Bama faces tough test vs No. 22 LSU

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FILE PHOTO – JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MARCH 23: Javonte Smart #1 of the LSU Tigers reacts as they take on the Maryland Terrapins during the second half of the game in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vystar Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Alabama (12-7, 4-2) vs. No. 22 LSU (15-4, 6-0)

Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 22 LSU presents a tough challenge for Alabama. Alabama has won one of its three games against ranked teams this season. LSU has moved up to No. 22 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Florida and Texas last week.

TEAM LEADERS: The versatile Skylar Mays has averaged 15.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals to lead the way for the Tigers. Complementing Mays is Emmitt Williams, who is putting up 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Crimson Tide are led by Kira Lewis Jr., who is averaging 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Lewis has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Alabama field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 17 field goals and 15 assists in those games.

PERFECT WHEN: Alabama is a perfect 7-0 when it holds an opponent to 72 points or fewer. The Crimson Tide are 5-7 when opponents score more than 72.

STREAK SCORING: LSU has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 74.3 points while giving up 68.8.

DID YOU KNOW: The LSU offense has scored 79.6 points per game this season, ranking the Tigers 22nd among Division 1 teams. The Alabama defense has allowed 76.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 286th).

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