Kentucky at LSU Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV CoverageJosh Bailey
Top-ranked Kentucky keeps racking up the wins and currently sit a pair of wins away from their best start in their storied history and standing in their way are the LSU Tigers in an SEC showdown in Baton Rouge.
"I think every team really wants to beat us just because we have the No. 1 ranking at the moment and just that bulls-eye on our backs," point guard Andrew Harrison said. "I’ve been trying to tell the team, just take it personal. They’re trying to rush the floor on us and everything. Don’t let them do that."
LSU is hoping for a repeat of fortunes after beating Kentucky last February in Baton Rouge for its lone win in the past eight meetings.
A Closer Look At The Kentucky at LSU Odds, My Final Score Prediction & TV Coverage
Matchup: (1) Kentucky Wildcats at LSU Tigers
Date: Feb. 10, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Kentucky Vs LSU
Kentucky Will Cover the Spread If
The Wildcats defensive pressure can cause turnovers that they convert quickly into points.
Kentucky is ranked first in field goal percentage allowed at 33.5% and second in points allowed at 51.5 per game. The Wildcats allow teams to shoot only 27.3% against it from behind the arc. But as good as the defense is, it doesn’t always force turnovers and when it does force turnovers, it’s difficult some times for Kentucky to turn those turnovers into quick points.
Without doing that, Kentucky will have trouble covering the spread against LSU whose program is rising and plays the Wildcats at home. Kentucky has to push the pace on turnovers or else John Calipari’s squad could be in a battle just for the win against the Tigers, much less to cover the spread.
LSU Will Cover the Spread If
LSU’s big men can control the paint.
LSU has a legit SEC Player of the Year candidate in Jordan Mickey who averages 17 points and 11 boards per game. Mickey could counter anything that Willey Cauley-Stein tries to do for the Wildcats. But, Mickey isn’t the only talented inside player for the Tigers. Jarrell Martin averages 16 points and 9 boards per game. Also, 6’ 6” guard Tim Quarterman can light it up when need be and is as athletic as any guard that Kentucky has faced so far this season.
If the Tigers can get Mickey and Martin going early to open some things up for Quarterman, LSU not only has a shot at covering the spread, but they also have a shot at beating Kentucky straight up in this game. LSU is well-suited to finally hand the Wildcats their first “L” of the season.
My College Hoops Final Score Prediction – LSU Tigers 69, Kentucky Wildcats 68