Penn State Nittany Lions vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 11/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs LSU Tigers
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Location: Raider Arena in Destin, FL
Raider Arena is where the LSU Tigers (5-0) will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) on Friday.
The Penn State Nittany Lions took the court against Cornell and walked away with a win by a score of 85-74 in their last game. Penn State walked away from the game with a 49.1% field goal percentage (27 of 55) and made 15 out of their 34 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nittany Lions converted 16 of 21 tries for a rate of 76.2%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they collected 38 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 16 assists in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When talking about the defense, Penn State let their opponent shoot 37.9% from the field on 25 of 66 shooting. Cornell doled out 13 assists and had 9 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Cornell pulled down 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Cornell ended up going 71.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 21 shots. They buried 9 of 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Regarding personal fouls, the Nittany Lions ended up finishing with 19 and Cornell recorded 22 personal fouls.
Sam Sessoms is a guy who came through in this matchup. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field and dished out 4 assists. He played for 34 mins and grabbed 6 rebounds. He racked up 22 points on 6 out of 11 shooting.
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Penn State steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 3-1 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Penn State is pulling down 38.0 rebounds per game and has earned 54 dimes this year, which has them ranked 298th in the country in terms of passing. The Nittany Lions are hitting 35.7% on shots from downtown (30 of 84) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 72.5 points per outing (191st in D-1) while connecting on 47.9% from the field.
Defensively, the Nittany Lions are able to force 8.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are surrendering 36.4% on three-point shots and they are 173rd in D-1 in points per game allowed (68.3). The Nittany Lions defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.4% (98 of 237) and they relinquish 29.8 boards per contest as a group. They rank 52nd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 46 relinquished so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the LSU Tigers got the victory with a final of 83-53 against Belmont. The Tigers corralled 35 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 39 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 15 steals in this game. Belmont was called for 11 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for 15 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 86.7%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the perimeter, LSU converted 6 of their 19 tries (31.6%). Overall, the Tigers ended up going 32 out of 59 from the floor which had them at 54.2%. The Tigers allowed Belmont to convert 20 out of 62 attempts from the field which left them shooting 32.3% in the game. They finished 25.6% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 39 and finished the contest at 3 of 5 from the free throw line (60.0%). When discussing how they rebounded, LSU permitted Belmont to snag 25 overall (6 offensive).
Tari Eason ended up being important for the Tigers for this game. He had 15 points in his 19 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 1 assist in this matchup. He made 7 of 11 for this contest for a rate of 63.6%, and had 7 rebounds.
LSU has a record of 5-0 for the season. The Tigers have committed 16.6 fouls every game and they connect on 77.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.8 times per game (40th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.2 times per contest. LSU has 427 points on the season (85.4 per contest) and they snag 41.2 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers are hitting on 50.0% from the field, which has them ranked 27th in Division 1.
The Tigers defensively are ranked 2nd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 51.0. They are forcing their opponents into 21.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 33.2% from the field (5th in college hoops). The LSU defense allows 24.6% on shots from beyond the arc (31 of 126) and their opponents are making 60.5% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 10.2 dimes and 32.6 rebounds per game, ranking them 79th and 101st in Division 1.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Penn State
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