Alabama Basketball returns to action Wednesday night in Coleman Coliseum against the nefarious Will Wade and the LSU Bengal Tigers. How much the Crimson Tide needs a win was summed up by Nate Oats earlier in the week, when he said, losing is easy.
The teams met three times last season with Alabama winning at Baton Rouge and in Tuscaloosa. The last one was the Crimson Tide’s exciting 80-79 SEC Tournament win in Nashville.
The Tide sits at 11-6 and 2-3 in SEC play. Alabama has lost its last three games and five of its last eight. The latest NCAA NET rankings have the Tide at No. 24.
LSU is 15-2 on the season after starting 12-0, before losing two of its last five games. Most of the opponents in the 12-game win streak were not a challenge. The Bengal Tigers are ranked No. 7 in the NCAA NET rankings. The two losses came against Auburn and Arkansas. In SEC play, LSU has beaten Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU: Spread, Over/Under
According to WynnBET, the Alabama Crimson Tide is a 3.5-point favorite. The Over/Under is at 149.5 points.
Alabama vs. LSU Prediction
Ken Pomeroy rates the teams more highly than their NET ranking. KenPom has the Crimson Tide at No. 16 and LSU at No. 10.
The Crimson Tide should outlast the Bengal Tigers with extended effort. Any Tide player lacking intensity will be benched. In what should be a tight game, renewed intensity and home-court advantage should give the Tide a win.
Game Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide 74 – LSU 72
What Channel is the Alabama Game On?
The 6:00 PM CST game can be seen on ESPN2. The game’s announcer will be Karl Ravech with analyst, Jimmy Dykes.
Chris Stewart, Bryan Passink and Roger Hoover will handle the radio broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and will be available on Sirius/XM, channels 84/84.
Alabama vs. Mississippi State Live Stream
The broadcast of the game will be streamed on the ESPN App.
Complete Alabama Crimson Tide Game Notes are available here.
Up next for the Crimson Tide are the Missouri Tigers at Coleman, followed by Georgia in Athens. Baylor in Tuscaloosa finishes the January schedule. Auburn in Auburn and Kentucky in Tuscaloosa follow.