SEC Showdown: Tennessee vs. LSU — Betting Preview & Predictions

When your best player shoots 34% from the floor - expect problems


Tennessee vs. LSU
Tip off: 9 PM EST
Spread: LSU -1.5
Total: 124.5
M/L: LSU -125, TEN +105

Betting Odds from Bookmaker

Tennessee

The Volunteers are 16-13 and have held their own in SEC play, going 8-6, good for fourth in the conference. Their ascent has been marked by victories over then #7 Florida, as well as big wins over Arkansas and Ole Miss. They dropped a game to the Crimson Tide, but have won 6 of their last 7 and close the season out against Vanderbilt after tonight’s game.

In the win over the Gators, the Volunteers had four players in double figures, paced by Trae Golden’s 17 points, as Golden went 9 of 11 from the line. Sklar McBee hit four threes, as his teammates shot a combined 1 of 4 from beyond the arc. McBee also did a great job on Erving Walker, limiting the Gators star to only 9 points on 4 of 9 shooting.

Golden and Joronne Maymon (12.6 ppg) pace the Volunteers. Maymon, a big body at 6’7″ 265, also leads the Volunteers in rebounds with 8 boards per game. His field goal percentage of 57.1% ranks him among the nation’s best, and the Volunteers are pretty happy Maymon decided to transfer after spending his freshman year playing for Marquette.

Volunteers Betting Trends:

Tennessee is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and the total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Vols last 9 games on the road. The Vols are 2-8 SU in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road against LSU. The Vols are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games on the road against LSU.

LSU

The Tigers are 17-11 and have held their own in the SEC, winning half of their 14 conference games. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 and defeated Mississippi State by 2 in over time. They dropped their last contest to Ole Miss badly, managing only 48 points while giving up 72. Only two Tigers scored n double figures, and the team shot 31% from the floor and 57% from the line. You’re not going to win a lot of games with numbers like that.

Justin Hamilton and Andre Stringer are the best two players on LSU, by a good margin.

Stringer a 5’9″ water bug guard, shoots only 34% from the floor, and that’s actually an improvement over last season when he was 33%. He gets up nearly 10 shots a game, but doesn’t hit many of his threes either (30%). Until he starts hitting his shots, it’s hard to imagine Stringer ever reaching the kind of level of promise that was set before him when he was recruited out of nearby Jackson, Mississipppi.

Hamiton stands a legit 7 foot and is a true specimen with a strong 260 pound frame. He was ineligible after transferring in from ISU last season, and is having his best season as a college player so far, averaging 7 rebounds in addition to his 13 points, though a guy with his length should really block more than 1.3 shots per game. He’s staying out of foul trouble, averaging only 2.5 fouls per game, but that also may be an indication not of smart play, but of passive play.

Tigers Betting Trends:

LSU is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games and the total has gone OVER In 4 of their last 6 games. The Tigers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home and they are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Tennessee. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Tigers’ last 5 games against the Vols and the Tigers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games at home against Tennessee.

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