Texas Tech Red Raiders vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs LSU Tigers
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (-1.5)
The LSU Tigers (11-4) host the Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-5) at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday. Texas Tech opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 151.
Texas Tech comes into this contest with a record of 11-5 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 10.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.5 personal fouls per game. As a team, Texas Tech is pulling in 36.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 204 dimes on the season, which is 114th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Red Raiders are shooting 33.2% on 3-pointers (101 of 304) and 71.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.5 points per contest (95th in Division 1) while going 44.0% from the field. On the defensive end, the Red Raiders are forcing 17.6 turnovers per game and they draw 21.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 81st in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 142 surrendered so far this year. The Red Raiders defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 40.6% (339 of 836) and they surrender 32.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 34.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 15th in college hoops in opponents PPG (61.7).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders faced the West Virginia Mountaineers and took a loss by a score of 88-87 in their last game. Texas Tech finished the contest with a 46.6% field goal percentage (34 out of 73) and buried 9 out of their 22 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Red Raiders buried 10 of 12 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 31 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes for the game in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing defense, Texas Tech allowed the other team to shoot 46.6% from the floor on 34 of 73 shooting. West Virginia recorded 14 assists and had 2 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Mountaineers snagged 34 rebounds (5 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. West Virginia shot 59.3% at the free throw line by converting 16 of their 27 tries. They buried 12 out of their 19 attempts from three-point range.
Mac McClung is one guy who was a contributor for the game. He racked up 30 points on 11 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins and also totaled 2 boards. McClung finished the contest at 52.4% from the floor and also distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Red Raiders was Marcus Santos-Silva. He collected 2 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 80.0% from the floor for the contest by hitting 4-of-5 (9 points). When all was said and done, Santos-Silva was on the court for 16 minutes.
LSU has a mark of 11-4 for the season. The Tigers commit 17.3 personal fouls every game and they go 76.3% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 12.8 times per game (211th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per game. LSU has totaled 1,255 pts so far this season (83.7 per contest) and they pull down 38.3 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tigers are shooting 47.3% from the floor, which ranks 60th in the nation. The Tigers are ranked 262nd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 73.9. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (104th in D-1). The LSU defense gives up 30.4% from downtown (137 of 451) and their opponents are making 69.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 13.8 dimes and 36.1 boards per contest, which ranks them 227th and 226th in Division 1.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the LSU Tigers took home the win by a final score of 78-66 when they played the Texas A&M Aggies. The Tigers were able to snag 26 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in the matchup. They blocked 3 shots while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Aggies earned 19 fouls for this contest which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.0%. In reference to shooting from downtown, LSU made 10 of 29 attempts (34.5%). Overall, the Tigers ended up going 25 out of 53 from the field which had them sitting at 47.2%. The Tigers allowed the Aggies to convert 24 out of their 67 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 35.8% in this game. They finished 31.6% from distance by going 12 of 38 and ended up going 6 of 9 at the free throw line (66.7%). When it comes to attacking the glass, LSU allowed Texas A&M to get 35 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Cameron Thomas was important for the Tigers in this contest. He made 8 of 21 in the matchup for a rate of 38.1%, which earned him 28 points. Thomas grabbed 4 boards in his 36 minutes and had 4 assists in the game. One more player that played a role for LSU was Javonte Smart. He notched 19 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 12 shooting for the contest. Smart ended the game having shot 58.3% from the floor while totaling 9 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas Tech (-1.5)
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