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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Wildcats over Tigers

Kentucky WildcatsLSU Tigers
15-4January 28, 2014, 09:00 | Pete Maravich Assembly Center12-6

The visiting Kentucky Wildcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Tuesday as they look to cover the spread at Pete Maravich Assembly Center against the LSU Tigers.

LSU battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 15-4 mark (10-6-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-6-1 for the Tigers and 9-8 for the Wildcats.

View Kentucky Wildcats vs LSU Tigers Odds and Stats.

The Tigers were listed as 1.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 84 (Tigers) and the No. 15 (Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Kentucky was a 79-54 winner in its last match at home against Georgia. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats blew out Georgia on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 79-54 win at Rupp Arena.

Last time out for LSU, they were an 82-80 loser as they battled Alabama on the road. They earned a push in the match as a 2-point underdog. Johnny O'Bryant III scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Tigers to a win (they lost 82-80 to Alabama at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 5 in NCAA Division 1 with 42.42 per game. That compares with LSU’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where LSU is college basketball's No. 111-ranked team at 6.39 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 214 with 5.05 per game.

A few Wildcats at Tigers trends to consider:
Kentucky is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Kentucky is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Kentucky is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
LSU is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games
LSU is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LSU's last 5 games
LSU is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Kentucky at Missouri, Saturday, February 1st
LSU at Arkansas, Saturday, February 1st