On Wednesday night, the LSU Tigers (20-9, 8-8) head to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (23-6,12-4) for their second matchup in the season SEC. Arkansas has looked dominant, winning their last four games, including knocking off Kentucky 75-73 in their most recent contest. LSU beat Missouri 75-55 last Saturday but has lost two of their last three. Let’s take a look at how this SEC matches up.
LSU Tigers Betting Preview:
At 16.5 points per game, Tari Eason, a 6-8 transfer forward from Cincinnati, leads the LSU basketball team in scoring. Eason came off the bench to produce 13 points on 50 percent shooting, four rebounds, and three steals against Arkansas earlier this season. He’s the Tigers’ most lethal offensive threat.
Eric Gaines and Xavier Pinson are two playmaking guards that make up the Tiger backcourt. Gaines, a 6-2 sophomore, had a strong first-round performance against the Hogs, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
Keep an eye on LSU’s defense in this matchup as they impressed in their win over Missouri, holding the Tigers to 55 points en route to a 20 point victory. LSU scored 25 points due to their solid defense forcing 19 Missouri turnovers. Will Wade’s full-court push helped the LSU Tigers build a 30-24 halftime advantage, and Missouri shot only 29% from the field and committed 11 turnovers. There was even a seven-minute stretch during which Missouri did not even attempt a shot.
Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Preview:
Arkansas is now ranked No. 14 in the newest Associated Press poll heading into the final week of the regular season after winning their last four contests that included wins over ranked opponents Tennessee and Kentucky.
After a pair of outstanding performances in wins over Florida on the road and Kentucky at home, JD Notae was recently named ESPN’s Player of the Week. The SEC Player of the Year candidate carried the offensive load in those two games, averaging 26.0 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc.
Note scored 19 points and had four assists against LSU earlier this season, shooting 54 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep range to help Arkansas win their second consecutive game in a nine-game winning streak.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie has the Arkansas Razorbacks listed as the -5.5 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 138.5 in the latest odds.
Free Betting Pick
The duel of the bigs, could be the x-factor in this clash as Arkansas’ Trey Wade, will almost certainly be tasked with defending LSU’s Darius Days. Days averages 11.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range in victories. On the other hand, Days has only 1.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, and a 13 percent field goal percentage in four losses versus the Razorbacks.
The Hogs have only lost once since January 9th and are an impressive 16-2 at home this year. The Hogs may have some hangover symptoms early in the game, but their defensive tenacity should win out in the end. LSU is just 2-7 on the road, and JD Notae will look to keep his hot run going by scoring at least 20 points for the third game in a row.