College Basketball on Tuesday and we will see the LSU Tigers travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on ESPN U. Currently the Odds for the game have Tennessee favored by 8 points while the total sits at 132.
Analysis: Louisiana State looks to win its third straight game when it visits Tennessee on Tuesday. The Tigers, who are 3-6 on the road, have won five of their last six and are coming off an 80-68 victory at home against Mississippi State on Saturday. Of LSU’s six SEC losses, three have been by five or fewer points. After starting SEC play 0-4, the Tigers have won six of eight and lead the conference in steals (9.6). Sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III, who has scored in double figures in nine straight games, leads LSU in scoring (13) and rebounding (8.7), and ranks first in the SEC in double-doubles (11). Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey is second on the team in scoring (11.7) and leads the conference in steals per game (3.3). Junior guard Andre Stringer (10.7 points) is third in the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage (40.3). Senior guard Charles Carmouche, who averages 9.4 points, scored a season-high 21, including five 3-pointers, against Mississippi State. LSU has been strong at the offensive end of the court this season, pouring in 70.6 ppg. LSU has scored 70 points or more in 14 games this season after hitting that mark nine times last season.
Tennessee (14-10) has also crawled back to 6-6 in the league following a recent three-game win streak, beating South Carolina (66-61), Vanderbilt (58-46) and Kentucky (88-58) during that stretch. The Vols have enjoyed playing at Thompson-Boling Arena this season, where they have won 10 of 13 bouts. The Vols thoroughly dominated the shorthanded Wildcats on Saturday afternoon, shooting a lofty 58 percent from the field while holding Kentucky to 35.8 percent en route to the 30-point victory, their largest margin of victory ever against the Wildcats. Trae Golden was outstanding in the triumph, as not only did he shot 6-of-8 from the field and 11-of-12 from the foul line in netting 24 points, but he also dished out eight assists and committed zero turnovers. The offensive outburst for Tennessee was out character for a team that averages just 64.7 ppg, but it has found success behind a stellar scoring defense, which yields a mere 61.5 ppg. McRae paces the squad with 13.8 ppg, while Stokes (12.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .548 FG percentage) is one of the strongest forwards in the SEC. Golden chips in 11.0 ppg with more than twice as many assists (87) as turnovers (39).
Pick: Nice letdown spot here for the Vols as they are off a 30 point win over Kentucky. LSU has been playing much better of late as they have won 6 of their last 8 games and while both losses were on the road they were by a combined 8 points. LSU is just 2-5 in their alst 7 road games and just one of those loses have been by more than 8, and that was a 9 point loss at Georgia. This team is in just about every game they have played within the SEC and they should be able to keep this one close vs a Tennessee squad that may be just a bit flat.
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