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LSU-Arkansas prediction, picks how to watch

Two SEC teams try to change their recent fortunes when the LSU Tigers (12-7) take on the Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6) in Fayetteville. Check out ours College Basketball Odds series for our LSU-Arkansas prediction and selection.

The LSU Tigers opened the season with a 12-1 record. That run was capped by a crucial win over No. 9 Arkansas, who they will meet again tonight. Since then, however, the Tigers have not won a game and have been extremely poor in their last three games against Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama (all in the top 20). They haven’t been able to compete against some of the better teams in the Southeastern Conference, and this game against the one-time Razorbacks will be no different. Can the Tigers turn the tide or will their SEC woes continue?

The Arkansas Razorbacks have become an SEC powerhouse in recent years. They’ve been in the top-10 in the country for most of the year and seemed like a contender to contend for an SEC title. Arkansas, much like their opponent tonight, is also struggling to find the winning column against their SEC competition. They’ve given up five of their last seven to SEC teams and sit five games behind the lead in a stacked division led by teams like Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. They’ll need to string together some impressive victories if they’re to fight for the top spot, and it starts tonight as they try to avenge their earlier loss to rival LSU Tigers.

Here are the LSU-Arkansas college basketball odds, courtesy of FanDuel.

College Basketball Odds: LSU Arkansas Odds

LSU: +12.5 (-104)

Arkansas: -12.5 (-118)

Above: 138.5 (-115)

Below: 138.5 (-105)

How to watch LSU vs. Arkansas

TV: ESPN2

Stream: ESPN app, fuboTV

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT

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Why LSU might cover the spread

Historically a solid basketball program, LSU currently sits second to bottom in the SEC standings. A stellar start to the year has set the bar high for this LSU roster. However, it seems like the rest of the SEC has caught up when it comes to basketball. The history of the LSU season has been to beat every team they play, except that team also happens to be in the SEC. They can’t find a much-needed win against this tough schedule, and it only gets harder from here as they have two more games to play against Alabama and two more games against Missouri. Forward KJ Williams had to carry most of the burden on his back – he leads the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. While the one-man approach may have worked earlier in the season, it has proven unsatisfactory when dealing with deeper teams in the SEC. Guards Justice Hill and Adam Miller must be a lot more involved. They also need to improve their shooting as they are only 43% from the field and 33% from three players. Winning this game in a hostile Arkansas environment will be difficult, the Tigers need to be close to perfect.

Why Arkansas could cover the spread

A top-10 team for the first half of the season, Arkansas has established itself as a team no one wants to play in March. The Razorbacks have branded themselves as a team that can hit the ground running in a hurry and score in a variety of ways. They played exceptionally well against last-placed Ole Miss on their last timeout, but struggled to achieve the same success against SEC-ranked opponents. Their last 5 games have been particularly difficult, but with their opponents in a similar position tonight, this seems like the perfect game for Arkansas to get back on track and find themselves in the top 25. Guard Anthony Black made it easier on this talented offense as a willing ball handler and distributor. Getting the ball to Ricky Council IV and finding scoring chances will be crucial if Makhi Mitchell holds down the paint for the Razorbacks. Arkansas should be able to pull off a comfortable win over the struggling LSU.

Final LSU Arkansas Prediction and Selection

Neither team is doing well at the moment. Arkansas has more to lose and is the better team top to bottom. The range is wide, so I expect this game to end in a Razorbacks win.

Final LSU Arkansas Prediction and Pick: Over 138.5 (-115)

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