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Arkansas Razorbacks vs Louisiana State Tigers Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 02:00 PM

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Logo Arkansas Razorbacks
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OPENNER
145.5

6.5 -110
CURRENT
146o -111

+235
MONEYLINE
-275

65
SCORE
58

LSU battled for 40 minutes to win its last game. Arkansas removed all stress in the first 10 minutes of its most recent contest and rolled to its first Southeastern Conference victory.

The No. 12 Tigers (15-1, 3-1 SEC) and Razorbacks (11-5, 1-3) will meet Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU starting point guard Xavier Pinson didn't play at Florida on Wednesday and the Tigers saw two key players foul out. But they managed to hold off repeated runs by the Gators and grabbed a 64-58 victory.

"We're fighters," LSU coach Will Wade said. "We're a tough out. We have guys that stepped up and came through for us."

Eric Gaines started in Pinson's place and scored a career-high 15 points in a career-high 34 minutes.

"He made some huge plays," Wade said.

Darius Days, who had a total of just 10 points and six rebounds in three previous games in Gainesville, a mere 20 miles from his hometown of Raleigh, Fla., had a game-high 20 points, including 11 in the first 8 1/2 minutes, and Brandon Murray scored 10.

"I thought we got off to a great start, which was huge," Wade said.

The Tigers never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 14 points in the first half and by eight at halftime.

The Gators closed within three points once, two points five times and one point once in the first half, but LSU held them off each time even though leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Tari Eason fouled out with 14:07 left and starting center Efton Reid fouled out with 7:16 to play.

LSU has won three straight SEC games since losing its conference opener at Auburn on Dec. 29. Auburn is up to No. 4 in the latest Top 25 poll and could rise again next week following Baylor and Southern Cal losses.

Arkansas had lost five of six before hosting Missouri, which was coming off an upset of Alabama, on Wednesday. The Razorbacks dominated from the start, racing to a 26-3 lead after 10 minutes and leading 49-15 at halftime on their way to an 87-43 victory.

"Whatever it takes to win -- that was the mindset," said Trey Wade, who had a season-high 17 points. "We came in, we tried to play as hard as we can. We tried to play team basketball. I think we took a step forward."

After committing a season-worst 18 turnovers in a loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 8, the Razorbacks committed a season-low eight. They had 13 steals among 23 Missouri turnovers and outscored the Tigers 26-4 in points off of turnovers.

"We know that games like this don't happen often," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. "I can't remember a league game in any league I've ever coached where a team played so well for 40 minutes. I think we played as hard as any college team could play for 40 minutes."

Missouri shot 12 percent in the first half, 29.9 percent for the game, and finished 2 of 16 on 3-pointers.

"We guarded the three and we guarded the rim," Musselman said. "It can happen, but you've got to have all five guys doing exactly what you're supposed to do."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Arkansas Razorbacks
69
76
Louisiana State Tigers

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Louisiana State Tigers Recap JAN 15TH 2022

JD Notae scored 19 points and contributed to a stifling defensive performance late in the game as visiting Arkansas pulled off a 65-58 upset victory over No. 12 LSU on Saturday at Baton Rouge, La.

Au'Diese Tony added 12 points and Jaylin Williams had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Razorbacks (12-5, 3-2 SEC), who held the Tigers (15-2, 3-2) to two points in the final nine minutes.

Eric Gaines scored 14 points, while Tari Eason and Alex Fudge scored 13 each to lead the Tigers. Second-leading scorer Darius Days, whjo entered with 14.7 points per game for the Tigers, had three points on 1 of 8 shooting.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman missed the game while recovering from shoulder surgery. Assistant coach and Baton Rouge native Keith Smart was acting head coach for the Razorbacks.

Musselman is expected to miss at least one more game. The Razorbacks face South Carolina on Tuesday at Fayetteville, Ark.

Notae scored the Razorbacks' first five points of the second half to give them a 36-35 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Efton Reid and Gaines gave LSU a 41-36 lead with 17:10 remaining.

Stanley Umude made a 3-pointer for the Razorbacks before Days got his first points of the game of a layup that gave LSU a 43-39 lead with 15:22 to play.

Arkansas tied the score twice before Eason scored four points to help the Tigers take a 56-48 lead with 9:01 remaining before their offense went cold.

Notae's 3-pointer with 3:35 remaining completed a 10-0 run that gave Arkansas a 58-56 lead. Fudge's basket ended a 6:45 scoring drought for the Tigers and tied the score at 58-all.

Jaylin Williams' 3-pointer broke the tie with 1:14 left and Stanley Umude added a put-back with 17 seconds left to seal the victory.

The Razorbacks took their first lead 13 minutes into the game at 22-20 on two free throws by Chris Lykes. The score changed hands three times and was tied twice before the Tigers took a 33-31 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

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