Auburn Tigers vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs LSU Tigers
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Auburn (+4)
The Auburn Tigers (11-11) go to Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday where they'll take on the LSU Tigers (13-6). Auburn opens this game as 4-point dogs. The total is set at 162.5.
Auburn heads into this one with a win-loss record of 11-11 this season. The Tigers are connecting on 33.7% on shots from distance (205 of 609) and 70.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.8 points per outing (41st in college hoops) while hitting 44.7% from the field. They turn the ball over 16.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 18.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Auburn is grabbing 39.3 boards per game and has 345 dimes this season, which ranks 20th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Tigers are able to force 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. The Tigers are giving up a FG percentage of 43.5% (601 of 1,381) and they surrender 35.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 274th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 279 conceded for the campaign. They concede 32.0% from 3-point land and they rank 294th in college hoops in opponents points per game (76.0).
The Auburn Tigers faced off with the Kentucky Wildcats and went home with a loss by a final score of 82-80 in their last game. Auburn ended the contest having earned a 41.1% FG percentage (30 out of 73) and converted 11 out of their 30 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Tigers converted 9 of their 10 attempts for a rate of 90.0%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 39 with 17 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 12 assists for the game while earning 5 steals and 8 rejections. When talking about the defense, Auburn allowed the other team to shoot 41.1% from the field on 30 out of 73 shooting. Kentucky doled out 15 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Wildcats collected 32 boards (12 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 8 blocks. Kentucky finished the contest at 68.0% from the free throw line by burying 17 of 25 attempts. They also buried 11 of their 24 attempts from long range.
JT Thor is someone who was a contributor in this contest. He walked away with 24 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28 minutes played and grabbed 9 rebounds. Thor shot 72.7% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Tigers was Allen Flanigan. He snagged 5 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished shooting 61.5% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 8-of-13 (23 points). Overall, Flanigan played 31 min.
LSU has a win-loss mark of 13-6 so far this year. LSU has totaled 1,558 points so far this year (82.0 per contest) and they snag 36.8 boards per contest. The Tigers commit 16.9 fouls per game and they go 76.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Tigers are hitting on 47.1% from the field, which is ranked 58th in Division 1. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.7 times per contest (221st in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per contest. The Tigers on defense are ranked 272nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 74.1. They are able to force 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (133rd in college basketball). The LSU defense allows 30.4% on 3-pointers (167 of 549) and opponents are knocking down 71.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 13.8 assists and 36.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 239th and 254th in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the LSU Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 78-65 when they played the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers snagged 26 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 in this contest. They also rejected 4 shots while earning 7 steals in this contest. The Volunteers had 15 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 94.4%. Regarding 3-pointers, LSU made 7 out of 21 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Tigers finished the game shooting 27 out of 52 from the floor which had them at 51.9%. The Tigers allowed the Volunteers to convert 22 of 62 attempts from the field which left them shooting 35.5% in this matchup. They finished 29.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 8 out of 27 and ended up shooting 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). When discussing rebounding, LSU allowed Tennessee to grab 32 in all (10 offensive).
Cameron Thomas ended up having an impact for the Tigers for the contest. He made 6 out of 16 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which earned him 25 points. Thomas had 3 boards in his 36 mins and accounted for 4 assists in this game. One more player who came through for LSU was Javonte Smart. He racked up 20 points in 35 minutes on the court via 8 out of 13 from the floor for the matchup. Smart wrapped this one up going 61.5% from the floor while collecting 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Auburn (+4)
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