Tournament to be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Louisiana State Tigers vs Mississippi St. Bulldogs (-6.5, 156)
ABOUT LSU (10-20 SU, 11-17-1 ATS, 21-8 O/U): LSU’s second-year guard Antonio Blakeney finished fifth in the SEC in scoring at 17.4 points per game but comes in having scored just 21 combined points over his last two games; he had averaged 26.3 points over his previous six contests. Duop Reath is second on the team at 12.2 points per game and was sensational in defeat against Mississippi State, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Brandon Sampson (11.8) rounds out the top three in scoring, and is averaging 17.7 points over his last three games while shooting a blistering 18-of-20 from the free-throw line.
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (15-15 SU, 16-11 ATS, 15-12 O/U): Mississippi St. is led by sophomore guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, who finished sixth in the conference in scoring at 16.6 points per game; he averaged slightly less in two meetings with the Tigers this season (16 ppg), but shot 14-of-22 from the field. Lamar Peters (10.9) and Mario Kegler (10.3) join Weatherspoon in double digits, while Kegler adds 5.6 rebounds but comes in shooting just 8-for-24 over his previous three games. Sophomore forward Aric Holman added 8.4 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds, and averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 boards in two games against LSU.
* Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
* Bulldogs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
* Over is 12-2 in Tigers last 14 games following a ATS loss.
* Over is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 games as a favorite.
* Over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Missouri Tigers vs Auburn Tigers (-6.5, 153)
ABOUT MISSOURI (7-23 SU, 12-13-2 ATS, 14-13 O/U): The Tigers have been an anemic 3-point shooting team all season, but they hit a season-high 13 from beyond the arc – on a school-record 38 attempts – at Auburn on Saturday. Missouri has three players who average double digits in points – Jordan Barnett (12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds), Kevin Puryear (11, six) and Terrence Phillips (10.5, 4.4 assists) – but the supporting cast has been inconsistent. Puryear led the way with 19 points Saturday after going 1-for-10 for four in a 77-72 home loss to Auburn on Jan. 10.
ABOUT AUBURN (18-13 SU, 16-13 ATS, 16-13 O/U): Perhaps the Tigers’ biggest question mark in the postseason is how their bevy of freshman stars will perform on the big stage. Guards Mustapha Heron (15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds) and Jared Harper (11.5 points), forward Danjel Purifoy (11.4) and center Austin Wiley (8.8) – all freshmen – are the top four scorers for Bruce Pearl’s team. Heron has given Missouri fits, averaging 18 points in the two meetings this season.
* Auburn is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games as a favorite.
* Over is 11-2 in Auburn’s last 13 overall.
* Under is 6-2 in Missouri’s last 8 neutral site games.
* Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.