The LSU Tigers (18-7, 9-3 SEC) will attempt to prolong a seven-game home winning streak when they meet the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 SEC) at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers Odds Preview
In the Wildcats’ last outing, they were victorious over the Ole Miss Rebels, 67-62. With 16 points and seven rebounds, Kentucky’s Nick Richards had a solid performance. Kentucky played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.322 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 (below their season average of 30.7). Ole Miss was 0.133 and 21.1, respectively, for those same stats.
The Tigers are hoping for a better outcome after their 88-82 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their last outing. Skylar Mays was LSU’s leading scorer with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Alabama did a great job of converting from the free throw line (19-26; 73.1 percent). LSU, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (31.0 vs. 29.5).
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of LSU (ninth in the country with an offensive efficiency of 113.7) takes on the stingy defense of Kentucky (57th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 94.8). Additionally, the Wildcats rank second in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.340), while the Tigers rank 34th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.174).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Tigers won the only game last season, 73-71. The Tigers played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.339 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.482. For those same stats, the Wildcats were 0.267 and 0.458, respectively.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Kentucky, O/U – Under
The Wildcats average 5.2 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the country. The Tigers rank 74th in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
LSU ranks 18th in rebounds per game (39.9) while Kentucky ranks 62nd (38.0).
Kentucky ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (10.5) while LSU ranks 142nd (12.7).
The Wildcats rank 188th in three pointers allowed per game (22.6) while the Tigers rank 291st (26.8).
Kentucky ranks 21st in steals allowed per game (5.1) while LSU ranks 82nd (6.0).
The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. For the season, LSU has defeated opponents by an average of 8.0 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (1.9 above their season average).