LSU vs. Texas Tech: Preview, Info, Odds, Watch & More
Matt McMahon and his LSU Tigers will try to reverse the script in their SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup against Texas Tech (10-10) at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. After losing six games in a row, the Bayou Bengals are in win-now mode.
Aside from an upset win over Arkansas in the SEC opener, it’s been a rough patch in conference play so far, but the Tigers continue to follow their “always take it game at a time” approach. Now, with a break from conference play against the Red Raiders, the Tigers have a chance to boost their confidence with a win over a struggling tech squad.
Here are the latest betting odds, how to watch, players to know and predictions:
LSU is currently a 2.5-point underdog going into the matchup with a 130.5 over/under, according to Sports Illustrated Sportsbook. The odds makers expect a low scoring matchup as both programs are unable to place points on the board and neither are we.
Look to LSU to prove something after six straight losses. With an identity formed and rotations just beginning to solidify, this program has a chance to face off against a non-conference enemy.
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Game Information: LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Current records: LSU (12-8) vs. Texas Tech (10-10)
Appointment time: Saturday, January 28 at 1pm CT
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Where from: Pete Maravich Congregation Center – Baton Rouge, La.
TV/Streaming: ESPNU, FuboTV
player to know
Kevin Obano: Obanor was transferred to Texas Tech to prove something. An elite bucket getter who can hit the ball at all three levels, he’s about as challenging as he is in the Big 12. When he’s up against an LSU roster with no defensive identity, it will be for Matt McMahon’s roster immediately into a difficult matchup.
Averaging 15 points and six rebounds a night at 50% from the field, Obanor gets his buckets efficiently. Keep an eye out for Derek Fountain, who’s on Obanor tonight, the Red Raiders’ go-to if you need a points boost. The ability to get second chance buckets and sense his presence inside could cause problems for LSU in the PMAC.
De’Vion Harmon: Harmon, another player added to the Red Raiders via the transfer portal, sets the pace for this squad. A true point guard, he has the ability to hit the ball when needed, but acts as an even better facilitator when he chooses to. An elite high school recruit, Harmon begins to live up to his name with Texas Tech, his third destination.
Harmon is averaging 11 points and 3.5 assists a night at 45% of the field. A player struggling from within three-point range (22%), the Tigers need to keep him on the edge and stop any inside chances the creative point guard is able to finish inside.
LSU will have their work cut out for them in this case. From preparing for a well-balanced squad on both sides to finding a way to slow down both Obanor and Harmon, it’s a tough task.
Again, how will Derek Fountain fare against a massive size team? Can Adam Miller get back on track and give the Tigers an offensive boost? These will be the two main factors in LSU’s victory.
Result Prediction: LSU 64, Texas Tech 60