Tennessee Volunteers vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs LSU Tigers
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-1.5)
The Tennessee Volunteers (14-4) go to Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday where they'll meet the LSU Tigers (12-6). LSU opens this matchup as 1.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 146.
Tennessee will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 14-4 for the year. They are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per game and as a unit they commit 16.6 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Tennessee is grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game and has tallied 268 assists this year, which is 74th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Volunteers are connecting on 34.5% on three-point attempts (114 of 330) and 73.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.3 pts per contest (136th in D-1) while going 45.2% from the field. Defensively, the Volunteers are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game and they draw 20.6 fouls. They are giving up 29.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 11th in D-1 in points per game allowed (60.8). The Volunteers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.6% (388 of 980) and they relinquish 33.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 89th in college hoops in allowing assists with 179 conceded for the year.
The Tennessee Volunteers played the Georgia Bulldogs and walked away with a win by a score of 89-81 in their last contest. Tennessee walked away from the contest having earned a 51.9% FG percentage (27 out of 52) and knocked down 10 of their 24 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Volunteers converted 25 of their 29 attempts for a percentage of 86.2%. In regard to rebounding, they earned a total of 27 with 5 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup in addition to getting 10 steals and 4 rejections. In the matter of the defense, Tennessee let their opponent shoot 51.9% from the field on 27 out of 52 shooting. Georgia recorded 13 dimes and had 10 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Bulldogs snagged 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Georgia finished the contest at 80.0% at the charity stripe by making 20 of their 25 tries. They also converted 5 of their 19 tries from three-point range.
Jaden Springer is a guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He finished with 30 points on 9 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes played and pulled down 4 rebounds. Springer shot 81.8% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Volunteers was Santiago Vescovi. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also collected 3 assists. He went 44.4% from the field in this game by connecting on 4-of-9 (19 points). Overall, Vescovi was on the hardwood for 35 minutes.
LSU has a mark of 12-6 for the campaign. The Tigers are committing 17.0 fouls every game and they connect on 75.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 12.8 times per contest (208th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per contest. LSU has totaled 1,480 points so far this year (82.2 per game) and they average 37.1 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Tigers are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 58th in the nation. The Tigers are ranked 276th in D-1 in points given up per game with 74.6. They are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (157th in D-1). The LSU defense allows 30.5% on shots from distance (159 of 522) and their opposition makes 71.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 13.9 assists and 36.7 total boards per game, ranking them 238th and 254th in D-1.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the LSU Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 94-80 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tigers were able to collect 18 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 25 for the contest. They turned away 2 tries while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs were called for 13 personal fouls for this game which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 11 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of those for a percentage of 72.7%. When talking about shooting from distance, LSU made 10 out of their 22 tries (45.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Tigers shot 38 out of 62 from the floor which had them at 61.3%. The Tigers permitted the Bulldogs to make 30 of their 56 tries from the field which left them shooting 53.6% in this matchup. They went 37.5% from 3-point land by shooting 9 of 24 and ended up shooting 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). With respect to rebounds, LSU allowed Mississippi State to snag 27 in all (10 offensive).
Cameron Thomas ended up being a major contributor for the Tigers for this contest. He knocked down 9 of 16 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 56.3%, which gave him 25 points. Thomas collected 4 rebounds in his 39 minutes played and tallied 4 assists for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for LSU was Javonte Smart. He left the arena with 22 points in 40 minutes on the hardwood by way of 8 out of 10 from the floor for the game. Smart ended up shooting 80.0% from the field as well as collecting 11 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take LSU (+1.5)
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