Arkansas (10-2, 2-2) at LSU (8-2, 3-1)
Time: 4 PST/6 CST/7 EST
Place: Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La.
TV: SEC Network
Arkansas has a 37-32 lead in the series which is dominated by home teams:
The Razorbacks have won three in a row in the series which answers the previous three-game run by LSU. The Tigers lead 18-12 in Baton Rouge while Arkansas has a 20-6 record in Bud Walton Arena. LSU has won 15 of the last 18 games in Maravich Assembly Center. Arkansas ended a two-game slide over the weekend with a 99-69 rout of Georgia while the Tigers were postponed at Missouri due to covid issues within Mizzou’s program. They hopped a flight and landed in Oxford, Miss., where they defeated Ole Miss, 75-61.
Vs. The Spread:
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Hogs’ last 7 games
- OVER has also been the play in 10 of the Razorbacks’ last 11 road games
- The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- The Bayou Bengals check in at 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- The Tigers are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 SEC contests
- The total has gone OVER in the last 5 games between the Razorbacks and Tigers
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Arkansas Razorbacks||+1½ (-109)||+105||O 160 (-120)|
|LSU Tigers||-1½ (-111)||-125||U 160 (+100)|
Last Time Out:
Moses Moody scored 25 points and Devonta Davis popped in 20 as the Razorbacks rolled to an easy 99-69 win over Georgia on Saturday. Arkansas shot 57.1 percent from the three-point line and assisted 24 of 36 made shots. The Hogs scored 56 points in the second half as they shot 60 percent from the field in that second 20 minutes.
LSU took a 20-5 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back as the Tigers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, 75-61. Trendon Watford led the attack with 21 points and six rebounds while Javonte Smart had 17 and six assists. The Tigers’ defense was on point as well as the Rebels shot only 35.4 percent from the field.
Arkansas is dealing with injuries to key players as Justin Smith is out 3-6 weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle on Jan. 1. KK Robinson will miss the rest of the season after surgery for a bone fracture in his right foot on Jan. 1. Smith had started nine game while Robinson and played in 11 and had averaged 8.2 minutes per game.
A high scoring game should ensue as both teams are all about getting up shots. The Razorbacks are another team that gets things rolling on the perimeter as Moody (16.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and JD Notae (15.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg) have 24 threes each while Moody makes 40 percent of his triples. Desi Sills (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) hasn’t scored as much of late – 4.7 points per game in his last three contests – so tonight could be when he breaks back and becomes a major factor in the offense. Defensively, Arkansas has had a tougher road, obviously, as SEC opponents have shot 46.5 percent over the first four league games.
Scoring machine Cameron Thomas injured is ankle on his first three-pointer of the win over Ole Miss. He tried to return later in the first half, but left shortly thereafter. He is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. Thomas lead LSU in scoring with 22.3 points in 29.3 minutes.
Whether or not Thomas is ready to go, look for LSU to attack with the 3-point line with Javonte Smart (15.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Darius Days (13.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg) who have 23 and 20, respectively. Watford is the man in the middle for coach Will Wade as he uses his athleticism in the post and can step out and score in the mid-range. Arkansas has a rim-protector in 7-3 Connor Vanover and that will force adjustments in how LSU attacks the basket.
Winner: LSU (-1½) 85, Arkansas 82
O/U: Take OVER 160