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How and what to watch for No. 16 Tennessee vs. LSU

The winner of Saturday’s SEC matchup will move into sole possession of second place in the conference.

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Georgia Bulldogs guard Tye Fagan defends Tennessee Volunteers guard Jaden Springer during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena.  Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers and LSU Tigers will meet up on Saturday, February 13th in Baton Rouge, and the winner will move into sole possession of second place in the SEC.

Tennessee (14-4, 7-4 SEC) won four of their last five games heading into this one and earned a victory in each of their last two. Earlier this week, the Volunteers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 89-81 at home, led by Jaden Springer. The freshman guard scored a season-high 30 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor including 3 of 4 from the three-point line. Senior guard Yves Pons missed Wednesday’s game with a knee injury, but it appears he will be back in the lineup.

LSU (12-6, 7-4 SEC) is still competing near the top of the SEC, but has some work to do to ensure an NCAA bid. LSU was in a 1-4 stretch before a 94-80 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs earlier this week. Cameron Thomas scored 25 points for LSU, and Javonte Smart added 22 in the win. Reserve forward Shareef O’Neal missed Wednesday’s game with a foot injury, and it remains to be seen whether he will return.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tennessee vs. LSU on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee -2.5
Point Total: 146
Money line: Tennessee -150, LSU +123

  • Tennessee is 4-1 straight up in their last five games, but the Volunteers are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games.
  • Tennessee hit the over in four of their last six games, and the over cashed in six of LSU’s last eight.
  • LSU is 11-5 straight up in their last 16 games and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven.

The Best Bet

If Pons doesn’t return, throw this out the window, but it appears the midseason swoon for the Vols is behind them. Let’s look for a key win for Tennessee on the road, as LSU struggles with teams that have more raw talent via a lack of upsets this season.

Pick: Tennessee -2.5

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