Tigers Hoping to Slow Down Charging Razorbacks
Much of the betting focus is currently on college football bowl season, but college basketball is also starting to heat up. The SEC season is set to begin on Wednesday night, and the LSU Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks for a big game.
Arkansas comes into this game having won seven straight games, and they are up to number 9 in the most recent poll. The Razorbacks are one of the favorites to win the SEC, but this is a tough matchup to start with.
LSU has rattled off six straight wins, but they are still looking to crack the AP Top 25 poll. The Tigers have not faced a difficult schedule up to this point, but this will be a chance to prove themselves against a great team.
The college basketball odds for this game have the Arkansas Razorbacks as 4½-point road betting favorites.
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Razorbacks Want to Run
The Arkansas Razorbacks come into this game scoring nearly 80 points per game, and they are a team that loves to push the tempo. Arkansas has also held teams to just 62 points per game as they have relentless pressure on the ball.
The Razorbacks are coming into this game a bit short-handed as superstar freshman Nick Smith Jr. is out of the lineup with a knee injury. There isn’t much of a timetable for Smith to return as head coach Eric Musselman said, “He’s out indefinitely and he’s going to continue to rehab the best he can.”
Arkansas is currently led in scoring by Ricky Council IV with 18.3 points per game, and there are plenty of other scoring options on this team. If the Razorbacks are able to get easy buckets, then this team will be a nightmare to defend.
LSU Must Be Great on Defense
If LSU is going to pull off this upset at home, it will start on the defensive end of the floor. LSU is allowing just 63 points per game this season, but they haven’t faced a team like Arkansas all season long.
Forward KJ Williams leads the team with over 19 points per game, and the LSU Tigers will try to do most of their scoring on the interior. LSU has some size advantages in this game, but the guards must get the ball down the floor.
The Tigers are typically a team that doesn’t mind playing at a fast pace, but they will try to slow the action down on Wednesday night.
Arkansas vs LSU Game Injuries
Arkansas vs LSU Head-to-Head
Once conference games start in college basketball, looking at the recent history of a rivalry can help when betting online. Arkansas is 41-34 all-time in games against the LSU Tigers, winning the last three matchups.
Arkansas vs LSU Game Information
- Game: Arkansas (11-1) vs LSU (11-1)
- Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Arkansas vs LSU Live Stream: TBS.com
Arkansas vs LSU Betting Lines
Arkansas vs LSU Picks & Prediction
It will still be a few weeks before March Madness odds really start to matter, but it is this type of game that will impact those odds. Arkansas and LSU have gotten off to great starts to the year, but the real challenge comes now that SEC action is beginning.
LSU is a team that will need their defense to lead to some easy offense, but that’s just hard to do against Arkansas. The Razorbacks have an outstanding veteran group, and they will start off their conference slate by picking up a big win on the road.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook, take the 4½ points and bet on the LSU Tigers, but it will be Arkansas that comes up with a big road win in this one.
The Arkansas Razorbacks are listed at -175 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Razorbacks, you have a chance to win $57. The LSU Tigers are +150, offering a chance to win $150.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Razorbacks a 63.64% chance to win, with the Tigers at 40%.