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With March upon us, conference tournament play continues as the SEC tournament resumes this Friday. In this second round matchup, the LSU Tigers will travel to Bridgestone Arena to take on the Florida Gators. LSU enters this game with a 26-5 record while Florida enters this game with a 18-14 record as well. Now, both teams will be looking to improve on their records this Friday.
LSU Looks To Continue Winning Ways
This season, the LSU Tigers looked to make it back to the NCAA tournament behind some veteran leadership. So far this season, the team has been extremely solid as it is currently ranked ninth in the AP Poll and possesses a 26-5 record. In addition, the team has won five straight games including a win against Vanderbilt in its last game. In that game, LSU’s defense played really well as it allowed just 59 points on less than 42% shooting from the floor. If LSU plans on winning this game, its defense will have to play well once again.
The LSU Tigers are led by sophomore guard Tremont Waters who has been great this season. Last season, Waters averaged 15.9 points per game and 6.0 assists per game. However, he only shot 41.7% from the floor and looked to become more efficient this upcoming season. So far this season, he has been great as he is currently leading the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game and 5.9 assists. However, he is only shooting 43.6% from the floor as inefficiency has plagued him once again this season.
Florida Beats Arkansas Handily
This season, Florida has looked average as the team has won 18 of its first 32 games. However, the team still has a shot at making the NCAA tournament despite losing each of its last three games prior to the conference tournament. However, Florida was able to advance to the quarterfinals of its conference tournament after beating Arkansas by 16 points. In that game, the team only allowed 50 points on just 25% shooting from the three-point line. However, Florida should still be motivated to play extremely well in this game as a potential conference tournament run can still get the team into the NCAA tournament.
— Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) March 14, 2019
The Florida Gators are led by senior guard KeVaughn Allen who has been the best player on this year’s team. This season, he has remained consistently solid as he is currently leading the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game along with 2.9 assists. In addition, he scored 17 points in the team’s last game as he was the main reason why the Gators pulled away in the second half. Look for him to play well again in this one.
- Gators are 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
- Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Tigers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although Florida won its last game yesterday, LSU is the better all-around team and has significantly more talent on its roster than Florida. For a team like LSU to be favored by so few points against an inferior foe, I’m not even going to think about making a case for Florida. LSU should be able to win this game due to its veteran experience and I think that Florida will be unable to make enough big plays down the stretch to cover this spread. Give me the favorite in this one as a result.
Prediction: LSU -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have the ability to score a lot of points but I think that their respective defenses are highly underrated. This is a conference rivalry game and I expect them both teams to bring it defensively in what should be a physical contest. LSU’s defense has struggled at times this season but it is coming into this game off of a great defensive performance. Meanwhile, Florida is coming into this game off of one of its best defensive performance of the season. I think this total is a bit too high as a result so I recommend the under in this matchup.
Prediction: Under 135.5