NCAA Basketball Picks for LSU vs. Kentucky in SEC Quarterfinals

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:00 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 1:00 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats and LSU Tigers played two close games during the regular season, as they prepare to meet up in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 SEC Tournament. We look at tonight's matchup with the hopes of finding an edge for our NCAA Basketball picks.

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Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this matchup at the Georgia Dome, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3. 

Alternate universe  

LSU has alternated wins and losses over its last eight contests, as it looks to build off a 68-56 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide as three-point favorites Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Tigers knocked down a season-high 11 three-pointers in that affair—a number they’ll have a hard time reaching against a foe that ranks 41st in the country in defending the arc. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-5 SUATS when playing on one or less days rest. 

Burning money 

The Kentucky Wildcats are 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS over their last five affairs, as they looks to bounce back from a humiliating 84-65 defeat to the top-ranked Florida Gators last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 130.

The Wildcats will likely start five freshmen in this affair—one of the main reasons they’ve been so inconsistent during the 2013-14 campaign.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 11-7 SU and 6-11-1 ATS in its last 18 games in the month of March.

Series history 

The Tigers are 25-84 SU all-time against the Wildcats, but they did manage to split the regular season series, with both teams winning on their home floor. 

It’s important to point out that LSU has covered the number in the last four meetings in this series—each of those coming when getting points on the SBR Odds page.

Dominant situation 

The Wildcats are always a playable option in the futures market to win this tournament title, considering they’ve compiled a dominating 119-24 SU record in this event, including a 22-7 mark when playing in Atlanta.

Kentucky has also won 28 of 36 games in March under the direction of head coach John Calipari.

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Outlook 

I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Wildcats as 4.5-point favorites, which means that sports bettors should lay the points at a number lower than that level, but take a look at the underdog at 5 or higher.

Handicapper Line:  Kentucky Wildcats -4.5

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