The college basketball schedule continues on Wednesday with a slew of more cancellations. There are eight games currently on the shelf as of Wednesday morning. Penn State and Ohio State is the most notable game that has been postponed and a bunch of smaller conferences. There are nine ranked teams playing on Wednesday, with Minnesota and Michigan in Ann Arbor the most intriguing meeting on the slate.
How good is Michigan? I don’t think we’re going to get a complete answer against Minnesota, but we’re going to get a better idea against the No. 16 team in the country. I don’t know about Michigan this season. However, Juwan Howard has this program on a perfect track, and look out for them in a year or two. Their recruiting class is one of the best in the nation.
We will get to the Minnesota and Michigan game, so have a look at the college basketball picks page for that selection. The SEC is represented on Wednesday with a handful of schools expected to play, including the Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers. Georgia heads on the road for a couple of games against LSU tonight and then Arkansas on Saturday.
Georgia enters Baton Rouge with a record of 7-1. That sounds nice and all, and it is, but we don’t really know where Georgia is as a program right now. They’re certainly not as good as the record indicates. The Bulldogs’ best win this season was against the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 19, 83-68. That’s not a big win by any means.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 83-73 loss against Mississippi State at home. They made it respectable in the second half, but fell way too behind at the half with a 41-27 deficit. We’ll see how they respond against the 6-2 LSU Tigers. LSU is fresh off a 83-79 loss against Florida on Saturday. Not the result they were looking for, but a solid effort nonetheless on the road. They routed Texas A&M by a score of 77-54 at home prior to that close call versus the Gators. Head below for our free Georgia vs. LSU pick on January 6, 2021.
Georgia Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers NCAA Betting Odds:
Georgia vs. LSU Prediction:
Georgia might have a record of 7-1, but the knack on the Bulldogs has been that they haven’t played anybody. Against some inferior programs, Georgia didn’t exactly look spectacular either. In the season opener, Florida A&M hung around in a 85-75 game, while Samford nearly pulled off the upset in a 79-75 outing. Blowing out North Georgia and Northeastern is not particularly impressive. In Georgia’s latest win, they beat up on a 1-5 Northeastern squad by a score of 76-58 in Athens. Cincinnati?
The Bearcats are 2-4 with losses against Tulsa, UCF, and South Florida to name a few. Take it for what it’s worth, but Georgia has recorded 80.1 points per game this season. I wouldn’t take that as gospel because of their weak schedule so far. Mississippi State had no problems dispatching Georgia, 83-73, in Athens on December 30.
6-3 Mississippi State is the best team that the Bulldogs have played, and the best measuring stick we have for Georgia so far. In their first test in the SEC, Georgia failed at home. I’m not a fan of LSU basketball, but they’re more battle tested, and have competed against some quality teams. LSU hasn’t played against a ranked team, while Georgia came close against No. 23 Saint Louis on November 28 on the road. Nice effort by the Tigers, but they came up short in a 85-81 loss against a good Billikens squad.
Texas A&M is likely the best comparison to Georgia, out of the teams that the Bulldogs have faced this season. Georgia took care of the Aggies easily in a 77-54 final on December 29. The Tigers have been red-hot at home, with a perfect record of 5-0, along with 86.6 points scored per game. Their defense has been playing well, too, with 59.6 points against in Baton Rouge. This is the first road game for Georgia, nine games into the season. The public will likely line up to take a 7-1 team at +9, but a little investigating suggests that their record is a bit of a mirage. I like LSU to take care of business over Georgia by 13-15 points in this one.