LSU vs. Kentucky - 2/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (20-5) at LSU Tigers (18-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)
The Line: LSU Tigers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The LSU Tigers (18-7) will host the Kentucky Wildcats (20-5) on Tuesday, February 18th for a SEC match up at the Pete Mavarich Assembly Center in Baton Rogue, LA. The game is scheduled for a 8:00pm central tip off.
The Kentucky Wildcats will enter this game after winning 4 of their last 5 games. Their most recent match up was against Ole Miss where they took a 67-62 victory led by Immanuel Quickley with 17 points and 3 rebounds and Nick Richards who provided a dominant inside presence with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Kentucky really struggled from the perimeter this game shooting a woeful 2-22 from behind the arc. They dominated this game in the paint however outscoring Ole Miss 32-20 for points in the paint.
On the season, Kentucky is averaging 75.1 points per game while shooting 46%. They are holding their opponents to 65.5 points per game for a differential of 9.6 points. Kentucky is averaging 4.6 three-pointers a game and are converting at 31.9%. The Wildcats are led by the core group of Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans who are all averaging 12+ points per game.
The LSU Tigers will attempt to protect home floor where they are 13-1 this season. They are coming off an 82-88 loss to Alabama where senior guard Skylar Mays led the team with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The Tigers were down early and had a tough time catching up as they allowed the Crimson Tide to convert 13 three-pointers for the game.
On the season, LSU are averaging 80.2 points per game and are giving up 72.7. They are shooting 47.7% from the field while holding their opponents to 41.9%. LSU has many threats in the offense with all five starters averaging 11+ points per game. Kentucky will have to lock up defensively as a unit as the scoring can come from anywhere.
Kentucky is 3-2 ATS in their last five games whereas LSU are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. Kentucky is 5-2 on the road this season and this will be one of their toughest tests of the year. I expect this one to be a high scoring match up of the two top teams in the SEC. Although LSU have been struggling lately this seems like the perfect bounce back spot for them taking on the number 10 ranked Kentucky at home. I’ll take LSU to cover the small spread at home. Good Luck !