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LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick, Odds, Predition 1/7/14

Tennessee Volunteers (9-4) at LSU Tigers (9-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)

The Line: LSU Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The LSU Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers face off on Wednesday in Baton Rouge for their SEC college basketball season opener.

The LSU Tigers are 9-3 for the season and they have played the 72nd ranked schedule in the counter. LSU is 6-1 at home this season and the have played the 72nd ranked overall schedule. Johnny O’Bryant III is averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds the lead the Tigers. Jordan Mickey is averaging 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, Andre Stringer is averaging 12.5 points, and Anthony Hickey is averaging 9.2 points. LSU is averaging 78 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 37.5 percent. LSU is coming off of a four point home loss to a subpar Rhode Island team.

LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick, Odds, Predition 1/7/14

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The Tennessee Volunteers are off to a 9-4 start and have won their last three games. The Vols have played the 32nd ranked schedule in the country and they are 0-2 on the road this season. Jordan McCrae is averaging 18.9 points to lead the Volunteers. Jarnell Stokes is averaging 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds, Jeronne Maymon is averaging 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Josh Richardson is averaging 8.8 points. Tennessee is averaging 76.7 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Tennessee is off to a far better start than has been the case in recent season.

LSU is 8-3 against the spread against the SEC, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. Tennessee is 9-2 against the spread against the SEC, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 11-5 against the spread following a win. The underdog is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

LSU is favored by here and I have to believe their performance last time out was just looking past URI but I like LSU to get it together here. 

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LSU-3

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