Alabama has entered the AP Top 25. This is not a drill. The Crimson Tide basketball program is undefeated in conference play, and #18 in the country.
The Tide (11-3, 6-0) looks to remain undefeated in conference play and improve upon their 18th position against LSU (10-2, 5-1) in Baton Rouge Tuesday.
Alabama hasn’t had a start this impressive in SEC play since the 1987 season. You can imagine why Bama fans are rejoicing. However, they will need to remain consistent, and will need to do so without Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner, who has proven to be a significant component to the Tide’s success. Alabama won its 7th consecutive game in a 90-59 rout of Arkansas Saturday evening, just four days after beating Kentucky 85-65 in Rupp.
“We talked about what type of character we would have after the big win at Kentucky,” coach Nate Oats said. “We knew Arkansas was going to bring everything they had. Our guys responded great.”
The 31-point margin of victory was the Crimson Tide’s largest in SEC play since defeating host Mississippi State 75-43 eight years ago.
John Petty Jr. led the team with 17 points and he became the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers when he made his 264th.
“I am really happy for Petty,” Oats said. “He could’ve left after his junior year. He decided to come back. You like for guys who decide to come back for their senior year to do great things.”
Jaden Shackelford added 16 points and Herbert Jones, who was questionable because of a finger injury suffered against Kentucky, scored 13 points in 23 minutes.
“Our attention to detail on defense was great,” Oats said.
LSU’s defense was important in its fourth-straight victory — an 85-80 home win against South Carolina on Saturday.
“We know we can score the ball,” said Javonte Smart, who had 15 points as one of four Tigers in double figures. “We talk about defense. They were getting some buckets; some back-door looks. We just wanted to lock in when we were down. We just wanted to get back in that lead, and cut it and tie the game, and on to play defense.”
Cam Thomas scored 25 points, Trendon Watford added 23 and Darius Days scored 11.
Alabama will hope to keep a perfect slate in conference play, and will put it all on the line Tuesday at 8pm CST on ESPN2.
My Prediction: Alabama 84 LSU 78
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