Bama men's basketball faces LSU

TUSCALOOSA, Ala The University of Alabama men's basketball team faces LSU for the second time this season on Thursday evening in Baton Rouge, La. Tipoff at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST with the contest being televised by ESPN and broadcast on radio courtesy of affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

The Crimson Tide travels to LSU as the winner in 11 of its last 13 games to lead the Southeastern Conference's Western Division with an 8-2 league record and a 16-8 overall mark. Earlier in the season, UA defeated LSU by a 70-46 margin in Tuscaloosa but the Tide anticipates facing a different Tiger squad on Thursday.

"Storm Warren did not play in the first meeting and he's played well over the last couple games," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Ralston Turner has some more game experience and certainly they'll be a little bit of a different team."

The Tigers are aiming to right their season as they return home following eight straight losses and a 2-8 SEC record and a 10-15 overall mark. The Tigers will face a UA defense that is allowing just 58.4 points per game, the eighth best average in the nation and the top defense in the SEC.

Offensively, Alabama has been paced by Tony Mitchell's four straight 20-point games as the Tide has averaged 72.8 points in those four games.

"He's got the ability to make plays and that's what he's doing, taking advantage of the opportunities there," Grant said of Mitchell's recent offensive production. "With every game he's getting more and more comfortable with what he can do and how he can impact the game."

Alabama will be aiming for its 100th all-time win over the Tigers as UA holds a 99-66 advantage in the series and has won the last three meetings.

Following Thursday's game, the Tide will return home on Saturday to host another Western Division foe in Arkansas at 6 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.