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Arkansas vs. LSU - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU at Arkansas
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Bud Walton Arena
Fayetteville, AR
The Line
Arkansas Razorbacks -1 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
SEC Network
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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet in SEC conference collge basketball action from Bud Walton Arena on Saturday evening.

The LSU Tigers come into this game looking to build on their current 4-game winning streak after an 88-79 win over Alabama last time out. Tremont Waters led LSU with 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 7 assists while Ja’Vonte Smart added 15 points and 5 assists. Darius Days and Kavell Bigby-Williams each had 14 points to round out the scoring in double figures for LSU in the win, with Bigby-Williams pulling down 13 rebounds while adding 5 blocks for the double-double while Days shot 5 of 10 with 3 triples. Nax Reid added 7 points with 3 blocks while Marlon Taylor added 4 points and 3 steals. Skylar Mays was held to 8 points with a pair of steals but still leads LSU in scoring with 13.1 points per game while Waters leads the Tigers in assists with 5.6 assists per game and Emmitt Williams leads the Tigers on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, LSU is averaging 81.2 points per game on 49% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the 3-point line and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will look to rebound after a 57-51 loss to Florida in their last outing. Mason Jones led the Hogs by accounting for almost 60% of Arkansas’ scoring with 30 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 4 threes and a 12 of 13 mark from the foul line as the only Arkansas player to score in double figures in the loss. Daniel Gafford fell one points hy of a double-double with 9 points along with a team-high 12 rebounds while Gabe Osabuohlen added 8 rebounds as well in the loss. Gafford leads the Razorbacks with an average of 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while Jalen Harris leads Arkansas in assists with 6.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 79 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 34% from 3-point range and 64.3% from the foul line this season.

LSU is 1-8-3 ATS in their last 12 road games and 17-35-4 ATS in their last 56 games following a win while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record. Arkansas is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record. LSU is 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams at Arkansas.

LSU has had a history of struggles at the Bud Walton Arena in the past, but that doesn’t mean I’m not surprised to see Arkansas as a favorite here. Yes, the Gators play solid defense, but how am I supposed to have faith in a team that was held to just 51 points in their last outing. Arkansas is also 7-3 SU at home this season, but the Hogs haven’t covered in any of their last 6 home games and haven’t covered in 6 of their last 7 games overall so I’ll take the free point with LSU as I see the Tigers getting their first road win of the year.

LSU +1

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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