St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 3/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs LSU Tigers
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: St. Bonaventure (+2)
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is the venue where and the LSU Tigers (18-9) will take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (16-4) on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. LSU opens this game as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 144.5.
St. Bonaventure enters this game with a win-loss mark of 16-4 on the campaign. They are averaging 70.5 points per outing (200th in D-1) while hitting 44.9% from the field. The Bonnies are connecting on 35.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (131 of 370) and 73.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, St. Bonaventure is collecting 37.3 rebounds per game and has 296 dimes this year, which has them ranked 198th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 11.1 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.3 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Bonnies are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.5 fouls. The Bonnies are giving up a FG percentage of 38.9% (429 of 1,104) and they surrender 33.0 boards per contest as a group. They are 73rd in the country in giving up assists with 247 surrendered for the season. They relinquish 30.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 5th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (60.4).
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies stepped onto the hardwood against the VCU Rams and went home with a win by a final score of 74-65 in their last contest. St. Bonaventure ended with a 40.3% field goal percentage (25 out of 62) and made 8 of their 19 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bonnies knocked down 16 of their 20 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. With respect to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 37 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists in the matchup while creating 9 turnovers and earning 3 steals. When it comes to defense, St. Bonaventure allowed the other team to go 40.7% from the floor on 22 of 54 shooting. VCU dished out 9 assists and had 4 steals for this game. Furthurmore, VCU pulled down 26 rebounds (3 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 4 blocks. VCU finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 20 attempts. They converted 6 of 18 shots from 3-point range.
Kyle Lofton is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He accumulated 23 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 mins and also snagged 5 rebounds. Lofton went 42.9% from the floor and also distributed 6 assists. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Bonnies was Osun Osunniyi. He collected 12 rebounds in his 37 min played. He finished shooting 83.3% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 5-of-6 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Osunniyi tallied 1 assist.
LSU has a record of 18-9 this season. The Tigers are committing 17.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 12.3 times per game (236th in the country) and they are giving up possession 11.7 times per game. LSU has scored 2,217 pts for the season (82.1 per contest) and they pull in 38.3 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tigers are shooting 46.3% from the field, which ranks them 71st in the nation. The Tigers defensively are ranked 286th in the country in points allowed per contest with 75.3. They are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.9% from the field (98th in college hoops). The LSU defense allows 30.0% from downtown (230 of 766) and opponents are connecting on 70.6% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 13.6 assists and 38.1 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 229th and 309th in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the LSU Tigers went home defeated by a final of 80-79 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers recorded 26 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards for a total of 41 in the game. They turned the ball over 5 times, while recording 6 steals in this game. The Crimson Tide were called for 15 fouls for this game which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 13 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 69.2%. With regard to shooting from downtown, LSU made 10 out of their 27 attempts (37.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Tigers went 30 out of 74 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.5%. The Tigers allowed the Crimson Tide to make 33 of their 76 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.4% for the game. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from 3-point land by going 12 out of 36 and ended up going 2 of 5 from the free throw line (40.0%). In reference to team rebounding, LSU permitted Alabama to collect 47 in total (16 offensive).
Trendon Watford was important for the Tigers in the game. He converted 13 of 23 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 56.5%, and had 8 rebounds. Watford earned 30 points in his 39 minutes on the court and earned 2 assists for the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for LSU was Javonte Smart. He accumulated 5 assists in 38 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 7 of 17 from the floor. Smart ended the game having shot 41.2% from the floor while notching 21 points and 7 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take LSU (-2) and under 144.5 points
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