LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 3/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: LSU (+6)
The LSU Tigers (17-8) travel to Bridgestone Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (22-6). LSU opens this contest as 6-point underdogs. The total is set at 157.5.
LSU enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 17-8 on the year. They currently have an average of 82.4 pts per contest (8th in the nation) while connecting on 46.8% from the field. The Tigers are shooting 34.5% on 3-point shots (201 of 582) and 74.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, LSU is pulling down 38.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 314 assists for the year, which ranks 172nd in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 11.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Tigers have forced 13.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 fouls. They give up 30.1% on three-point shots and they rank 286th in college basketball in points per game allowed (75.3). The Tigers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.8% (664 of 1,588) and they concede 37.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 252nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 336 surrendered on the season.
The LSU Tigers faced the Ole Miss Rebels and notched a win by a score of 76-73 in their last contest. LSU wrapped up the game having earned a 44.6% field goal percentage (29 out of 65) and buried 7 out of their 20 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Tigers buried 11 of their 16 tries for a rate of 68.8%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected a total of 37 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 dimes in this contest while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When it comes to defense, LSU allowed their opponent to shoot 40.6% from the floor on 26 out of 64 shooting. Ole Miss doled out 8 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Ole Miss collected 39 boards (17 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Ole Miss ended up shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 20 attempts. They knocked down 6 of their 19 attempts from 3-point range.
Trendon Watford is someone who was important for this game. He ended up with 24 points on 11 out of 14 shooting. He played 38 minutes and totaled 7 rebounds. Watford shot 78.6% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Tigers was Darius Days. He collected 12 rebounds in 33 min played on the night. He finished the game at 53.3% from the field for the game by going 8-of-15 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Days didn't record a dime.
Alabama has a win-loss mark of 22-6 for the campaign. Alabama has accumulated 2,234 points on the season (79.8 per contest) and they collect 40.1 rebounds per game. The Crimson Tide are committing 18.6 fouls per contest and they go 71.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Crimson Tide are hitting on 43.3% from the field, which ranks 222nd in the nation. They are earning an assist 14.3 times per contest (96th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per contest. The Crimson Tide are ranked 157th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 69.5. They have surrendered 11.0 dimes and 38.8 boards per contest, which is 48th and 318th in the country. The Alabama defense surrenders 28.2% on shots from distance (163 of 577) and their opponents are making 68.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 16.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 40.4% from the field (34th in D-1).
In their last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide got the win with a final of 85-48 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide corralled 21 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this game. They also coughed it up 9 times, while recording 11 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs had 12 fouls in this matchup which took the Crimson Tide to the free throw line for a total of 8 tries. They were able to make 8 of them for a rate of 100.0%. With regard to 3-pointers, Alabama knocked down 13 of their 36 attempts (36.1%). When the game finished, the Crimson Tide shot 32 out of 66 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.5%. The Crimson Tide permitted the Bulldogs to knock down 18 of 62 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 29.0% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 5.3% from distance by shooting 1 out of 19 and ended up going 11 out of 16 from the charity stripe (68.8%). Concerning rebounding, Alabama allowed Mississippi State to collect 38 in all (17 offensive).
Jaden Shackelford ended up having an impact for the Crimson Tide in the matchup. He made 5 out of 12 for the game giving him a rate of 41.7%, and tallied 1 rebound. Shackelford tallied 13 points in his 18 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Alabama was John Petty. He came away with 2 assists in 19 mins played, and he knocked down 3 of 7 from the floor. Petty finished going 42.9% from the floor and also earning 9 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alabama (-6)
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