Live Updates: No. 18/16 Alabama Basketball at LSU

The two top teams in the SEC square off on the hardwood as the Crimson Tide takes on the Tigers in Baton Rouge
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Second Half

  • Final score: Alabama 105, LSU 75.
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  • Miles hits a free throw to give the Crimson Tide 105. Misses his second.
  • 105 points is the most scored by the Crimson Tide under Nate Oats, which occurred last season against Georgia. Alabama currently has 104 points.
  • Miles good from beyond the arc, and we have a new Alabama/SEC record for most threes in a game with 23. 104-65 Alabama with just under three minutes left in the game.
  • Wall misses his free throw, but the Crimson Tide now has 101 points in the contest.
  • Wall with the layup and is also fouled on the way up. He'll get the and-one opportunity. The Alabama bench exploded when wall went down on the floor.
  • Technical foul on LSU coach Will Wade. He's been giving the refs a tough time tonight, and the officials had finally had enough. Keon Ellis makes one of his two free throws.
  • Miles gets a layup. The Crimson Tide is just two points away from scoring triple digits.
  • Under-8 media timeout. With 7:15 to go, the Crimson Tide has held on to its 40-point lead. 96-56 Crimson Tide.
  • Darius Miles with another three-pointer by Quinerly. That's 22, tying the Alabama/SEC record.
  • Keon Ambrose-Hylton gets a layup to give Alabama 91 points. Quinerly follows is up with another layup. 93-56 Alabama.
  • Back-to-back-to-back threes for Quinerly. That makes 21 threes for Alabama — one shy of the program/SEC record of 22.
  • Petty has 24 points in the game thus far, but Primo has cut the gap and now has 22 points of his own.
  • Under-12 timeout. Alabama leads 86-46 — that's right, a 40-lead with just under 11:17 left in the game.
  • Back-to-back threes from Quinerly. 20 three-pointers for the Crimson Tide.
  • Quinerly with his fourth three. That makes 19 for Alabama. The NCAA record for threes as a team in a game is 28. 81-46 Crimson Tide.
  • LSU timeout with 13:23 to go in the game.
  • Another three from deep for Primo. He is now 6-for-7 from deep. 78-44 Crimson Tide. That makes 18 threes in the game for Alabama.
  • Petty good from deep. Make it 17 threes for the Crimson Tide. 73-44 Alabama.
  • Jones hits a three-pointer, and with that the Crimson Tide has 16 threes in the game.
  • Back-to-back dunks for LSU's Wilkinson.
  • Josh Primo is now 5-for-5 from deep.
  • Reese opens the scoring with a layup.
  • Alabama will get the ball to start the second half.

Halftime

  • Petty has 21 points in the first half. No, that's not a typo. He is currently 7-for-8 from deep and also has three rebounds and an assist.
  • Primo has 12 points and three rebounds, Jones 12 points and three rebounds and Quinerly 11 points and one rebound.
  • Combined, the Crimson Tide is shooting 66-percent from the floor and 74-percent from beyond the arc. Alabama has 14 threes — eight shy of the program record for most in a game.
  • For LSU, Watford leads the Tigers with 10 points in the first half. He also has three rebounds and assist. He is the only Tiger to reach double digits in scoring thus far.

First Half

  • Halftime: Alabama 60, LSU 32.
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  • Layup good by Quinerly. Watford hits a three at the buzzer to close out the half.
  • Back-to-back three for Primo. 14 in the game for the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama gets called for a delay of game warning. Primo doesn't like that and nails a three from the corner. Alabama now has 13 three-pointers in the game.
  • A questionable call on Reese send Watford to the line. Watford hits both free throws. 52-29 Crimson Tide with just under two minutes left in the first half.
  • Shackelford scores in transition after an impressive rebound effort by Jones. On the ensuing LSU possession, Jones picks up another rebound.
  • Media timeout. With 3:51 to go, Alabama still leads 50-27.
  • Alabama's record for three-pointers in a game is 22. The Crimson Tide currently sits at 12.
  • LSU takes its first trip to the free-throw line. Cameron Thomas makes both free throws. 50-27 Crimson Tide with 4:23 to go in the first half.
  • Javonta Smart hits a deep three. Shackelford responds with two.
  • Petty misses his first three of the night. He is now 7-for-8 from three.
  • Petty has now started the game 7-for-7 from beyond the arc. Timeout LSU. 48-22 Crimson Tide.
  • At the media break, Alabama is shooting 74-percent from the floor and 79-percent from three.
  • LSU simply can't keep up with the barrage from deep. Petty with another three. 43-20 Crimson Tide at the 7:45 mark. Media timeout.
  • Another three for Quinerly. He's now 3-for-3 from deep.
  • Rojas has been sidelined for what looks like a busted nose. He is bleeding, but should be fine.
  • Quinerly hits a deep three, and by deep I mean about 10 feet from half court. 35-12 Crimson Tide.
  • Media timeout. Here are some quick comparison stats at the under-12 mark:
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  • Jones makes both. He is no 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to start the game. 32-12 Alabama.
  • Jones will go to the line again after being fouled on the way up in the paint.
  • Quinerly knocks down a three. Alabama has 30 points and we aren't even 10 minutes into the first half.
  • Alabama is currently shooting 90 percent from the floor and 88 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Jones hits the layup for two. Timeout LSU. The Crimson Tide is up 27-6 with 13:50 to go in the first half.
  • Herb Jones is fouled on the way in. Two free throws awarded. He makes both. 25-6 Alabama.
  • Petty hits his fifth three. Petty has 15 points in just over five minutes on the court. 23-4 Crimson Tide at the 14:35 mark.
  • Another three for Primo. That's six threes in the first four minutes. Alabama basketball is on fire from beyond the arc. 18-4 Alabama. LSU gets called for a traveling violation on its ensuing possession. Alabama ball after the first media timeout.
  • And now it's Primo's turn for a three. Five threes for the Crimson Tide in the first four minutes of the game.
  • Before that last update was even finished, Petty drained another three. He is now 4-for-4 from deep. 12-4 Crimson Tide.
  • That makes three threes in a row for Petty. This time from deep with Trendon Watford standing right in front of him.
  • Petty hits his second three-pointer of the game. Crimson Tide up 6-2 at the 17:50 mark.
  • Petty gets the rebound, then shoots a deep three. Alabama scores the first points of the game.
  • Alabama wins the opening tip, Shackelford turns the ball over. We are officially underway in Baton Rouge.

