'Bama-LSU preview

Game: Alabama (12-7, 2-3 SEC) vs LSU (9-10, 0-5) Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: SEC Network, Channel 9, Charter, Mountain Brook

Key players :

Alabama

G-Mikhail Torrance 6'5" 210, Sr, 15.5 ppg, 3.6 rbg. 5.2 apg. Five 20 point games this season

F-JaMychal Green 6'9" 220, Soph., 15.2, 7.4, 2.1 blocks per game. Eleven career double-doubles and four this season.

F-Tony Mitchell 6'6", 185, Fr. 9.2, 5.0, 1.7 steals per game. Averaging 10.5 boards in last two games. G-Anthony Brock 5'9" 165, Sr.,  5.9, 2.1, 2.2 apg 26-of-69 from 3-pt range (38 %). Has a 3.5-to-1 assist to turnover ratio this season.

G-Senario Hillman 6'1" 192, Jr. 7.9, 3.4, 2.5 apg, 1.4 steals per game. Had a career high nine rebounds vs Miss State.

F-Justin Knox 6'9" 240, Jr. 5.9, 3.5. Twenty eight of his 67 boards have come on offensive glass.

Key players LSU:

F-Tasmin Mitchell 6'7" 238, Sr., 17.9, 9.5, 2.1. Thirty eight points and 10 boards against Auburn last Wed. Looks like an NBA player to me.

G-Bo Spencer 6'2" 186, Jr. 15.3, 2.4, 3.0. Seventh in SEC in free throw shooting (81%). Tough guard.

F-Storm Warren 6'7" 230, Soph., 13.5, 8.4 rbg. Part of the LSU scoring arsenal.

Analysis: Tide got a big win Sat. against Ms State, 62-57. Anthony Grant has an 88-32 overall record in his fourth season as head coach after serving three as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth.

Tide needs to contain big three for LSU. Pretty tough to stop all three, Mitchell in particular. But Tide has to play good defense and get Green and Torrance going. Other players like Hillman and Mitchell need to be involved on both ends. It would be nice if Brock and Torrance can be hot from three. Defense on big three of LSU the key though.

Very winnable game particularly at home. LSU is a team that is struggling, but they have some good players. It's the SEC, so anything can happen. "Bama needs this to keep some momentum going.