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LSU edges Alabama in OT to bolster NCAA Tournament position

The Tigers and Crimson Tide could both use a big win.

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Louisiana State
LSU Tigers forward Darius Days drives to the basket against Alabama Crimson Tide forward Juwan Gary during the first half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
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Update: Tari Eason made an insane two-way play by blocking a three-point attempt and then breaking out for the go-ahead layup to give LSU the late 78-77 overtime lead. Alabama had a late opportunity but JD Davison kept dribbling while the shot clock ran out. LSU’s Eric Gaines would go on to sink two free throws to give the Tigers a 80-77 win in a key rivalry contest.

The LSU Tigers and No. 25 Alabama Crimson Tide are both fighting for positioning in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, with both programs attempting to secure their spot in the dance. The Tigers and Crimson Tide had a great chance to make a late impression on the selection committee Saturday when the teams met in Baton Rouge.

The Crimson Tide were able to avoid disaster late, as officials missed a travel call and ultimately gave Alabama two free throws. Keon Ellis hit both to tie the game at 72-72. Senior Darius Days, who was able to hit a go-ahead jumper late, was unable to hit a potential winner as the game went into overtime.

According to the broadcast, both LSU and Alabama are in the tournament per CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm. Obviously, a win over the opponent on the bubble would elevate that side’s chances of making the tournament for sure.