Volunteers vs. Tigers Prediction
The fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers bounced back with a victory earlier this week after having their lengthy winning streak snapped. Will Tennessee get it done again today at the 13th-ranked Louisiana State Tigers?
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 12PMET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Volunteers are a 1-point favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 157 points. As of Saturday morning, 66 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Tennessee. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Vols take down Vandy
Tennessee bounced back from a loss Tuesday night versus in-state rival Vanderbilt with a 58-46 victory. The Volunteers (24-2, 12-1 Southeastern Conference) led 36-27 at halftime and continued to clamp down in the second half. Tennessee went 23-of-56 from the field, 6-of-21 from 3-point distance and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Grant Williams paced the Vols with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also ripped down 11 rebounds. Admiral Schofield contributed 12 points, five boards and three steals. Lamonte Turner added 12 points, five rebounds and four dimes.
Tigers have four-game win streak snapped
Louisiana State suffered an 82-77 overtime home defeat versus Florida Wednesday night to drop to 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the SEC. The Tigers outscored the Gators 33-31 in the second half, but were outscored 18-13 in the extra session to lead to the loss. Skylar Mays paced LSU with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 2-of-6 from 3-point distance plus 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also contributed three rebounds and two steals. Naz Reid tallied 16 points and 15 boards. Kavell Bigby-Williams accounted for 10 points plus six caroms, three blocked shots and two assists. Tremont Waters recorded 10 points and four assists. Marlon Taylor added 10 points and five rebounds. Louisiana State shot 27-of-63 from the field, 7-of-22 from 3-point range and 16-of-25 from the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Volunteers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games. Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last five Saturday games.
The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. LSU is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 SEC games.
This is a tough one to pick, but with Tennessee looking off a bit its last two games I'm going to take a shot on the hosts. Louisiana State is much better on the offensive end than on defense, yet the Vols have struggled offensively lately and that should offset matters. It's going to be a hostile environment on the road for Tennessee and it could be a similar situation as the Kentucky game where it doesn't react well, although I do expect this contest to be much closer.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: LSU TIGERS +1