A letdown game of some kind certainly could have been expected from Alabama basketball.
Fresh off an emotional slugfest victory over Auburn this past Wednesday, the Crimson Tide putting together a lackluster game vs. LSU wouldn’t have been shocking.
There was no letdown, though. Especially not on offense.
Alabama wasn’t perfect, but the Crimson Tide still ran LSU out of the arena. Alabama beat the Tigers 109-88 on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum. It marked the sixth 100-point game for the Crimson Tide this season, a program record.
Alabama saw all five of its starters put together double-digit scoring nights.
Here are observations and takeaways from the game between Alabama (14-6, 6-1 SEC) and LSU (11-9, 3-4).
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Latrell Wrightsell shines early, but defense slows takeover
Alabama couldn’t have asked for a much better start from Wrightsell.
The senior guard had a terrific first half, knocking down four triples on seven attempts. He scored 14 points in 16 minutes of play before the break. Wrightsell also had a steal and a rebound before halftime.
His efforts didn’t give Alabama much of a lead, though. The Crimson Tide’s defense had trouble slowing LSU early. That prevented any type of momentum from giving Alabama a significant boost and going on any big runs.
Almost halfway through the opening frame, each team was averaging 1.545 points per possession. Translated: That’s strong offense and lackluster defense.
Still, the Crimson Tide managed to gain a slight lead at halftime even with the…