NCAA Basketball: LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 02/03/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 12, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide players celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball is entering full swing as we leave January behind for February. There were already some big matchups in the last few days, suuceedig which will be another banger on Wednesday. The LSU Tigers are one of the better teams this year, but the Crimson Tide have already beaten a who’s who this season.

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Even though the Crimson Tide are coming off a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, they had some big wins prior to that over the Kentucky Wildcats, Mississippi State, and a thrashing of the LSU Tigers where they scored 105 points. Alabama has a 14-4 record this season.

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The Tigers will be looking to exact revenge from their 30-point loss in that shocking game against Alabama. However, they also are coming off a tough loss at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They are 11-5 on the season and currently unranked in the AP Poll.

While Alabama are the favorites heading into this game, is there a chance for an upset? Who comes away from this clash with the win?

NCAA Basketball: The Crimson Tide makes an emphatic point over LSU?

The Crimson Tide have the two most crucial elements of modern basketball on lock. They can score threes freely while also defend them competently. However, their offense handily beat the LSU Tigers’ defense in their last game. The Tigers are considered a solid defensive team but collapsed against Alabama.

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Jan 16, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers forward Mwani Wilkinson (0) dunks the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks forward Justin Minaya (10) during the second half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

While the same shooting performance that Alabama had will be tough to repeat, they are still dangerous. The Tigers are no slouches either, and have a defense that can usually slow most teams down. Hopefully, it happens this game.

The Tigers will be lining up with Javonte Smart, Cameron Thomas, Mwani Wilkinson, Trendon Watford, and Darius Days. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide will take the floor with Joshua Primo, Alex Reese, Herbert Jones, Jaden Shackelford, and John Petty Jr.

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For our prediction, we have to go with Alabama. Their strength right now heavily outweighs the Tigers, who are missing some key players, anyway. The Crimson Tide have better talent and will build off their 30-point win two weeks ago and add another W here.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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