When you talk about big match-ups in the SEC, you usually think of college football, but we have a great one to look forward to on the hard court this coming weekend. The Oklahoma Sooners are the #1 ranked team in the nation right now (making them the current premium NCAAB betting pick), but they know that they will be in for a tough one when they head into the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers on Saturday, January 30. The college basketball betting odds for this match as well as relevant game info is listed below.
LSU vs Oklahoma Odds and Game Information
Game Odds: TBA
Live stream: WatchESPN
How to Bet Oklahoma Sooners Vs LSU Tigers
Natural betting instincts tell us that we should automatically bet on the #1 ranked team in the nation, but you should never do that without first looking to see if there is some value to be had in some of the other betting options. Can the Tigers stay close, and will these two get into a shooting match that moves the point total up? These are just a couple of he questions that need to be answered before you place your wager on this game at MyBookie.ag.
Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners (17-2, 6-2) are having a season to remember, but they are also proving that conference play can sometimes be a little tricky, as that is where both of their losses have come this season. In fairness to the Sooners, both of those losses came against ranked opponents on the road, and one of them took triple overtime to settle. Oklahoma has pretty much made short work of all the unranked teams that they have met this season, whilst also disposing of 4 teams in the top 25. They have looked a little shaky at times on the road, but again, those games were against ranked teams. The Sooners are averaging 85.8 PPG, and are giving up 71.4 PPG.
Why bet on the LSU Tigers
The Tigers (13-7, 6-2) may not be in the land of the ranked, but they are having a pretty solid season, nonetheless, especially in conference play. If you need just one reason to take the Tigers over the Sooners this weekend just take a look at what LSU did to Kentucky at the start of the year. The Tigers welcomed in the then #9 ranked Wildcats and destroyed them with a dominating 85-67 performance. You can bet that the Oklahoma coaching staff have been showing their players that tape over and over again in preparation for this one. Being the top dog doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone you meet is going to roll over and play dead. The Tigers are averaging 81.3 PPG, and are giving up 75.6 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I have a number of games picked out for my viewing pleasure on Saturday, but this is the marquee game for me. I think we are going to get an entertaining game with a lot of scoring, and I believe it will be the Oklahoma Sooners who will be able to do just enough to escape with the win.
Oklahoma Sooners 80 LSU Tigers 75