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Superstars on Display as OU visits LSU

Buddy Hield Ben Simmons Oklahoma LSU NCAAB

Two of the nation’s most high-profile superstars square off in Baton Rouge as Buddy Hield and the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners visit Ben Simmons and the LSU Tigers in an anticipated matchup Saturday afternoon.

Shark Bites
  • Oklahoma is 6-0 ATS in its last six games versus the SEC.
  • LSU is 1-6 in its last seven games versus the Big 12.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in LSU’s last seven games overall.

At online book BetOnline, the Tigers are tabbed as 5-point underdogs for Saturday's showcase. Simmons’ talent has been well documented as the freshman is averaging 19.8 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game so far this season, but those gaudy numbers have not translated to winnings for LSU backers. The Tigers have lost six-straight games ATS (4-2 SU) and have gone just 5-12 ATS in 17 games that have offered spreads this season.

The Sooners enter Saturday’s contest on a modest ATS win streak but a win streak nonetheless. Hield and Co. snapped a four-game ATS skid (and seven ATS losses in eight), covering the spread in back-to-back games heading into Louisiana. Oklahoma has just two SU losses to date (at Kansas, at Iowa State) and will look to keep their spot at the top of the rankings with a win Saturday.

While Hield vs Simmons will be all the rage on Saturday’s college basketball schedule, from a betting perspective, it comes down to Oklahoma keeping its streak alive or LSU finally putting an end to its drought.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the LSU Tigers in this one found them listed as 7-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Sooners was expected to move the line.

Oklahoma Sooners vs LSU Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The LSU Tigers are 13-7 so far on the season, and 5-14 ATS vs the number. The Oklahoma Sooners, meanwhile, are 17-2 and 9-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen LSU go 8-11 and the Oklahoma Sooners go 11-6 on betting totals.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 37-rated Oklahoma Sooners taking on the No. 84-rated LSU Tigers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits LSU's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 81.3 PPG, against a Sooners defense that ranks No. 145 at 71.37 PPG. The Tigers field goal percentage has averaged 46.91% so far, less than the Sooners marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.73% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Sooners and Red Raiders didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Texas Tech was handed a 91-67 defeat on Tuesday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Ben Simmons scored 22 points and helped out with 22 rebounds for LSU on Tuesday, leading the Tigers to a 89-85 victory over Georgia at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Betting Trends
  • Oklahoma is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Oklahoma is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oklahoma's last 10 games
  • Oklahoma is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • LSU is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LSU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LSU's last 7 games
  • LSU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oklahoma home to TCU, Tuesday, February 2nd
LSU at Auburn, Tuesday, February 2nd