LSU Tigers Vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Line & Expert PickJosh Bailey
The Kentucky Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 SEC) host the LSU Tigers (18-12, 11-6 SEC) in a key game for both teams on Saturday. The game takes place at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Tip-off is at 2:00 pm ET.
Kentucky has gone 2 and 2 straight up after a 4 game winning streak. LSU has won 2 in a row straight up after losing 3 in a row straight up. Both teams go into this game having won their last contest, LSU over Missouri 80 to 71 and Kentucky over Florida 88 to 79.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats College Basketball Line
Kentucky is 9 and 7 ATS in home games this season. The Wildcats have gone 14 and 16 ATS overall. LSU has gone 10 and 17 ATS overall this season. The Tigers are 2 and 8 ATS in road games.
What: LSU Tigers Vs Kentucky Wildcats
When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Rupp Arena
Spread: Kentucky -13.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: LSU vs Kentucky
Bet The LSU Tigers Because…
LSU beat Kentucky in the last game between these 2. It wasn’t even close. The Tigers dominated the Wildcats 85 to 67 as a 3 point home dog on January 5. LSU had no answer for Tim Quarterman who scored 21 points, grabbed 10 boards and dished 7 assists. Super frosh Ben Simmons chipped in 14 points and 10 boards while Craig Victor had 15 points and 12 boards. Based on the score in the last game, LSU might just match up well with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Bet The No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats Because…
Kentucky is a better team now than they were on Jan. 5. Since the loss to LSU, Kentucky has gone 11 and 5 straight up. The Wildcats have improved on both offense and defense. Kentucky now allows 67.6 points per game from 39.5% shooting from the field. Opponents shoot 33.2% from three. Kentucky averages 78.5 points per game while shooting 47.4% from the field and 35.3% from three.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Both teams have underperformed relative to expectations this season. LSU should put up a spirited fight since the Tigers know that their only chance of garnering a bid to the NCAA Tournament is to win out during the regular season and go deep into the SEC Tournament.
The Tigers have the ability to stick with Kentucky. But, Kentucky is a much better team in Rupp Arena than they are on the road. That, coupled with the fact that Kentucky wants to garner a Top 6 seed in the Big Dance, makes them the play to win this one straight up. But, like I wrote above, I expect LSU to keep it desperately close.