Pregame

  • You gotta love this hype video sent out by Alabama Basketball earlier today:
  • Alabama starting five: Jaden Shackelford (G), John Petty Jr. (G), Josh Primo (G), Alex Reese (F), Herb Jones (W).
  • LSU starting five: Javonte Smart (G), Cameron Thomas (G), Mwani Wilkinson (F), Trendon Watford (F), Darius Days (F).
  • Tonight's officials: Tony Greene, Terry Oglesby, Lee Cassell.

Preview

For the second straight year, LSU will be taking on an Alabama team that has just suffered an injury to a key player.

However, this time the player in question won't miraculously return to the court.

While Herbert Jones was able to play last time against the Tigers in Coleman Coliseum on Feb. 15, 2020 — wearing a cast on his fractured wrist — he was able to tally six points including two free throws in the last minute to give Alabama the win.

For grad-student Jordan Bruner, that opportunity will not be available.

Bruner suffered a torn meniscus last Tuesday at Kentucky. With the recovery estimated to be four to six weeks, his presence will be missed for the Alabama roster.

However, all is not lost for Alabama.

Since Bruner's absence, several Crimson Tide players have stepped up in his place. Chiefly among these players is John Petty Jr., who had a relatively slow start to the season. Since Jones went down at Kentucky, Petty has led the Crimson Tide in points in both matchups with 23 points against the Wildcats and 17 points on Saturday afternoon against Arkansas.

For LSU, freshman guard Cameron Thomas and sophomore forward Trendon Watford will provide Alabama with a lot of issues. Thomas and Watford are currently first and second on the team in points, with Watford also second on the team in rebounds with 77.

The Tigers have a solid roster this season and it will definitely give the Crimson Tide some trouble on Tuesday.

Alabama is currently first in the SEC with an overall record of 11-3 and a conference record of 6-0. LSU is 10-2 overall, with an SEC record of 5-1.

Regardless of the outcome, Tuesday night has the potential to be one of the best SEC matchups of the season.

Game Information

Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center

When: 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network

Online: ESPN.com

Last time out, Alabama: The Crimson Tide won its seventh-consecutive game — making it 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play — by defeating Arkansas inside Coleman Coliseum 90-59 on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard John Petty Jr. led the team in points with 17, while freshman guard Josh Primo had the most rebounds with five. Senior wing Herb Jones played 22 minutes despite dislocating a finger against Kentucky, tallying 13 points on offense and a block and two steals on defense. Sophomore guard Jahvon Quinerly also returned to the court for the first time in two weeks due to an unspecified medical condition. While Quinerly did not look like his usual self, he will no doubt benefit from the minutes that he played heading into LSU.

Last time out, LSU: The Tigers squeaked past South Carolina in LSU's second game of a three-game home stand, defeating the Gamecocks 85-80. The Tigers had four players shoot for double-digit points, including freshman guard Cameron Thomas, who led the team with 25 points. LSU star forward Trendon Watford — who hails from Mountain Brook, Ala. — tallied 23 points of his own in addition to seven rebounds and two steals. While Alabama fans might not be happy to hear this, a close win over a lower team in the SEC like South Carolina could be just what LSU needed to put an uptick in the team's effort heading into Tuesday night.

The series: This will be the 133rd meeting, with Alabama owning a 80-52 edge in the series. The Crimson Tide has won six of the last nine meetings with the Tigers, with LSU's three wins coming in a two-game season sweep in 2018-2019 and its first meeting against Alabama in the second half of the 2019-2020 season. The Crimson Tide has won three of the last five meetings at Pete Maravich, but has been unable to win for the last two visits. As far as all-time points differential, Alabama scores on average 73.1 points per game against LSU, while the Tigers put up an average of 71 points per game — a difference of 2.1 in favor of the Crimson Tide.

More on the last meeting: Kira Lewis Jr. and Jaden Shackelford tallied 27 and 26 points each, respectively, taking down LSU in Coleman Coliseum 88-82. The Tigers entered the game ranked No. 25 in the country, propelled forward by the teams freshman phenom Trendan Watford. While Lewis and Shackelford led the team in points, it was wing Herbert Jones who was the main story from the game. Playing with a cast on his wrist due to a fracture, Jones totaled six points — two of them being game-winning free throws in the final minutes to put Alabama just out of reach of LSU.

This story will be updated live with updates, stats and information as the game progresses.