NCAA Basketball Picks: Kentucky vs. LSU

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:16 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 1:16 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats are starting to grow up on the floor, as they prepare to take on the LSU Tigers Tuesday. Where have we decided to look with our NCAA Basketball picks in tonight's showdown?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at the Maravich Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Take a look t the Updated 2014 NCAA Basketball Future Odds

Great homestand

Kentucky hits the road after sweeping a three-game homestand, which included a 79-54 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 14-point favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 138.5. 

All four of the Wildcats’ losses have come away from Rupp Arena, but they’ve compiled a dominating 83-24 SU record in this series, including a 29-16 mark in Baton Rouge.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-11 SU and 8-16 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 16-8 in that situation. 

A huge game

LSU is certainly on the bubble in terms of earning a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as it looks to bounce back from a 82-80 defeat to the Alabama Crimson Tide as two-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.

The Tigers have two probable starters averaging double figures, with junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III leading the way at 14.6 points a contest.

Since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, the squad is 2-1 SUATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points.

Charity

College basketball handicappers will definitely have an interest in backing the Wildcats, considering their shooting 70.5 percent from the charity stripe during conference play, which is nearly three percentage points higher than their overall mark (67.6). 

Kentucky has four probable starters averaging double figures, with true freshman forward Julius Randle scoring 16.6 points a contest.

80 is the key number

The Tigers are 2-10 SU when allowing 80 or more points in the Johnny Jones era, which is important to consider with the Wildcats averaging 79.6 points per game during the 2013-14 campaign.

LSU does a great job of limiting fast-break opportunities for opponents, as it possess the top two players in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats with their NCAA Basketball picks, as the road team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series. 

College Basketball Pick:  Kentucky Wildcats -3

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