LSU Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: LSU (+4)
Bud Walton Arena is the site where and the Arkansas Razorbacks (18-5) will play the LSU Tigers (14-7) on Saturday. Arkansas opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 161.
LSU comes into this contest with a mark of 14-7 on the season. They turn it over 12.2 times per game and as a unit they commit 17.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, LSU is collecting 37.4 boards per game and has totaled 265 dimes for the season, which ranks 177th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Tigers are hitting 34.6% on three-point shots (170 of 491) and 75.1% from the free throw line. They average 82.9 points per contest (8th in Division 1) while shooting 47.1% from the field. On defense, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 14.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 fouls. The Tigers defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 42.2% (564 of 1,338) and they relinquish 37.2 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 248th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 290 conceded for the season. They are giving up 30.1% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 285th in college basketball in points per game allowed (75.2).
The LSU Tigers played the Georgia Bulldogs and went home with a loss by a final score of 91-78 in their last game. LSU wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.3% FG percentage (27 out of 67) and buried 8 out of their 30 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Tigers made 16 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 59.3%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 37 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 11 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In relation to defending, LSU allowed the other team to shoot 46.4% from the field on 32 of 69 shooting. Georgia distributed 19 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, Georgia pulled down 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Georgia finished 64.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 18 of their 28 tries. They also made 9 of 31 attempts from downtown.
Cameron Thomas is someone who was important in this contest. He recorded 21 points on 7 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins played and also snagged 5 rebounds. Thomas finished the game at 36.8% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Tigers was Javonte Smart. He didn't pull down a board in 38 minutes on the court. He finished the game at 45.5% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 5-of-11 (19 points). Overall, Smart had accumulated 3 assists.
Arkansas has a record of 18-5 on the season. Arkansas has accumulated 1,895 pts for the campaign (82.4 per game) and they grab 40.3 boards per game. The Razorbacks are committing 17.0 fouls per contest while shooting 73.8% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Razorbacks are hitting on 45.1% from the field, which is 127th in college basketball. They are earning an assist 14.8 times per game (81st in the country) and they turn the ball over 12.9 times per contest. The Razorbacks on the defensive side of the court are 181st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 70.0. The Arkansas defense surrenders 31.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (170 of 534) and opponents are converting on 69.0% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 11.8 assists and 35.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 93rd and 215th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.4% from the floor (85th in Division 1).
In their last game, the Arkansas Razorbacks walked away with a victory by a final of 81-66 when they faced the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Razorbacks were able to pull down 28 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this game. They turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 4 steals in the game. The Crimson Tide committed 32 personal fouls in this game which got the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for a total of 43 shots. They were able to knock down 27 of them for a clip of 62.8%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Arkansas converted 4 of their 14 tries (28.6%). When the game finished, the Razorbacks finished the game shooting 25 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.3%. The Razorbacks permitted the Crimson Tide to convert 26 of their 69 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.7% for the game. They finished 33.3% from beyond the arc by hitting 11 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 3 of 8 from the free throw line (37.5%). In the matter of team rebounding, Arkansas permitted Alabama to collect 35 in all (11 offensive).
Moses Moody was important for the Razorbacks for the matchup. He buried 3 out of 12 for the game for a rate of 25.0%, and tallied 5 rebounds. Moody tallied 24 points in his 39 mins on the court and had 4 dimes in the game. Someone else that was important for Arkansas was Jalen Tate. He finished with 4 dimes in 37 mins played, and he shot 5 out of 7 from the floor. Tate walked away from this one going 71.4% from the field while collecting 12 points and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LSU (+4)
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