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College Basketball Matchup - Kentucky Wildcats LSU Tigers Odds Preview

LSU TigersKentucky Wildcats
March 9, 1:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

18-13TEAM RECORD30-1

The Wildcats will try to cover the spread at New Orleans Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the LSU Tigers in college basketball action.

This is a conference playoff game in the SEC Tournament. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (New Orleans Arena).

Supporters of the Tigers have watched them go 18-13 and 17-11 ATS on the year, while the Wildcats are at 30-1 and 13-17 ATS. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 11-16-2, while the Tigers have a 12-16 mark.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Wildcats as 16.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Wildcats) and the No. 73 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 85-68 result in favor of the Wildcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kentucky's No. 16-ranked scoring average of 77.7 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 80 and allowing 63.3 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 49% to date this season, more than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (40.9% per game).

Defensively, LSU features the nation's No. 137-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.3 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, LSU was a 70-54 winner at home against Arkansas. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Johnny O'Bryant III scored 18 points leading the Tigers to a 70-54 victory over Arkansas at New Orleans Arena on Thursday.

Kentucky was a 74-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Florida. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Anthony Davis scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, leading Kentucky over Florida, 74-59, on Sunday at Stephen O'Connell Center.

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
After playing Arkansas are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing Florida are 9-1
After a win are 10-0

A few Tigers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing LSU
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games when playing LSU