Alabama vs. LSU: Full Game Preview

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Alabama vs. LSU: Full Game Preview
Alabama
(18-8, 5-5 away)
LSU
(15-9, 12-2 home)
Venue: Pete Maravich Center
1:45PM ET / 10:45AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Alabama T Releford 15.4 R Cooper 4.7 T Lacey 3.1
LSU J O`Bryant III 14.0 J O`Bryant III 8.7 A Hickey 4.0

Alabama travels to Pete Maravich Center on Saturday to take on LSU. It gets started at 1:45 p.m. EST and you can catch it on SEC Network. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 60-57 on Feb. 9 and are 7-2 against them over the past four years.

Alabama is in second place in the SEC and LSU is in eigth. Both teams continue to fight for position.

In a 64-56 triumph over Mississippi State on Feb. 20, Rodney Cooper put up 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide. He is averaging 11.4 points per game while also contributing a team-high 4.7 rebounds per game. For the Tigers, Johnny O`Bryant III put up 24 points and 8 rebounds in the 82-72 loss to Tennessee on Feb. 19. With 14 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Analyzing the differences between the teams, LSU has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Tigers have the upper hand over the Crimson Tide, 71 points per game to 63 points per game.

LSU StatSmack

  • Even computers respect Alabama more. Alabama has a better RPI this season than LSU (RPI: No. 60 vs. No. 102).
  • Trevor Lacey is ranked 9th in the SEC in assists.
  • Alabama is better under pressure, and has defeated LSU in six out of the last 10 games decided by five points or fewer.
  • The Alabama scoring leader (Trevor Releford, 348 points) has more points than the LSU scoring leader (Johnny O`Bryant III, 298 points).
  • Alabama is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Alabama is 221 lbs compared to 206 lbs for LSU.
  • Boom! Alabama defeated LSU by 3 points the last time they played (Feb 09, 2013).
  • Alabama has a stronger schedule than LSU this season (SOS Rank: No. 82 vs. No. 141).
  • Alabama has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (57 percent vs. 69 percent).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Alabama currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (984 to 911) than LSU, per the NCAA.
  • Alabama has a better record in close games than LSU this season (9-4 vs. 5-5).
  • Since 1998, Alabama has recruited more Top 50 high school players than LSU (14 vs. nine).
Bama Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Trevor Releford 33 15 2 3 2 0 2
B- Trevor Lacey 32 12 4 3 2 0 2
C+ Rodney Cooper 29 11 5 1 1 0 2
C+ Levi Randolph 30 8 4 2 1 0 1
C Nick Jacobs 20 7 3 0 1 1 1
C Devonta Pollard 19 4 3 1 1 1 1
C Carl Engstrom 13 3 3 0 0 1 1
C Andrew Steele 20 4 2 2 1 0 2
D+ Moussa Gueye 16 1 4 0 0 2 1
D+ Retin Obasohan 11 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Isiah Wilson 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
D Keon Blackledge 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Julian Goode 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D D. Slaughter 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
LSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Anthony Hickey 32 12 4 4 3 0 2
B J. O`Bryant III 29 14 9 2 0 1 3
B- Shavon Coleman 29 11 7 1 1 1 2
C+ C. Carmouche 25 9 4 4 2 0 2
C Andre Stringer 31 11 2 2 1 0 2
C Malik Morgan 20 6 3 1 1 0 1
D+ A. Del Piero 13 4 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Eddie Ludwig 12 3 3 1 0 0 2
D Shane Hammink 11 2 2 1 0 0 1
D Corban Collins 11 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Jalen Courtney 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D- Joshua Badeaux 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Mychal Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Dave Jackson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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