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Preview/Game thread: LSU vs. Alabama, 8 PM, SECN, 98.1 FM

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Last month LSU defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time in over a decade. Wednesday night The Tigers will face the 15-9 Tide at home. Both teams have been called bubble teams. Come March they will be the first teams out or the last teams in the NCAA Tournament depending on the outcomes of their final games. Alabama arguably has a better resume than LSU, with wins over Notre Dame, South Caroline, and Florida. Wednesday night is another must for The Tigers if they hope to stay in the hunt for a tournament bid.

Alabama has won their last four games, including victories against Florida and Texas A&M. They have also struggled offensively, 14 turnovers per game and only 11 assists. If they want to win Wednesday night in Baton Rouge Senior guard Retin Obasohan could be the key. Obasohan had 20 points against LSU in a 70-72 loss on January 23rd in Tuscaloosa. He is averaging 16 points per contest.

The Tigers will likely try to attack the basket with Ben Simmons and Craig Victor. The two combined for 34 points against Alabama in their January 23rd victory against Alabama. The Tigers could have similar p success against an undersized Alabama team n Wednesday night. The Tigers need to get out to an early lead behind Simmons and Victor and avoid foul trouble to avoid another too close for comfort ending.

Tip off is set for 8 PM from Baton Rouge. The game will be televised on The SECN and the Watch ESPN app.