The Auburn Tigers have slid out of the AP Poll Top 25 thanks to a barrage of losses they recently absorbed. But they are winning again, and a victory against the No. 21 LSU Tigers this coming Saturday in Baton Rouge could be Auburn’s ticket back to the list. Going into the game, Auburn is +6,000 to win the college basketball championship, while LSU is priced at +8,000 to accomplish the same.
Betting Preview for the Auburn Tigers vs. LSU Tigers College Basketball Game on February 9, 2019
Where: LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Auburn Tigers (15-6 Overall / 4-4 Conference)
Auburn is slowly trying to rebuild its image. After three-straight losses, the Tigers have seemingly recovered with back-to-back wins over the Missouri Tigers (92-58) and against the Alabama Crimson Tide (84-63), with both games played in Auburn. The Tigers will have another home game this Tuesday against the Florida Gators before going up against LSU. As of this writing, Auburn is still missing key big man Austin Wiley due to a leg injury. He’s now missed five consecutive games, though, the Tigers have barely missed him in the last two games. Sophomore forward Chuma Okeke has done an admirable job of filling in for Wiley, as he has scored in double figures in four of the five games prior to the Florida meeting. Against Missouri, Okeke had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks. Advanced metrics has Auburn’s offense second in the conference with 98.7 points allowed per 100 possessions.
The over is 3-0 in Auburn’s last three road games.
Betting on the LSU Tigers (17-4 Overall / 7-1 Conference)
A perfect SEC play is no more for LSU. That’s after Tremont Waters and company saw their seven-game unbeaten start in conference play go down in flames in a 90-89 home loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks. In any case, LSU remains a force to reckon with in the nation. Before facing Auburn, LSU will have a showdown first with the Mississippi State Bulldogs where it will hope to recover its shooting touch from deep and do a better job in taking care of the leather. LSU shot an atrocious 5-for-21 from the 3-point area against Arkansas and committed 21 turnovers. Those aren’t typical numbers by LSU, so it’s fair to expect them not to have as messy of a performance moving forward. On the season, LSU is averaging 83.0 points per game – third in the nation – while also shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Defensively, LSU’s lineup is littered with ballhawks, as it is third in the nation with 9.8 steals per game.
LSU is 9-1 straight up (SU) and 4-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 home games.
Auburn wins, 79-77.
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