March Madness betting without Kentucky as a sportsbook option….sounds strange, doesn’t it? The Wildcats need a great showing in the SEC tournament to earn an at-large bid for their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament, but they’ll face a tough task when they take on top-seeded LSU on Friday in a massive sportsbook matchup.
Kentucky vs LSU odds – Friday, March 13, 1:00 PM ET
The Wildcats, who finished fourth in the SEC East, have been riding the coattails of junior guard Jodie Meeks all season, and he did again in Kentucky’s 71-58 win over Ole Miss on Thursday. Meeks dropped a game-high 25 points, and this combined with 18 turnovers by the rebels, ensured the Wildcats to the next round. While Meeks is the key to Kentucky’s March Madness betting chances, another huge factor is the play of Patrick Patterson. The sophomore forward has battled injuries in his short career, but he put up 15 points and 14 boards against the Rebels. When healthy, Patterson is one of the best big men in the country, no question.
The Tigers, who were tops in the SEC West, lost to Vanderbilt and at Auburn to end the season, but they should still be in good shape. LSU was 54th in points scored, and 119th in points allowed, and they were seventh in the country in blocks. Senior guard Marcus Thornton and junior forward Tasmin Mitchell are the Tigers’ main scoring threats, while senior center Chris Johnson anchors the interior defense.
The Tigers should be college basketball betting favorites in this game, but the Wildcats have won eight of their last 10 against LSU. The Tigers won at Kentucky for the first time in 20 years with a 73-70 victory on February 28th, as Mitchell and Thornton combined for 44 points and 17 boards. Patterson and Meeks put 54 for the Wildcats, but the key to this online betting matchup could be LSU sophomore guard Bo Spencer, who had 16 points in that win. All four of these players will get their points, but a third scoring option will be the difference. Bet on LSU to end Kentucky’s March Madness betting hopes.
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