On Tuesday night, the LSU Tigers will travel to Rupp Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in an SEC showdown. LSU is ranked 19th in the nation with a 19-4 record and is in 3rd place in the SEC. Kentucky comes in ranked number 5 with a 20-3 record and is in 2nd place in the SEC.
Both Teams Coming Off Wins
LSU is coming off a solid 83-78 win over Auburn on Saturday. Skylar Mays led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points on 5 of 14 shooting to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Tremont Waters scored 19 points on just 5 of 17 shooting but had a team-high 10 assists. Naz Reid scored 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Kavell Bigby-Williams led the team in rebounds with 11 to go along with 7 points. Marlon Taylor chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Kentucky is coming off a 71-67 road win over Mississippi St on Saturday. Kentucky led by 15 at the half but faltered a bit in the 2nd and narrowly escaped with the win. PJ Washington led the Wildcats with 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Keldon Johnson scored 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tyler Herro chipped in 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Ashton Hagans led the team in assists with 9, and Reid Travis was the leading rebounder with 8.
Waters Leads LSU
LSU has 4 players who average double-figure scoring on the season. Tremont Waters leads them with 15.7 points per game and leads the team with 6.1 assists a game. Naz Reid adds 13.9 a game, and Skylar Mays scores 13.4 a game. Ja’vonte Smart rounds out the 4 with 10.2 per game. Reid is also the leading rebounder with 6.2 per game. The Tigers have nobody who is shooting above 40% from 3-point range and are shooting and are shooting 47.1% from the field on the season. LSU scores 83.3 points a game but allows opponents to score 73.4 a game. LSU is 5-1 on the road this season.
Kentucky is led in scoring by PJ Washington, who is scoring 14.2 points per game. Washington also leads the team on the glass with 8 rebounds each game. Keldon Johnson averages 13.9 points per game and freshman classmate Tyler Herro is not far behind with 13.3 a game. Reid Travis pours in 11.7 points per game. Ashton Hagans leads the team in assists, averaging 4.5 helpers a game. The Wildcats have been putting up solid numbers this season. Kentucky averages 78.7 points per game on 47.7% shooting, and they are holding opponents to 65.2 points a game. The Wildcats are 13-0 at home this season.
Kentucky vs. LSU Prediction
Kentucky comes in at -9. Kentucky is one of the hottest teams in the country, but LSU has been solid lately as well. LSU has also been incredible on the road this season and has scored some solid wins away from home. I think Kentucky will win this game, but they are giving away too many points to a team as good as LSU. Take LSU +9.
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