LSU Tigers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 3/22/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: LSU (+5)
Lucas Oil Stadium is the venue where and the Michigan Wolverines (21-4) will play the LSU Tigers (19-9) on Monday in the NCAA Tournament. LSU opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 148.
LSU will play this contest with a record of 19-9 so far this year. They currently have an average of 81.9 points per game (9th in the country) while shooting 46.1% from the field. The Tigers are shooting 34.9% on 3-pointers (228 of 653) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, LSU is snagging 38.7 boards per game and is sitting with 343 dimes so far this season, which is 128th in D-1 in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Tigers have forced 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 313th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 378 surrendered for the campaign. The Tigers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.6% (745 of 1,792) and they concede 37.8 rebounds per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 29.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 282nd in D-1 in PPG allowed (74.8).
The LSU Tigers played the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and went home with a win by a final score of 76-61 in their last contest. LSU ended having earned a 40.3% FG percentage (25 out of 62) and converted 8 of their 25 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Tigers knocked down 18 of their 22 tries for a rate of 81.8%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected 45 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 3 turnovers and earning 2 steals. In relation to defense, LSU let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the floor on 21 of 63 shooting. St. Bonaventure dished out 10 assists and had 3 steals for the game. Moreover, St. Bonaventure had 29 rebounds (9 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 5 rejections. St. Bonaventure shot 80.0% from the free throw line by burying 16 of their 20 attempts. They also buried 3 of their 20 attempts from long range.
Cameron Thomas is a guy who was a contributor for this contest. He racked up 27 points on 7 of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Thomas finished the contest at 38.9% from the field and also earned 3 assists. One more player that came through in this game for the Tigers was Aundre Hyatt. He pulled down 10 rebounds in 32 min played on the night. He shot 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 5-of-10 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Hyatt accounted for 2 assists.
Michigan has a record of 21-4 so far this year. The Wolverines are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.6 times per contest (45th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 11.2 times per game. Michigan has 1,912 points so far this year (76.5 per game) and they collect 37.5 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Wolverines are shooting 48.3% from the field, which ranks 31st in the nation. The Wolverines defensively are ranked 53rd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 65.4. They have forced 10.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (13th in the nation). The Michigan defense concedes 32.9% on 3-point shots (160 of 487) and opponents are converting on 75.6% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 10.0 assists and 31.2 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 16th and 31st in D-1.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Michigan Wolverines took home the win by a final score of 82-66 against the Texas Southern Tigers. The Wolverines recorded 24 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the game. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Tigers were called for 20 fouls in the game which got the Wolverines to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 80.8%. Concerning shots from downtown, Michigan converted 9 of 26 tries (34.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Wolverines ended up going 26 for 54 from the floor which had them shooting 48.1%. The Wolverines permitted the Tigers to convert 23 of their 64 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 35.9% in this matchup. They went 8.3% from 3-point land by shooting 1 of 12 and finished the contest at 19 of 22 at the charity stripe (86.4%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Michigan allowed Texas Southern to grab 23 in all (10 offensive).
Mike Smith ended up being a major contributor for the Wolverines for the matchup. He converted 6 out of 12 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and added 4 rebounds. Smith totaled 18 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and accounted for 5 assists for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Michigan was Hunter Dickinson. He walked away with no assists in 24 mins on the court, and he put in 6 of 7 from the floor. Dickinson ended the game having shot 85.7% from the field while totaling 16 points and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LSU (+5)
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