Kentucky rebounded from a big Tennessee loss with a nice win over a desperate Alabama team. The Wildcats have shown that they can win despite some injuries and key players missing. They beat the Crimson Tide without TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler, their two best ball handlers. It just goes to show how deep this team could be in the postseason.
How to watch LSU vs. Kentucky Basketball
Game Matchup: #6 Kentucky (22-5, 11-3 SEC, 2nd in SEC) vs. LSU (19-8, 7-7 SEC, 5th in SEC)
Venue & Location: Rupp Arena (Lexington, Kentucky)
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (Watch 7 days free with fuboTV)
LSU has suffered a couple of odd losses in its last five games, which include dropped games to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Both of those teams are now hovering around the middle of the conference thanks to LSU’s inability to close those games. The Tigers will have to stay focused in order to pull off this upset.
Odds and prediction
- LSU – (+7.5) -110
- Kentucky – (-7.5) -110
- LSU +275
- Kentucky -350
Total: (Over -142.5/Under -142.5)
Odds are via BetMGM.
LSU vs. Kentucky Basketball Game Betting Preview
If LSU wants to win this game, its offense will have to pack some extra luggage. If it can hold Kentucky to less than its season average of about 80 points, it stands a good chance. LSU currently holds teams to a shade under 62 points a game, but its 73 points a game might not be enough. LSU high scorer Tari Eason will probably have to score more than 17 points this game in order to come out with a win.
Kentucky is hoping to get Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington back for this game as that would be a huge boon for them at home considering Wheeler is the leading assist man in the SEC and Washington has been an excellent shooter. It would also create a lot more open shots for Kellan Grady and potential putbacks from Oscar Tshiebwe.
While Kentucky might be an excellent shooting team, LSU is just as good as limiting shooters. The Tigers allow opponents to only shoot 38.1% from the floor and less than 29% from beyond the arc. Kentucky usually shoots about 36% from three-point land so something will have to give in this game.