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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Tigers underdogs vs Wildcats at Kentucky

LSU Tigers Kentucky Wildcats
16-9 February 22, 2014, 04:00 | Rupp Arena 20-6



A key college battle sees the visiting LSU Tigers travelling to Kentucky Saturday to take on the Wildcats.

The Wildcats sit at 20-6 (14-9-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tigers are currently 16-9 (7-12-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 12-12 OU, and LSU is 13-7-1 OU.

View LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Wildcats installed as -12.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 17-ranked Wildcats and the No. 114-rated Tigers in this matchup.

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Last time out for LSU, they were a 92-81 winner as they battled Mississippi State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 15-point favorite. Jarell Martin scored 20 points leading the Tigers to a 92-81 victory over Mississippi State at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday.

Kentucky was an 84-70 winner in its last match on the road against Mississippi. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Julius Randle scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Kentucky over Mississippi, 84-70, on Tuesday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kentucky's No. 6-rated squad against LSU's No. 9-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kentucky rates No. 204 in the country with 5.19 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 94 nationally with 6.68 per match.

A few Tigers at Wildcats trends to consider:
LSU is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
LSU is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
LSU is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
LSU is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Kentucky is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games
Kentucky is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home


Next up:
LSU home to Texas A&M, Wednesday, February 26th
Kentucky at Arkansas, Thursday, February 27th