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LSU forward Aaron Epps (21) has already exceeded his single-seaosn career personal bests in scoring 226 points and picking up 138 rebounds with at least seven games remaining.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

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General Info

• What: LSU (14-10, 5-7 SEC) at Alabama (16-9, 7-5 SEC)

• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

• Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tusvcaloosa, Ala.

• All-time series: Alabama leads 106-71

• Last meeting: Alabama 74, LSU 66 (Jan. 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge)

• Streaking: LSU (W1), Alabama (W4)

• TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Daymeon Fishback; analyst)

• Online: ESPN.com/watch

• Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWWL-AM, 1350; KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Chris Blair, play-by-play; John Brady, analyst)

• In game Twitter updates: @MicklesAdvocate

• Up next: vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2)

Starting Five

• PERSONAL BESTS: LSU senior Aaron Epps is making the best of his final season. The 6-foot-10 forward has already exceeded his previous career highs in points (226) and rebounds (138) with at least seven games remaining,

• SHOOTING STARS: After making 29 of 58 field-goal attempts in an 82-66 rout of Ole Miss on Saturday, LSU is a perfect 9-0 this seasoin when it connects on at least 50.0 percent of its shots from the floor.

• CORRALING COLLIN: In falling to Alabama on Jan. 13, LSU did a nice job on Crimson Tide star Collin Sexton. The Tigers held him to three points in the first half and 15 for the game and forced him to commit nine turnovers,

• TIDE DOMINANT: LSU has lost more games to Alabama (106) than any other school in the 110-year history of the Tigers program. Next on the list of Tigers tormentors is Mississippi State, which has 101 wins against LSU.

• THE LITTLE GENERAL: Tide coach Avery Johnson, a former Southern star point guard who recorded his 300th win as a head coach (counting NBA) earlier this season, is 4-1 against LSU since going to Alabama in 2015.

By the numbers

50 — Points allowed by Alabama in victories over two ranked teams — Florida and Tennessee in games on Feb. 3 and 10, respectively. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in scoring defense against league foes.

The Lineups

LSU Tigers (14-10, 5-7 SEC)

Probable starters

• G Tremont Waters, 5-11, Fr., 14.9 ppg, 6.0 apg

• G Skylar Mays, 6-4, So., 11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg

• G Daryl Edwards, 6-3, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 1.4 rpg

• F Aaron Epps, 6-10, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg

• F Duop Reath, 6-11, Sr., 14.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Key reserves

• F Wayde Sims, 6-6, So., 5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg

• G Randy Onwuasor, 6-3, Sr., 4.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg

• G Brandon Sampson, 6-5, Jr., 7.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg

Alabama Crimson Tide (16-9, 7-5 SEC)

Probable starters

• G Collin Sexton, 6-3, Fr, 18.5 ppg, 3.4 apg

• G John Petty, 6-5, Fr., 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg

• G Dazon Ingram, 6-5, So., 10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg

• F Donta Hall, 6-9, Jr., 11.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg

• F/C Daniel Giddens, 6-11, So., 4.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Key reserves

• F Braxton Key, 6-8, So., 6.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg

• G Herbert Jones, 6-7, Fr., 5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg

• G Avery Johnson Jr., 5-11, Jr., 4.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg

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