2020 Kentucky vs LSU NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

2020 Kentucky vs LSU NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on February 18, 2020

On Tuesday night, the Kentucky Wildcats head to Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers. Kentucky is in first place in the SEC. A win puts them into a better position to grab a top 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. For LSU, a victory gives them a chance to show they deserve a top 6-seed. Can LSU win and cover as the home fave? Or, will Kentucky punish the rival Tigers? Check out NCAA basketball odds, a preview, and a free pick for Kentucky vs LSU!

2020 Kentucky vs LSU NCAAB Odds, Preview & Pick

Why Kentucky Wildcats are a good bet +2 ½

The Wildcats have won 4 in a row straight up. Since a 66-75 loss to Auburn on Feb. 1, the Wildcats have beaten Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss. The lone game during the streak where Kentucky didn’t cover happened in their last. As a -10 chalk against Mississippi, Kentucky beat the Rebels 67-62. No worries. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 head-to-head matchups.  

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 75.1
  • Field Goal %: 46
  • 3-Point %: 31.9
  • Free Throw %: 78.9
  • Rebounds/G: 35.4
Defense:
  • Points/G: 65.5
  • Field Goal %: 38.5
  • 3-Point %: 29.5
  • Free Throw %: 68.4
  • Rebounds/G: 29.4

Why LSU Tigers are a good bet -2 ½

LSU failed in their last game. But if we look at the 3 games before their last, they stepped it up. This includes losing by a point, 90-91, to Auburn in overtime. That matchup happened on February 8. Louisiana State is one of those college hoops teams that step it up against their biggest rivals. Kentucky is a major rival. LSU beat Kentucky 73-71 last February. Don’t think for a moment the Tigers didn’t circle this game when this season’s schedule came out. Expect LSU to show their best on Tuesday night.   

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 80.8
  • Field Goal %: 47.4
  • 3-Point %: 31.4
  • Free Throw %: 77.4
  • Rebounds/G: 37.2
Defense:
  • Points/G: 72.7
  • Field Goal %: 41.9
  • 3-Point %: 34.5
  • Free Throw %: 70.5
  • Rebounds/G: 30.2

NCAAB Betting Trends for Kentucky Wildcats vs LSU Tigers

  • Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games versus a team with a winning home record
  • Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
  • Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog
  • Underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings
  • Over is 6-1 ATS in Kentucky’s last 7 games following an ATS loss
  • LSU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games
  • Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
  • LSU is 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite
  • Over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 overall

Kentucky vs LSU Final NCAAB Betting Analysis:

Louisiana State is a good enough team to hang with Auburn. That makes LSU a solid choice to cover against Kentucky on Feb. 18. But the Tigers aren’t the pick. The problem with backing LSU is getting over their last lost, an 82-88 game versus Alabama.

Although Alabama doesn’t have a great basketball program, the Crimson Tide are rivals with LSU in every sport. The Tigers didn’t step it up against the Tide. Why would they step it up against the Wildcats? Also, every trend favors Kentucky, including Louisiana State’s 1-4 ATS record in their last 5. Back Kentucky on the moneyline if you want to take a risk. If not, take the 2 ½.

NCAAB Free Pick: Kentucky +2 ½  

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