Hoping to make it three straight wins in Southeastern Conference play, LSU will visit Alabama on Saturday night. The last two meetings between the Tigers and Crimson Tide have been decided by free throws in the final minute, including the most recent encounter that lasted three overtimes before the host Tigers escaped with a 97-94 victory last season. Alabama has dropped two straight but has lost only twice at home.Still basking in his team's latest wins, LSU head coach Johnny Jones views Saturday's game as a perfect opportunity to get his team ready for the road ahead. "We're looking forward to playing a very tough Alabama team who has been very good at home and have probably played one of the most difficult schedules in our conference and in preparation for conference play," Jones told the media prior to Thursday's practice. "It will be a great challenge for us on Saturday on the road before returning home to play one of the top teams in the country in Kentucky on Tuesday."TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2.ABOUT LSU (12-5, 3-2 SEC): The first step in slowing down Alabama's offense will be neutralizing leading scorer Trevor Releford, who is averaging 18.3 points. "He's one of the top guards in our conference," Jones said Thursday. "You certainly have to put a lot of time and energy into him." Tigers leading scorer Johnny O'Bryant III scored 38 points in the last two wins after managing a combined 41 in the previous four games.ABOUT ALABAMA (8-10, 2-3 SEC): Following Thursday's loss to then-No. 6 Florida, it was clear to head coach Anthony Grant where his team needed to improve. "If you look at the numbers on the glass, that was the difference in the game," Grant told reporters after the game. Alabama is 1-8 on the season when being outrebounded, an area the Tigers will look to exploit.TIP-INS1. Alabama has won 14 of its last 15 conference home games.2. LSU F Jordan Mickey leads the SEC in blocked shots with 62 and has 13 over the last three games.3. Alabama G Retin Obasohan sat out Thursday's game against Florida with a hip flexor. Obasohan is the team's second-leading scorer at 12.2 points a game and the SEC's steals leader with 41.PREDICTION: LSU 69, Alabama 65