LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
The LSU Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers try to catch the eye of the post season selection committees as they meet on Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are -1 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 124.
The LSU Tigers looked like they had an outside chance of making the field of 68 for this year’s NCAA Tournament but Trent Johnson’s team was at the wrong end of a beat down against Ole Miss which could end up being their final undoing. LSU is 7-7 in the SEC, 11-3 at home this season, and they are in sixth place in the conference standings. Justin Hamilton is averaging 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, Andre Stringer is averaging 10.4 points, and Anthony Hickey is averaging 9.1 points. As a team the Tigers are averaging 65.7 points and they are shooting 40.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. LSU has a 63 RPI and the 53rd ranked schedule and that might not be enough to get it done with their record.
The Tennessee Volunteers have won six of their last seven games and Cuonzo Martin’s team is looking to make it interesting on selection Sunday. Tennessee is 8-6 in the SEC, 3-8 on the road this season, and they are tied for fourth place in the conference standings. Trae Golden is averaging 13.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, Jeronne Maymon is averaging 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, and Jordan McCrae is averaging 9.2 points. As a team the Vols are averaging 68.8 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Tennessee has been on an outright tear but it may have started just a little too late.
LSU is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 4-1 against the spread against the SEC, and 8-3 against the spread following a loss. Tennessee is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games, and 4-1 against the spread following a win. The underdog has covered in six of the last seven meetings of these two.
Tennessee has been rolling of late and this one should be a nail biter where getting the point may work.
Tennesee Volunteers +1 LSU Tigers