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SEC Tournament betting - Kentucky Wildcats host LSU Tigers in college basketball action

LSU TigersKentucky Wildcats
19-12March 14, 2014, 07:00 | Georgia Dome22-9

LSU hits the hard court against the Wildcats of Kentucky riding a 4-game ATS streak against their talented rivals.

So when the point spread in this SEC tournament battle goes up, don't be surprised to see oddsmakers give some respect to the Tigers. (Watch for opening spreads and the best dog lines at Bovada).

The Wildcats sit at 22-9 (14-14-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tigers are currently 19-12 (11-14-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 14-15 OU, and LSU is 15-11-1 OU.

View LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds and Stats.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 78-rated Wildcats and the No. 171-ranked Tigers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for LSU, they were a 68-56 winner as they battled Alabama at home. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Tigers grabbed a 68-56 win over the Crimson Tide on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Shavon Coleman at Georgia Dome.

Kentucky was an 84-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats got 16 points from Julius Randle, but it was Florida that prevailed in an 84-65 final on Saturday at Stephen O'Connell Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kentucky has the nation's No. 38-rated offensive output, at 76.32 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 159 allowing on average 70.81 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 45.17% so far, more than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.49% per game.