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Kentucky vs. LSU - 2/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LSU at Kentucky
Date & Time Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
The Line
Kentucky Wildcats -9 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
ESPN
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The 19th ranked LSU Tigers will travel to Rupp Arena to take on the 5th ranked Kentucky Wildcats in College Basketball action tonight.

The 19th ranked LSU Tigers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-4 (9-1 SEC) on the season after defeating the Auburn Tigers, 83-78, this past Saturday. LSU trailed by a 26-10 margin early in this one, however, fought back to make it just a 3-point deficit at halftime, and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 75-65 lead with 3:13 left in regulation. LSU shot just 38.9% from the field, however, outrebounded Auburn by a 47-35 margin and forced the Tigers into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Tremont Waters who had 19 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.

On the season, LSU is averaging 83.3 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Tremont Waters (15.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.1 apg, 3.0 spg), Naz Reid (13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Skylar Mays (13.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg), Ja’Vonte Smart (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The 5th ranked Kentucky Wildcats won their 10th straight game and improved to 20-3 (9-1 SEC) on the season after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 71-67, this past Saturday. Kentucky allowed Mississippi State to fight back into the game after leading by a 49-31 margin early in the 2nd half, however, recovered and was able to pull away after taking a 63-53 lead with just 5:08 left in regulation. Kentucky shot 47.4% from the field and outrebounded Mississippi State by a 35-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was PJ Washington who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Kentucky is averaging 78.7 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kentucky has been led by PJ Washington (14.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 bpg), Keldon Johnson (13.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), Tyler Herro (13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Reid Travis (11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg).

Defensively, Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 9.8 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. SEC opponents. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

LSU has won 12 of their last 13 games and although their defense can give up some points as they rank just T-231st in scoring defense, the Tigers offense has been solid as they rank 18th in scoring offense, 58th in FG%, and 17th in FT%.

Kentucky has been one of the most impressive teams in all of College Basketball over the past month and has been solid on both ends of the court as the Wildcats rank 55th in scoring offense, 37th in FG%, and 39th in scoring defense.

This is a lot of points to give a team that has the athleticism to give Kentucky a run for their money, however, Kentucky is looking pretty unstoppable as of late and as Kentucky has won by at least 8 points in each of their 4 conference home wins, including a recent 28-point victory over South Carolina, I’m going to roll with Kentucky to cover this spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Kentucky Wildcats -9

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