Make it Stop! Alabama defeats LSU 69-53

via thestartingfive.net

2012 continues to be a hex for LSU sports, as Alabama once again defeated LSU 69-53 in a game that really wasn't all that close. The Tigers struggled all night, and if you saw the game you would swear that someone placed a hex on LSU. Maybe it was the Mayans, but at this rate the world ending doesn't seem all that bad.

Justin Hamilton had his toughest game of the season, though he finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds. However, he shot 3 for 12 and looked off all night. Storm Warren got into quick foul trouble and sat most of the first half and only shot 3-9 himself, finishing with 8 points. Credit the Alabama defense for playing physical and making plays, but LSU simply couldn't get the offense going in the half court with their forwards.

The guards didn't fare much better, as Turner, Hickey, and Stringer combined to shoot 10-26, but committed 9 turnovers. The pressure defense forced them into bad positions, and the lack of size made it difficult for them to get out of the traps, resulting in these turnovers. Seeing the turnovers in person, however, would probably make anyone think we are truly cursed.

On the defensive side of the ball, it wasn't much better. Alabama shot it at 50% from the field, while assisting on 40% of the 30 made shots. A dagger 3 before the halftime buzzer really tells the story of how the game went. The offensive rebounding for Alabama was also effective because of Warren's absence, and Alabama finished with 15 offensive rebounds.

The LSU team has little time to sulk like I probably will, as a game on the road in Fayetteville awaits the Tigers. The Razorbacks are coming off a loss themselves today against Ole Miss, but both teams are 1-1 in conference play. It's a crucial game that could derail the season, as 3 of the 4 games following that are against ranked teams, and 3 of the next 5 are on the road(including Arkansas).

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