- LSU is a 3.5-point road favorite over Vanderbilt on Saturday night
- LSU is 4-6 since starting the season 12-0
- A look at the odds and matchup can be found below with a pick
Two skidding teams square off when #25 LSU visits Vanderbilt at 6:00 p.m. ET Saturday in an SEC game at Memorial Gym in Nashville.
LSU (16-6/4-5 SEC/1-4 road) has lost five of its last six games, including dropping a 76-72 decision to visiting Mississippi on Tuesday. The Tigers are 4-6 since starting the season 12-0.
Vanderbilt (11-10/3-6 SEC/6-6 home) hung tough at #5 Kentucky on Wednesday before losing 77-70. It was the Commodores’ fourth loss in their last five games.
LSU vs Vanderbilt Odds
|LSU||-166||-3.5 (-110)||Over 131.5 (-114)|
|Vanderbilt||+138||+3.5 (-110)||Under 131.5 (-106)|
Odds as of February 4th at FanDuel.
In a game that will be televised on the SEC Network, LSU is a 3.5-point favorite. As -166 picks, the Tigers have an implied win probability of 62.41%.
LSU Betting Outlook
After being one of college basketball’s most profitable teams from a betting standpoint for much of the season, LSU has lost four in a row against the spread. The Tigers are 14-8 overall ATS and 3-3 in road games.
Senior forward Darius Days had his second double-double in a row Tuesday and fifth of the season, but it wasn’t enough for LSU to beat Mississippi. Days finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while making 5 of 9 three-point attempts.
an ideal way to start a game
a story by Darius Days pic.twitter.com/6bja7o5fqJ
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) January 13, 2022
LSU faced a 24-point deficit in the first half as it fell behind 43-19. The Tigers closed to 45-32 by halftime and got within two points with 1:27 left when sophomore forward Tari Eason’s three-pointer made it 69-67.
Mississippi held on, though, as LSU allowed the Rebels to shoot 52.4% (22 of 42).
LSU leads the nation in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency with 83.9 points allowed per 100 possessions. However, the Tigers have given up their two highest point total in the last two games – 77 to TCU and 76 to Ole Miss.
LSU did force Mississippi into 19 turnovers but committed 16.
Eason added 16 points and three steals to increase his season averages to 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He is third in the SEC in field goal percentage with a 52.8 mark.
Sophomore guard Eric Gaines scored a season-high 16 points and made four steals as he reached double figures for the sixth time in the last seven games. He is averaging 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals, which ranks fourth in the SEC and 16th nationally.
Eric Gaines split the double team and threw a lob in one motion 😳 pic.twitter.com/PJ5DQeftUa
— Mavs / Magic Draft (@MavsDraft) February 2, 2022
Also stuffing the stat sheet is Days with 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game. Freshman guard Brandon Murray has a 10.1 scoring average.
Vanderbilt Betting Outlook
Vanderbilt ended a four-game ATS losing streak by covering as 14.5-point underdogs against Kentucky. The Commodores are 10-11 overall and 4-8 at home.
Junior guard Scotty Pippen Jr. poured in a season-high 33 points against Kentucky to with six rebounds and five assists. It was his third 30-point game of the season.
Scotty Pippen Jr. is a problem. 😤
— Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball (@VandyMBB) February 3, 2022
The son of the Hall of Famer leads the SEC in scoring at 19.3 points a game. He is also averaging 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals.
Junior wing Jordan Wright finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He is scoring 12.3 points and pulling down 6.0 rebounds a game.
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Senior center Liam Robbins, a transfer from Minnesota, made his season debut after sitting out the first 20 games with a foot injury. He contributed two rebounds and a blocked shot in 13 minutes.
Liam Robbins currently shooting around pregame and has jersey shorts on.
No official word on his status just yet. pic.twitter.com/3029D4dGPO
— Justin Hershey (@justinhershey26) February 2, 2022
Though Kentucky leads the nation in rebounding margin, Vanderbilt held a 37-30 edge on the board while holding the Wildcats to 38.6% (22 of 57) shooting.
The Commodores were within 56-53 with 9:28 remaining. However, Kentucky went on a 13-4 run to take control at 69-57.
LSU vs Vanderbilt Prediction
LSU has won three of the last four games in the series, including 83-68 last March 2 at home as Days had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Wright scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds for Vanderbilt.
LSU is not as good as it looked in its first 12 games but not as bad as it has looked during many of its last 10 games. Expect the Tigers to get back on track against the Commodores, who will likely be emotionally spent after the effort at Kentucky.
- The Pick: LSU -3.5 (-110)
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