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LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Predictions, Picks, Odds

The LSU Tigers (19-8, 7-7 SEC) travel to meet the Kentucky Wildcats (22-5, 11-3) on Wednesday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Kentucky 71 LSU 66

Best Bets

  • LSU +8 (-110)
  • Under 142.5 (-105)

LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Predictions

After a three-game losing streak from Jan. 29-Feb. 5, with each setback as a favorite, LSU appeared to be righting the ship with wins at Texas A&M and home against Mississippi State and Georgia from Feb. 8-16. However, it's back to the drawing board after another stunning loss at South Carolina last time out, again as a favorite. Since Jan. 12, the Tigers are a dismal 4-7 SU, tumbling down the SEC standings after attaining a Top 10 ranking at one point.

The Wildcats are seeking revenge after a 65-60 loss in Baton Rouge back on Jan. 4 when things were going quite a bit better for the Tigers. Lately, Kentucky has had no such troubles, going 7-1 SU across the past eight outings dating back to Jan. 25. That includes an impressive 90-81 victory over Alabama at Rupp as 5.5-point favorites on Saturday as the OVER connected. In fact, the 90 points were the most scored since Big Blue dropped 107 on Tennessee in a conference tilt Jan. 15.

LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds

  • LSU +250
  • Kentucky -294
  • LSU +8 (-110)
  • Kentucky -6.5 (-114)
  • Over 142 (-108)
  • Under 142.5 (-105)

LSU Tigers Betting Analysis

  • SU 19-8
  • ATS 16-11
  • OU 10-17

The Tigers were one of the best bets against the number early in the season, opening on a 5-0 ATS run, while going 13-3 ATS across the first 16 games, including the first meeting with the Cats. The Tigers have been mostly toothless lately, going 3-8 ATS across the past 11 games, going from play to fade in a quick hurry.

LSU is 1-4 ATS in the past five games on the road, and 1-4 ATS in the past five on the road against teams with a winning overall road mark, too. In addition, the Tigers are a dismal 1-7 ATS in the past eight tries against teams with a winning overall record.

For totals, it's been all OVER all the time for LSU lately, cashing in seven of the past eight games overall, while hitting the OVER is six straight following a non-cover and four in a row following a straight-up loss, too.

Kentucky Wildcats Betting Analysis

  • SU 22-5
  • ATS 13-14
  • OU 13-14

The Wildcats have alternated covers and non-covers across the past eight games. Kentucky covered against Alabama last time out, and the last time it had covers in consecutive games was Jan. 11-15 at Vanderbilt and home to Tennessee.

Kentucky has fared well at home against the number, cashing in seven of the past 10 games overall, while going 5-2 ATS in the past seven home games against teams with a losing road record. They haven't had a good time trying to stack covers, however, going just 5-16 ATS in the past 21 games following a cover in the previous outing.

The OVER is 6-1 in the past seven games at home, while going 4-1 in the past five at home against teams with a losing road mark.

Inside the Stats – LSU Tigers

  • Record: 19-8
  • PS/G: 73.1 (135th)
  • PA/G: 61.9 (21st)
  • ORtg: 102.1 (189th)
  • DRtg: 86.4 (2nd)

Inside the Stats – Kentucky Wildcats

  • Record: 22-5
  • PS/G: 80.9 (9th)
  • PA/G: 65.3 (63rd)
  • ORtg: 114.9 (7th)
  • DRtg: 92.6 (33rd)

Key Players to Watch

  • LSU: Darius Days - F (16.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.1 BPG, 1.0 APG)
  • LSU: Tari Eason - F (13.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 APG)
  • UK: Oscar Tshiebwe - F (16.4 PPG, 15.2 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 1.1 APG, 59.3 FG%)
  • UK: Tyty Washington, Jr. - G (12.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 3.6 RPG, 1.2 SPG)

LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Conclusion

Kentucky has some injury issues which could make this game a little more interesting and closer. Gs Tyty Washington Jr. (ankle) and Sahvir Wheeler (wrist) are listed on the injury report. Washington is the team's second-leading scorer with 12.4 PPG, which also ranking second with 4.1 APG. Wheeler leads the teams in dimes with 7.1 APG, so if one or both are sidelined, the backcourt will certainly have some issues. F Oscar Tshiebwe already is a one-man wrecking crew, and he would need someone to help out in the scoring department if Washington is out. LSU could be catching a huge break if both players are down.

The way LSU has been going, taking the points would be a bad idea, but with Kentucky's backcourt ailments, catching four buckets is a nice little gift for the purple and gold. Tshiebwe will get his, but if there is no Washington or Wheeler, hit LSU and hit them hard.

LSU Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends

  • LSU is 2-7 ATS in the past nine games overall.
  • LSU is 1-4 ATS in the past five road games.
  • LSU is 1-7 ATS in the past eight vs. winning teams.
  • Kentucky is 7-3 ATS in the past 10 home games.
  • Kentucky is 5-16 ATS in the past 21 following an ATS win.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in the past eight games for LSU.
  • The OVER is 6-0 for LSU in the past six following an ATS loss.
  • The OVER is 4-0 for LSU in the past four following a SU loss.
  • The OVER is 6-1 for Kentucky in the past seven home games.
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