Sam Houston State Bearkats vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 12/14/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sam Houston State Bearkats vs LSU Tigers
Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Sam Houston State (+24.5)
The Sam Houston State Bearkats (2-3) head to Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Monday where they'll take on the LSU Tigers (3-1). The line on this matchup has LSU as 24.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 154.5.
Sam Houston State enters this one with a record of 2-3 this year. They turn it over 15.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 21.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Sam Houston State is snagging 35.4 rebounds per game and has 89 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 52nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Bearkats are connecting on 33.3% on shots from 3-point land (43 of 129) and 61.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 81.6 pts per game (58th in D-1) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. Defensively, the Bearkats have forced 21.0 turnovers every game and they draw 18.6 fouls. The Bearkats defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.5% (119 of 280) and they concede 37.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 244th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 75 relinquished for the season. They relinquish 27.1% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 204th in college hoops in opponents points per game (72.6).
The Sam Houston State Bearkats faced the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets and went home with a win by a final score of 117-54 in their last contest. Sam Houston State walked away from the contest with a 54.9% FG percentage (45 of 82) and buried 17 of their 40 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bearkats converted 10 of 16 attempts for a rate of 62.5%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 49 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 31 assists in this contest while getting 14 steals and 7 blocks. When it comes to defending, Sam Houston State allowed their opponent to shoot 54.9% from the field on 45 of 82. Howard Payne doled out 9 dimes and 4 steals in this game. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets pulled down 26 rebounds (3 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. Howard Payne shot 77.8% at the charity stripe by converting 14 of their 18 tries. They buried 4 out of their 31 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Tristan Ikpe is someone who was pivotal for the contest. He scored 14 points on 7 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 15 minutes and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ikpe finished 77.8% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Bearkats was Zach Nutall. He had 5 rebounds and also totaled 3 dimes. He ended up going 61.5% from the field in the game by shooting 8-of-13 (20 points). When the final whistle was blown, Nutall saw the court for 14 min.
LSU has a mark of 3-1 for the season. The Tigers have committed 18.0 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 79.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.5 times per contest (175th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 11.3 times per contest. LSU has tallied 357 pts this year (89.3 per game) and they collect 38.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Tigers are shooting 52.3% from the field, which has them ranked 59th in the nation. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 105th in the nation in points given up per game with 66.0. They give up 13.0 assists and 31.5 total rebounds per game, which is 174th and 58th in D-1. The LSU defense gives up 30.3% on shots from beyond the arc (33 of 109) and opponents are making 62.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 38.7% from the floor (67th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the LSU Tigers got the victory with a final of 86-55 when they faced the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The Tigers were able to pull down 39 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in this game. They turned away 4 tries while getting 7 steals for the contest. The Bulldogs were called for 23 personal fouls in the game which got the Tigers to the free throw line for 34 shots. They were able to make 26 of the free throws for a rate of 76.5%. In regard to shots from distance, LSU made 8 of 20 attempts (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Tigers went 26 for 48 from the floor which had them sitting at 54.2%. The Tigers permitted the Bulldogs to convert 19 of their 66 tries from the floor which had them shooting 28.8% in this matchup. They went 17.2% from beyond the arc by shooting 5 out of 29 and ended up going 12 of 25 from the free throw line (48.0%). In reference to rebounding, LSU allowed Louisiana Tech to pull down 31 in total (14 on the offensive side).
Javonte Smart played big minutes for the Tigers in this contest. He converted 6 out of 9 for this contest giving him a rate of 66.7%, which got him 16 points. Smart totaled 6 rebounds in his 30 mins played and earned 2 assists for the game. Another guy that played a role for LSU was Cameron Thomas. He totaled 16 points in 29 minutes played via 5 out of 11 shooting for the contest. Thomas finished going 45.5% from the floor while contributing 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Sam Houston State (+24.5)
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