LSU at Arkansas -9 O/U 163
LSU is a far different team under first-year head coach Will Wade. The most notable change is more effort on the defensive end of the floor. It's a work in progress but since losing at home to Stephen F. Austin 83-82, the Tigers have allowed 58, 52, 61, 75, and 68 including league tilts vs. Kentucky and at Texas A&M. It's still a team that will get out in transition and break down in the half court defensively, but Wade has them playing far more traditional basketball compared to the up-and-down, no defense style under former head coach Johnny Jones. Arkansas is playing up-tempo per usual but due to a number of high scoring non-conference affairs, their totals are currently a bit "juiced." All three of the Razorbacks' SEC games thus far went under the total in regulation; the Tennessee game went to overtime. Last year's two meetings closed 164.5 and 162.5 and here we see a similar number despite LSU being slower paced and better defensively. Numbers play here as the under worth a bet.