The Tennessee Volunteers travel to Baton Rouge this weekend for a showdown with the LSU Tigers. The Tigers can certainly use a Quadrant 1 win to boost their chances to make the March Madness. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tennessee Volunteers vs LSU Tigers NCAA College Basketball Game on February 13 2021
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
When: Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN 2
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (odds)
Record: 13-4 Overall / 6-4 Conference
Tennessee bounced back from an upset loss to the Ole Miss Rebels by adding to the embarrassment of the Kentucky Wildcats, beating John Calipari’s team in Lexington last Saturday, 82-71. Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer took turns in pummeling Kentucky. Johnson 27 points, while Springer had 23, each shooting over 52.0 percent from the field. Tennessee, which plays the Georgia Bulldogs this Wednesday, is being carried not only by a balanced scoring from its players (seven Vols are averaging at least 8.0 points per game, so far this season) but also by its defense that is arguably the best in the nation. Tennessee is currently the owner of the best adjusted defensive efficiency mark in Division I basketball. The Vols are allowing just 85.9 points per 100 possessions, per KenPom. Moreover, the Volts are fourth overall with just 59.6 points surrendered per contest.
Tennessee is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the LSU Tigers (odds)
Record: 11-6 Overall / 6-4 Conference
LSU suffered their second loss in a row when they fell prey to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Feb. 3 in Tuscaloosa, 78-60. Prior to that, the Tigers lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the SEC-Big 12 Challenge at home on Jan. 30, to the tune of a 76-71 score. The Tigers have a chance to build some momentum heading into the Tennessee game, as they are scheduled to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs this Wednesday. The Tigers are averaging 116.8 points per 100 possessions and 81.5 points per game — both top 10 marks in the nation — but those numbers didn’t manifest in the loss to Alabama, as LSU shot only 30.8 percent from the field in that game and went just 4 of 17 from behind the arc. Nevertheless, this LSU offense can’t be underestimated, especially since it has Cameron Thomas, who is averaging 22.3 points per game, albeit on a salty 39.7 field goal shooting percentage. Three other Tigers average at least 12 points per game this season.
The over is 4-1 in LSU’s last five home games.
Tennessee wins, 72-70.
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