Wildcats vs. Tigers Prediction
The 10th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are road underdogs tonight at the LSU Tigers. Is a bet on Kentucky to pull off the minor upset the right way to go?
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 9PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Tigers are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 150.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 51 percent of public bets are siding with host Louisiana State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Wildcats escape Rebels
Kentucky held on for a 67-62 home win Saturday over Mississippi to improve to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats outscored the Rebels 42-35 in the second half after trailing by two at the break. Immanuel Quickley paced Kentucky with 17 points on 4-of-15 shooting including 1-of-8 from 3-point range plus 8-of-10 at the free throw line. He also tallied three rebounds and two assists. Nick Richards accounted for 16 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Tyrese Maxey added 14 points, five caroms and three assists.
Tigers fall at Crimson Tide
Louisiana State lost by a score of 88-82 Saturday at Alabama to drop to 18-7 overall and 9-3 in conference play. The Tigers trailed 40-29 at halftime and were unable to recover. Skylar Mays paced LSU with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point range plus 4-of-6 at the charity stripe. He also registered nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Trendon Watford contributed 18 points and four boards. Javonte Smart accounted for 16 points, four dimes and two rebounds. Emmitt Williams added 13 points and 10 caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Louisiana State is 1-7-1 ATS in its last nine games as a favorite.
The Tigers have struggled as of late with three losses in their last four games including an embarrassing defeat against Vanderbilt. While Kentucky is a flawed team, it is also one with serious talent and I think it can take advantage of what is a very leaky LSU defense. The Tigers are elite on the offensive end, but I expect UK to match them basket for basket while making a couple more plays down the stretch to get it done on the road. Feel free to take the moneyline if are going in with enough confidence.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY WILDCATS +2.5