Kentucky vs LSU Prediction, Odds & Picks for January 3 (Kentucky Nabs First SEC Conference Win)

Adam Taylor McKillop
Find Kentucky vs. LSU predictions, betting odds, moneyline, spread, over/under and more for the January 3 college basketball matchup.
Find Kentucky vs. LSU predictions, betting odds, moneyline, spread, over/under and more for the January 3 college basketball matchup. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Kentucky vs LSU Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 19 Kentucky (9-4, 0-1 SEC) vs. LSU (12-1, 1-0 SEC)
  • Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Rupp Arena -- Lexington, Kentucky

Tuesday's exciting slate of college basketball includes an SEC clash between the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats and the LSU Tigers.

Kentucky, who may have four losses on the year, has lost two of these games against ranked opponents and faces the Tigers, who have yet to play any fierce competition prior to their win over No. 9 Arkansas last week.

Can Kentucky stay in the ranked column and nab their first SEC win?

Kentucky vs LSU Odds & Spread

The Wildcats enter this matchup as heavy favorites, evideced by their huge -610 odds on the moneyline. Kentucky is also considered a 10.5-point favorite and the over/under sits at 137.5 points.

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Kentucky vs LSU Betting Trends

  • Kentucky has beaten the spread five times in 13 games.
  • The Wildcats' ATS record as 10.5-point favorites or more is 5-3.
  • Kentucky has played 13 games this season, and seven of them have hit the over.
  • LSU has covered the spread six times in 13 games.
  • This season, four of LSU's 13 games have gone over the point total.
Kentucky Rank Kentucky AVG LSU AVG LSU Rank
46th 79.0 Points Scored 72.0 182nd
114th 66.2 Points Allowed 63.4 55th
12th 37.8 Rebounds 32.1 207th
4th 12.7 Off. Rebounds 8.5 217th
116th 8.1 3pt Made 7.4 195th
15th 17.8 Assists 13.8 158th
128th 11.9 Turnovers 12.4 183rd

Best College Basketball Picks - Kentucky vs LSU

Both of these teams have so much talent on both sides of the ball, but I'm particularly looking at a matchup inside between LSU's KJ Williams and Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe. These big men lead their respective teams in both scoring and rebounding.

Williams has been on a tear offensively, notching 18.5 points per game alongside a 55.2% field goal percentage and nearly 80% on the line. Tshiebwe averages a double-double with his 16.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest.

Big time players come up big under the brightest of lights, and I expect Williams to continue his hot hand. He'll present an issue for Kentucky's defense but the Wildcats' dominance on the boards proves a difference, late. Expect this game to stay close between two hot SEC teams.

Final Score Prediction: LSU 65 | Kentucky 71

Kentucky vs LSU Picks

The 10.5-point spread is far too lofty for a pair of teams that match up so well. I think Kentucky ultimately prevails because of their talent on offense and ability to rebound the basketball, but LSU keeps this close with an ability to turn the ball over (8.5 steals per game).

Bet: LSU +10.5 (-110)


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