The Tigers had another disappointing loss in a must win game on Wednesday night. Retin Obasohan was all over the court with a career-high 35 points. He also made all 11 of his free throws. LSU shot only 57% from the line. Alabama combined for 11 three pointers in the game.
Wednesday night was the story of two halves. Alabama took an early 8-4 lead, but The Tigers responded with seven straight points and Alabama didn't lead again in the half. First half LSU looked great. Ben Simmons drew double coverage, allowing Craig Victor and Keith Hornsby to get outside shots. The momentum and the pace of the game were going The Tiger's way at halftime.
The Tide made some adjustments at halftime and came out ready to fire. Craig Victor reached three fouls early in the second half and Coach Johnny Jones played him conservatively. He stayed in the game, but he waited for outside shots that never came. Victor had 21 points before he fouled out with a minute left. Ben Simmons added 20 points and 10 rebounds for The Tigers.
It is still uncertain what this loss will do for LSU's NCAA Tournament hopes. LSU is at best a bubble team, but most would put The Tigers in the "first out" category as of now. LSU has five regular season games remaining, including contests with Florida and Kentucky. Winning out with their remaining schedule does not look like a possibility. The Tigers will need to make it past the first round of the SEC Tournament to have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament.
The Tiger's next game is Saturday February 20th at Tennessee. The game will be televised on ESPNU.