With the Final Four set for the Caesars Superdome, what are the chances the LSU Tigers can make it to New Orleans? OK, that’s getting ahead of ourselves. The question in the Louisiana sports betting marketplace at the moment is whether LSU is worth betting on to win the SEC Tournament?
The 14-team tournament begins Wednesday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena with the four lowest seeds in action. LSU fans will be paying close attention to the game between No. 12 Missouri and No. 13 Ole Miss.
The winner of that game faces the No. 5 Tigers on Thursday, and the winner of that game faces No. 4 Arkansas on Friday. The top four seeds, including No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Tennessee, and No. 3 Kentucky have earned double-byes into the quarterfinals.
If LSU upsets the Razorbacks on Friday, it will likely face Auburn in the semifinals. An upset or two will certainly bolster LSU’s NCAA Tournament seeding — making a shot at reaching the Final Four a bit more plausible.
An LSU appearance in the Final Four in New Orleans will be a case of March Madness betting carrying over into April.
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SEC Tournament Odds: Four Teams Ahead Of LSU
Kentucky’s the No. 3 seed in the tournament, but the betting favorite according to DraftKings Louisiana, BetMGM Louisiana, Caesars Louisiana, BetRivers Louisiana, and FanDuel Louisiana. That’s hardly surprising as the Wildcats are 25-6 overall and 14-4 in the SEC, and a perennial SEC favorite.
Kentucky’s odds range from +150 at BetRivers to +200 at FanDuel. Auburn (27-4, 15-3 SEC) is next on the board with its odds sitting between +200 at BetRivers to +270 at FanDuel.
Tennessee is a solid third among oddsmakers, followed by Arkansas and then LSU. Oddsmakers clearly aren’t bullish on LSU running through the field. DraftKings and Caesars have the Tigers at +1000, while FanDuel’s at +1100. BetMGM lists LSU at +1200, with BetRivers offering the best odds at +1300.
Here’s a look at the odds for the full tournament field.
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Looking at the teams trailing LSU, and oddsmakers have Alabama as the last team with a realistic shot at winning the SEC. The Crimson Tide sits between +1400 to +1800. Florida, meanwhile, is next at odds ranging from +4000 to +6000.
Sophomore forward Tari Eason leads LSU in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game. A pair of seniors are next in line in the scoring ranks. Forward Darius Days averages 13.6 points and guard Xavier Pinson adds 10.3 ppg.
Freshman guard Brandon Murray averages 10.0 points per game, with sophomore guard Eric Gaines adding 9.3 ppg.
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LSU Facing Notice Of Allegations, Sports Illustrated Reports
In addition to facing a tough challenge to win the SEC title, the Tigers have received a notice of allegations on Tuesday, according to a report from Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated reported that the infractions date back to 2017.
LSU coach Will Wade could be terminated if the program is charged with major violations, SI reports.
The question is whether this will faze the Tigers during the SEC Tournament? Considering any resolution by the NCAA is at least months away – if not longer – the guess here is that it won’t impact Wade or his players.
The biggest obstacle facing LSU is a rugged path through the bracket, but if you can get the Tigers at +1300, you might find it a wager worth placing.