Kentucky (20-5 SU, 12-13 ATS) faces LSU (18-7 SU, 11-13-1 ATS) in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at Baton Rouge, Louisiana tonight. The game will be televised starting at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN.
Tenth ranked Kentucky is led by sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley averaging 15.0 points per game and junior forward Nick Richards who is averaging 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Coach John Calipari’s Kentucky team won their fourth game in a row, by beating Mississippi on Saturday, but they struggled badly from behind the arc shooting only 2 for 22 on 3-pointers.
Quickley said “Just knowing that we can still win games when we aren’t shooting, you know our defense can come through for us”.
Senior guard Skylar Mays leads the LSU high-powered offense averaging 16.5 points per game. He had 24 points and 9 rebounds in the Tigers 88-82 loss to Alabama on Saturday.
LSU coach Will Wade led the Tigers to the SEC title last season in his second year as their head coach and they started this season with 10 straight wins and an 8-0 record in the conference to position themselves at the top. They have since lost 3 of their last 4 to slip out of the Top 25.
In their loss to Alabama on Saturday the were outscored by six points from the charity strip and 6 points from the 3-point line in the 88-82 loss. Coach Wade said “you can’t lose the 3-point line and the free-throw line. You can lose one of the two and beat them, but you can’t lose both of them.”
LSU has been getting beat up on the offensive glass. They have allowed 42 offensive rebounds in their last 3 games. That and their suspect defense have been the primary culprits in their recent slide.
Kentucky currently sits alone in first place in the SEC, but with a win tonight LSU can move back into a tie with the Wildcats for first place.
The opening line had LSU at -2 with a total of 151.