no. 25 Alabama basketball closes out the regular season on Saturday at LSU in a game that will determine the 5-seed for next week’s SEC Tournament.
The Crimson Tide heads into Saturday’s game with a 19-11 overall record and is 9-8 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 20-10 and are 8-9 in SEC play.
Should Alabama lose, depending on other games on Saturday’s slate, the Crimson Tide could fall as low as an 8-seed. However, a win would cement their status as a 5-seed in next week’s tournament.
Follow along below for live updates, stats and information from Alabama’s game at LSU.
- Quinerly misses a game-tying 3 off the back iron, and Alabama loses 80-77. Alabama closes out the game by missing 13 of its final 14 3-point attempts.
- Gains hits both free throws to put LSU up 80-77 with 7.0 seconds remaining.
- Alabama sends Eric Gains to the line for two free throws.
- Davison forgets about the shot clock and Alabama turns it over with 8.1 seconds to play. LSU leads 78-77.
- A block by Eason leads to a dunk on the other end and LSU leads Alabama 78-77 with 38 seconds remaining.
- Following a dunk from Days, Quinerly hits a 3 to put Alabama up 75-74 with 3:32 remaining.
- LSU wins the tip.
- End of Regulation: Alabama 72, LSU 72
- Ellis makes his second. Tie game with 0:12 seconds left.
- With 0:12 seconds left, Eason fouls Ellis to send him to the free-throw line. Ellis makes his first free throw to make the score 72-71 in favor of LSU. The Tigers call a timeout.
- Quinerly turns the basketball over with an offensive foul with 0:42 seconds left.
- Days hits a jumper, and LSU take the lead back. Tigers call a timeout with 0:52 seconds left.
- Gaines commits his third foul of the game, putting Alabama in double-bonus. Davison heads to the line and hits one of his two free throws to tie the game at 70.
- Alabama still trails 70-69 with 1:33 left to play. The Crimson Tide will have possession after the break.
- Alabama pulls within 1 with a layup by Quinerly.
- Days it fouled and hits two free throws. 70-67 LSU at the 2:22 mark.
- Layup good by Rojas, who is fouled for an and-1 opportunity. Rojas hits the free throw. 68-67 LSU with 2:41 left. Prior to that layup, Alabama hd no field goals over the course of four minutes and had turned the ball over three times over that span.
- LSU has now conducted a 6-0 run and leads 68-64 with 3:01 remaining. Timeout Alabama.
- At the final media timeout, the game remains tied at 64. Alabama possession once the game resumes thanks to a steal by Davison.
- Two free throws by Eason tie the game at 64.
- Gaines fouls Quinerly, who hits both of his free throws. 64-62 Alabama with 4:59 left.
- A 3-pointer by Days ties the game at 62.
- Alabama leads 62-59 with 5:43 left to play. Alabama has three turnovers over the last 1:49, but LSU has been unable to take advantage.
- Jumper by Pinson ties the game at 57.
- Miles is immediately fouled and hits two free throws. 57-55 Crimson Tide.
- Miles has entered the game and appears to be fine. Good news for the Crimson Tide.
- Two free throws by Eason and a jumper by Murray tie the game at 55 with 10:12 remaining in the game.
- Rojas goes 1-for-2 at the charity stripe. Alabama up 55-51.
- Miles has suffered a neck injury, and his return is probable.
- Ellis now has 15 total points this game, with 13 of them coming in the second half. Alabama leads 54-51 at the 12:06 mark.
- Ellis drains his third 3-pointer of the second half.
- Darius Miles is down on the court, grabbing his head. There is a timeout, and Oats and the Alabama staff have come to the other end of the court. Murray appeared to have accidentally kicked Miles in the head as he was falling down. Miles is taken to the locker room.
- Game is now tied at 47 after a good jumper by Murray.
- Ellis drains a 3-pointer, and just like that Alabama is back on top.
- Days goes 1-for-2 at the free-throw line, and LSU has regained the lead.
- At the under-16 media timeout, the game is tied at 44. Ellis and Davison have each recorded a 3.
- At halftime, Quinerly leads the Crimson Tide in points with 9 thanks to his three 3-pointers. Davison is just behind him with 8, while Shackelford has 6 and Davison has 5. The points distribution has been fairly even across the board for Alabama.
- Shackelford leads Alabama with six rebounds while Davison is second with three.
