LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
The LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs meet on Wednesday in Baton Rouge in SEC college basketball action. The Tigers are -6 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set at 120.
The LSU Tigers have been improving all season long and Trent Johnson’s team is playing their best basketball of the season winning their last three in a row and four of their last five. LSU is 6-6 in the SEC, 10-3 at home this season, and in a four way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Justin Hamilton is averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds, Andre Stringer is averaging 10.1 points, and Anthony Hickey is averaging 9.6 points. As a team the Tigers are averaging 66.5 points and they are shooting 41.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. If LSU can win out during the regular season it could make it interesting on Selection Sunday.
The Georgia Bulldogs are having a tough year and it will take everything they have for Mark Fox’s team to finish out of the basement in the SEC this season. UGA is 3-9 in SEC play, 2-7 on the road this season, and they are in 11th place in the conference standings. Gerald Robinson is averaging 14.1 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Dustin Ware is averaging 8.1 points. As a team the Dawgs are averaging 61.3 points and they are shooting 39.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. With Florida and Kentucky up next for Georgia it looks like finishing over .500 this season isn’t going to happen.
LSU is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five Wednesday games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record. Georgia is 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600. The road team has covered in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.
Once again the odds makers have gotten a little too aggressive with the total to the low side and while I don’t see the scoreboard exploding I see enough scoring to make this an over.