The pattern for Anthony Grant’s Alabama team this season is to create a cushion, get up to a large lead and slowly let it slip away until his team either wins or loses by a slim margin. That pattern repeated itself with Alabama’s 82-80 win over LSU on Saturday.
Alabama played probably its best basketball all season in the first half against LSU. The team was passing well, making its shots—particularly 3-pointers—and went on a 22-2 scoring run. But after amassing a 19-point lead in the first half, Alabama became stagnant on offense, stood still and got dominated by LSU’s full-court press defense. Trevor Releford had 19 points in the first half, two in the second.
“I thought it was our press. We were able to turn them over and get some easy scoring opportunities,” LSU head coach Johnny Jones said. “Guys were able to knock down shots. We got some easy layup baskets as well but we just weren’t able to turn them over.”
The Crimson Tide continued their run of average play, improving their overall record to 9-10 and SEC record to 3-3.