TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There would be no emotional letdown for Alabama basketball against LSU.
The Crimson Tide pounded the Tigers 80-65 Tuesday night inside Coleman Coliseum. Alabama used a 26-3 run midway through the second half to put the Tigers away.
The win moved Alabama to 17-9 on the year, including 8-5 in SEC play.
All wins are tough to come by, but this one was especially big for Alabama. After beating Oklahoma, Alabama lost to Missouri. Following a win at Florida, Alabama lost at Mississippi State.
Coming off a blowout win over No. 15 Tennessee this past Saturday, it wouldn’t have been a surprise for the Crimson Tide to have a letdown on Tuesday night.
That wasn’t the case. Alabama came out hot against the Tigers, took an early second half punch and was able to regain its footing to secure the win.
This will be big for the team’s confidence going forward as they continue to work toward building a solid NCAA tournament resume.
Junior forward Donta Hall has blossomed into a force on both end for Alabama. Hall exited the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. A roaring “DONTA HALL, DONTA HALL” chant broke out from the student section as he walked toward a stationary bike.
Hall was all over the floor defensively, and on offense, he finished through contact. Hall shot 80 percent from the floor. If he continues to play like this, Alabama is going to be tough to beat down the stretch.
What Tuesday night showed is that the lineup of Collin Sexton, John Petty, Dazon Ingram, Braxton Key and Donta Hall should play the majority of the minutes of every game together.
That is Alabama’s best offensive and defensive lineup for the most part. Sexton, Ingram, Petty and Key are all good enough shooters who can penetrate and finish around the rim. Hall is a great finisher inside.
Defensively, this lineup allows Alabama to switch everything on the perimeter with Hall roaming the paint to block and alter shots. If Alabama is going to make a run in March, it’ll be on the back of this lineup with Herbert Jones and a few others like Avery Johnson Jr. and Daniel Giddens sprinkled in.
Up next for Alabama basketball
Alabama basketball will begin a two-game road swing when it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT on CBS. It will mark the only meeting between the two teams this season.
From there, Alabama plays at Auburn on Feb. 21. Alabama returns home to face Arkansas on Feb. 24.