LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Odds/Point Spread: LSU (+7.5)
The LSU Tigers (11-5) are headed to Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll meet the Alabama Crimson Tide (14-4). LSU opens this game as 7.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 163.
LSU steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 11-5 for the season. They currently have an average of 82.9 pts per contest (16th in D-1) while connecting on 47.1% from the field. The Tigers are connecting on 34.3% on shots from distance (130 of 379) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, LSU is grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game and has 200 assists on the season, which has them ranked 160th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.4 personal fouls per contest. Defensively, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.3 fouls. They are conceding 30.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 270th in the nation in PPG allowed (74.1). The Tigers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.6% (420 of 1,009) and they surrender 36.4 rebounds per contest as a squad. They rank 265th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 217 conceded for the year.
The LSU Tigers played the Texas Tech Red Raiders and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-71 in their last contest. LSU ended the contest with a 43.1% field goal percentage (25 out of 58) and made 9 of their 23 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Tigers buried 12 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to rebounding, they earned 28 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 8 assists in this contest while earning 10 steals and 3 rejections. In the matter of defending, LSU allowed the other team to go 43.1% from the floor on 25 of 58 shooting. Texas Tech earned 10 assists and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, the Red Raiders collected 39 rebounds (15 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Texas Tech finished the game at 81.0% from the free throw line by burying 17 of 21 tries. They knocked down 7 out of their 23 shots from 3-point land.
Javonte Smart is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He walked away with 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Smart finished the contest at 66.7% from the field and recorded 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this game for the Tigers was Cameron Thomas. He had 2 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the game at 30.0% from the floor for this contest by going 6-of-20 (25 points). Overall, Thomas was on the hardwood for 39 min.
Alabama has a record of 14-4 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Crimson Tide are shooting 43.4% from the field, which is ranked 230th in the country. Alabama has scored 1,439 points on the campaign (79.9 per game) and they pull in 39.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.4 times per game (107th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.7 times per game. The Crimson Tide commit 18.2 fouls every game and they go 70.9% from the free throw line. The Crimson Tide on the defensive end are ranked 178th in the country in points given up per game with 69.7. They concede 10.5 dimes and 39.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is 45th and 325th in those categories. The Alabama defense allows 30.6% on 3-point attempts (118 of 385) and their opposition knocks down 69.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 15.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.2% from the field (47th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a loss by a final score of 66-61 when they played the Oklahoma Sooners. The Crimson Tide snagged 25 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup. They turned away 3 attempts while earning 7 steals for this contest. The Sooners had 16 fouls in this matchup which got the Crimson Tide to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a clip of 64.3%. When talking about shooting from 3-point land, Alabama buried 10 out of their 28 attempts (35.7%). Overall, the Crimson Tide finished the game shooting 21 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.9%. The Crimson Tide permitted the Sooners to bury 25 out of their 62 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.3% for the matchup. They finished 38.1% from distance by going 8 of 21 and ended up shooting 8 out of 14 from the free throw line (57.1%). With respect to team rebounding, Alabama permitted Oklahoma to collect 39 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Alex Reese ended up being a major contributor for the Crimson Tide for this contest. He knocked down 6 out of 14 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which got him 15 points. Reese snagged 5 boards in his 27 minutes played and totaled 2 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Alabama was Jaden Shackelford. He notched 14 points in 31 minutes played via 5 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Shackelford ended the game having shot 41.7% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alabama (-7.5)
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