Vanderbilt Commodores vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vanderbilt Commodores vs LSU Tigers
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Vanderbilt (+11.5)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center is the site where and the LSU Tigers (14-8) will play the Vanderbilt Commodores (7-13) on Tuesday. LSU opens this matchup as 11.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 158.
Vanderbilt comes into this one with a mark of 7-13 for the year. The Commodores are shooting 35.7% on shots from downtown (190 of 532) and 72.8% from the free throw line. They average 73.0 points per outing (140th in D-1) while going 43.5% from the field. They are giving up possession 14.2 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Vanderbilt is pulling down 34.6 rebounds per game and has 262 assists for the year, which has them ranked 215th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Commodores are able to force 13.5 turnovers every game and they draw 17.5 fouls. They are 167th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 266 relinquished so far this year. The Commodores are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.2% (520 of 1,125) and they surrender 34.1 boards per game as a group. They relinquish 33.8% on 3-point shots and they are 255th in college basketball in PPG allowed (73.5).
The Vanderbilt Commodores stepped onto the hardwood against the Ole Miss Rebels and took home the win by a score of 75-70 in their last contest. Vanderbilt walked away from the game having earned a 53.1% field goal percentage (26 of 49) and buried 11 of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Commodores made 12 of 18 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 25 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists in the game while creating 9 turnovers and having 5 steals. Concerning the defense, Vanderbilt allowed 43.9% from the field on 25 out of 57 shooting. Ole Miss earned 8 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Ole Miss collected 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Ole Miss ended up going 61.5% at the free throw line by converting 16 of 26 attempts. They also converted 4 of their 13 shots from distance.
Maxwell Evans is one player who was a factor for the contest. He racked up 13 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He played for 33 minutes and also snagged 6 rebounds. Evans finished 55.6% from the floor and also distributed 2 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Commodores was Jordan Wright. He collected 1 rebound in 29 min played on the night. He finished the game shooting 60.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-10 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Wright accounted for 5 assists.
LSU has a mark of 14-8 on the campaign. LSU has accounted for 1,815 pts on the season (82.5 per contest) and they average 37.5 rebounds per contest. The Tigers commit 17.5 fouls per contest and they hit 74.4% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Tigers are connecting on 46.7% from the field, which has them ranked 62nd in Division 1. They are earning an assist 12.6 times per game (222nd in D-1) and they turn it over 12.0 times per contest. The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 291st in D-1 in PPG given up with 75.5. They have given up 14.0 assists and 37.6 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 253rd and 294th in college hoops. The LSU defense allows 30.1% on 3-point shots (189 of 628) and opponents are connecting on 71.9% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 14.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the field (123rd in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the LSU Tigers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 83-75 against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tigers snagged 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 37 in the matchup. They turned it over 8 times, while getting 2 steals in this contest. The Razorbacks committed 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 12 shots. They were able to make 6 of them for a clip of 50.0%. In reference to shots from distance, LSU made 9 of their 28 tries (32.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Tigers shot 30 for 76 from the field which had them shooting 39.5%. The Tigers allowed the Razorbacks to knock down 27 out of 62 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 43.5% for this game. They went 30.0% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 20 and finished the contest at 23 out of 31 from the free throw line (74.2%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, LSU permitted Arkansas to pull down 42 in total (8 offensive).
Cameron Thomas pitched in for the Tigers for the matchup. He made 11 of 19 in this contest for a field goal rate of 57.9%, and added 7 rebounds. Thomas earned 25 points in his 39 minutes on the court and tallied 1 assist in the game. An additional guy who came through for LSU was Trendon Watford. He finished with 2 assists in 38 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 15 from the floor. Watford walked away from this one going 40.0% from the floor while earning 16 points and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take LSU (-11.5)
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