaging 18 points a game. Retin Obasohan also averaged in double figures for Alabama (12.2) but he did not play against Florida and according to media accounts is a game-time decision for Saturday’s game.
“We’re looking forward to getting back out on the road after a two-game home stand against a good Vanderbilt team and a very good Missouri team,” said LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones. “We’re looking forward to playing a very tough Alabama team who has been very good at home and have probably played one of the most difficult schedules in our conference and in preparation for conference play. It will be a great challenge for us on Saturday on the road.”
Alabama and LSU split last year’s games with each team winning on the home floor. LSU won in Baton Rouge, 97-94, in triple overtime after coming from 10 back after the final media timeout. Alabama has won three-of-the last five in the series and are known to play a tough physical game under fifth-year head coach Anthony Grant.
“I think (Alabama) has done a tremendous job in having the caliber players and the makeup of a team that’s capable of challenging you year in and year out,” Jones said. “You can go back for years and list the guards that they’ve had. They’ve had post players over the years that have always competed really well in our league. They were notorious for winning the conference tournament for years because of the depth of the team they’ve had.”
Following Saturday night’s contest, LSU will host nationally-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night on ESPN at 8 p.m. Tickets for that game are available at LSUtix.net. Follow LSU basketball on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUBasketball and on Twitter @LSUBasketball.