- From the floor, Alabama is shooting 41 percent from the floor compared to LSU’s 46 percent. From beyond the arc, the Crimson Tide is shooting 30 percent, while the Tigers are shooting 36 percent.
- Alabama is out rebounding LSU 20-15.
- While the Crimson Tide has more turnovers (8) compared to the Tigers (6), Alabama has taken greater advantage of the turnovers, converting them into 11 points compared to LSU’s 7.
- Halftime: Alabama 38, LSU 36
- Alabama and LSU exchange offensive blows over the course of the final minutes. A last-second dunk by Gurley puts Alabama on top 38-36.
- A layup by Shackelford gives the Crimson Tide the lead once again. LSU takes it right back with a 3-pointer by Eason.
- Alabama has scored six of the last eight points to tie the game at 29 heading into the final media timeout of the first half.
- Another layup by Gaines, and just like that LSU is on a 7-0 run.
- Two free throws by Days gets the Tigers on top once again. 25-23 LSU.
- A layup by Gaines ties the game at the 7:40 mark.
- LSU has now gone 4:03 without scoring a field goal. Alabama has turned up the dial on defense, but its offense hasn’t been able to take much advantage after the 8-0 run.
- A 3-pointer by Davison gives Alabama its first lead of the game. The bucket is the latest in an 8-0 run by the Crimson Tide. LSU calls a timeout to regroup.
- Two free throws by Gary, a 3-pointer by Miles and a layup by Shackelford power the Crimson Tide to tie the game 20-20 at the 9:52 mark.
- At the under-12 media timeout, LSU leads Alabama 19-13. Quinerly leads the Crimson Tide with six points from his two 3-pointers. As a whole, Alabama is shooting just 36-percent from the floor.
- A layup and the and-1 by Eason stretches LSU’s lead to 6.
- Davison drains a 3 to tie the game, but LSU responds with a 3 by Days.
- Two free throws from Ellis and a 3-pointer by Quinerly pulls Alabama within 3. 13-10 LSU at the 13:47 mark.
- In the first three-and-a-half minutes, Alabama is just 2-for-6 from the floor and has a shot clock violation. LSU leads 10-5.
- Alabama wins the opening tip, and we are underway in Baton Rouge.
- Starting lineups, officials and more to come as they are announced.
- It’s now 30 minutes until game time:
- Today’s officials: Terry Olglesby, Tony Greene, KB Burdett.
- Alabama basketball starting lineup is located at the bottom of the page.
In a relatively short period of time as SEC coaches, Alabama’s Nate Oats and LSU’s Will Wade have already created several epic matchups including last season’s SEC Tournament championship game and the first matchup between the Tide and Tigers earlier this season on Jan. 19.
Now the two teams meet again to close out the regular season in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Both Alabama (19-11, 9-8 SEC) and LSU (20-10, 8-9 SEC) are considered locks for the NCAA Tournament at this point, but Saturday’s matchup will play a big part in seeding for the SEC Tournament. All of the SEC games will determine the final seeds for the conference tournament as the top four and bottom four teams are pretty much locked in, but the there are six teams in the middle with an 8-9 or 9-8 record.
Here’s everything you need to know about Alabama and LSU, including how and where to watch the game:
How to Watch:
Who: no. 25 Alabama (19-11, 9-8 SEC) at LSU (20-10, 8-9 SEC)
when: 11 a.m. CT, Saturday
where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) on the call. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.
Last Time Out, Alabama: It was one of the worst performances of the year for the Crimson Tide. In the final home game of the season at Coleman Coliseum, the Texas A&M Aggies came into Tuscaloosa and handed Alabama a 87-71 loss. Alabama turned the ball over 19 times and allowed the Aggies to shoot 57 percent from the floor.
Last time out, LSU: The Tigers lost a heartbreaker on the road at No. 14 Arkansas. LSU led for the majority of the final 10 minutes of the game until two free throws from JD Notae gave the Razorbacks the lead with nine seconds to go, and the Tigers could not get a basket on the final possession as Arkansas held on to win 77 -76.
The series: Alabama leads the all-time series 71-46 and have won five in a row dating back to Jan. 2020. Nate Oats his 5-1 against the Tigers in his three seasons at Alabama. In the lone matchup this season, Alabama held off a late second-half comeback from then No. 13 LSU to win 70-67 at Coleman Coliseum on Jan. 19.
Alabama Basketball Starting Lineup