Alabama Crimson Tide at LSU Tigers

Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

The Alabama Crimson Tide are on their hottest streak under first-year coach Nate Oats, winning four in a row (Auburn, Missouri, at Vanderbilt, Kansas State) and averaging 81.3 points per game in that stretch. The 77-74 win over Kansas State left Oats with plenty of teachable moments after his team was outrebounded 22-3 on the offensive glass and gave up 31 more shots than it took.

The Crimson Tide were rescued by fine shooting and 26 points from guard Kira Lewis Jr., but it will be tougher sledding against LSU. Lewis and John Petty Jr. form one of the best backcourts anywhere, with Lewis averaging 16.8 points and Petty putting in 16.4 with deadly 3-point shooting (47.8 percent, 65 of 136).

LSU Tigers Preview

The LSU Tigers have won all six of their Southeastern Conference games to stand as the last undefeated team in league play, and they returned to the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first time in 10 weeks. LSU enters on an eight-game winning streak, showing remarkable chops in late-game situations by capturing its past six games by a total of 15 points, including a 69-67 decision at Texas on Saturday.

The Tigers make their own breaks by hitting the glass (plus-7.7 rebounding margin) and being tough in the paint, hitting 56.3 percent of their 2-point tries. Guard Skylar Mays (15.7 points per game) leads five Tigers averaging more than 11 points.