LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: LSU (+13)
The LSU Tigers (10-3) head to Rupp Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Kentucky Wildcats (4-9). LSU opens this game as 13-point dogs. The O/U is set at 138.
LSU heads into this contest with a mark of 10-3 for the campaign. The Tigers are connecting on 35.2% on three-point attempts (107 of 304) and 76.0% from the free throw line. They average 85.2 pts per game (11th in Division 1) while hitting 48.0% from the floor. They turn the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.0 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, LSU is pulling down 38.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 164 dimes this year, which has them ranked 157th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Tigers are forcing 15.6 turnovers every game and they draw 19.8 fouls. They are ranked 263rd in college hoops in giving up assists with 180 surrendered so far this year. The Tigers are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.0% (343 of 816) and they surrender 35.2 boards per contest as a squad. They are conceding 30.5% on shots from distance and they are 262nd in the nation in PPG allowed (73.9).
The LSU Tigers stepped onto the hardwood against the Alabama Crimson Tide and went home with a loss by a final score of 105-75 in their last game. LSU finished the game with a 37.8% field goal percentage (28 out of 74) and converted 5 out of their 26 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Tigers converted 14 of 22 tries for a rate of 63.6%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 35 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 assists for this contest while earning 11 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of the defense, LSU allowed the other team to shoot 37.8% from the field on 28 out of 74 shooting. Alabama doled out 20 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Crimson Tide totaled 39 boards (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Alabama finished the game at 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 9 attempts. They made 23 out of their 43 shots from 3-point land.
Cameron Thomas is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He accumulated 21 points on 6 out of 17 shooting. He played for 31 mins and also snagged 2 boards. Thomas finished the contest at 35.3% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Tigers was Javonte Smart. He snagged 2 rebounds and also earned 4 dimes. He ended up going 28.6% from the floor in this contest by shooting 4-of-14 (12 points). When the game finished, Smart was on the court for 31 min.
Kentucky has a record of 4-9 this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wildcats are connecting on 41.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 286th in the nation. Kentucky has 871 pts for the year (67.0 per game) and they pull in 38.8 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 11.0 times per contest (304th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 15.3 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 17.7 personal fouls every game and they hit 69.6% from the free throw line. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 125th in college hoops in PPG given up with 68.1. They give up 12.4 assists and 35.7 rebounds per game, which is ranked 143rd and 211th in college hoops. The Kentucky defense allows 31.3% on 3-point attempts (88 of 281) and opponents are converting on 69.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 12.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (72nd in college hoops).
When they last played, the Kentucky Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 63-62 against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Wildcats earned 24 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for this contest. They also blocked 6 shots while recording 5 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs committed 15 fouls for the matchup which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to bury 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 72.2%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Kentucky knocked down 1 of their 13 attempts (7.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats shot 24 for 57 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.1%. The Wildcats permitted the Bulldogs to convert 26 of their 67 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 38.8% in the game. They went 25.0% from 3-point land via 4 out of 16 and finished the contest at 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). When discussing how they rebounded, Kentucky permitted Georgia to grab 34 overall (14 on the offensive glass).
Brandon Boston pitched in for the Wildcats in the matchup. He converted 9 out of 17 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, which earned him 18 points. Boston pulled down 7 boards in his 33 minutes played and had 2 dimes for this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Kentucky was Isaiah Jackson. He left the arena with 12 points in 21 minutes on the hardwood via 6 out of 6 from the floor in this contest. Jackson ended up shooting 100.0% from the floor and also earning 2 assists and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Kentucky (-13) and under 138 points
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