LSU men's basketball vs. Alabama: When, where, how to watch, and betting lines

Jan 24, 2024; Athens, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers guard Jalen Cook (3) reacts after scoring a basket
Jan 24, 2024; Athens, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers guard Jalen Cook (3) reacts after scoring a basket / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU men’s basketball team is in Tuscaloosa this evening to lock horns with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The season is still young, but the Tigers cannot afford a loss.

Matt McMahon’s squad desperately needs a big conference win to boost his transitioning program. A Saturday night win over the Alabama men’s basketball team will accomplish such. The Crimson Tide are 5-1 in SEC play and coming off a big win over No. 8 Auburn on Wednesday. Tonight, Alabama is back on their home floor with LSU men’s basketball in town. 

Here are the game’s details.

LSU Tigers (11-8) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-6)

Game time: Saturday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. CST

Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Television: ESPN

Streaming: ESPN+ (Requires cable, satellite, or streaming TV service subscription)

Radio: Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge / LSU Sports Radio Network

LSU vs. South Carolina odds: FanDuel lists the Tigers as +12.5 point underdogs with a +660 money line. The over/under is currently set at 161.5 points. 

The spread says it all; few expect an LSU men’s basketball victory this evening. Such is supported by ESPN’s matchup predictor, a tool that lists the Tigers’ chances of a winning as 7.2%.

Unfortunately, LSU is trending down via back-to-back SEC losses. Such includes Wednesday’s last-second loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.

McMahon’s team started conference play strong, earning wins over Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. However, the LSU men’s basketball team continues to struggle closing games against the sport’s more polished lineups. But if there’s a silver lining, the Tigers are keep most games close. 

Except for a 93-78 loss at Auburn, LSU has played all SEC opponents tough this season. It’s an improvement over the disjointed results we witnessed from McMahon’s program last season. Indeed, the Tigers remain a work in progress, but the time is now to begin bucking trends.

One trend LSU must alter is beating Alabama on the road. The Tide have won 7-of-the-last-8 meetings with the Tigers in Tuscaloosa. 

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Getting a win tonight requires LSU to rebound and keep up with Alabama’s stellar guards.