Opening Tip: LSU at Alabama-Birmingham in men's basketball at 8 p.m. _lowres

LSU guard Keith Homsby, left, is blocked by West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) during an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

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Get the latest news and notes before the LSU at Alabama-Birmingham men's basketball game on Thursday at 8 p.m. in this blog from Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles. Click here to see the report.