East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 12/21/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs LSU Tigers
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA
The LSU Tigers (10-1) are hosting the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (4-8) at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers stepped onto the hardwood against UNC Asheville and ended up losing by a score of 74-73 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Buccaneers walked away with 19 and UNC Asheville finished the game with 17 fouls. They also buried 7 of their 19 tries from downtown. UNC Asheville finished the game at 68.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 13 of 19 shots. On top of that, UNC Asheville grabbed 25 rebounds (8 offensive, 17 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. UNC Asheville distributed 10 dimes and had 9 steals in the matchup. With regard to the defense, East Tennessee State let their opponent shoot 50.9% from the floor on 27 of 53 shooting. They also dished out 11 assists for this contest while forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled 28 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Buccaneers converted 14 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. East Tennessee State finished the game having earned a 47.4% FG percentage (27 out of 57) and buried 5 out of their 13 shots from 3-point land.
Justice Smith is one guy who was a contributor in this matchup. He finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 3 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 30 mins and also pulled down 6 boards. He ended up finishing with 15 points on 4 out of 8 shooting.
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East Tennessee State comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 4-8 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 14.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.2 personal fouls every game. As a unit, East Tennessee State is snagging 35.2 rebounds per game and has 163 assists on the campaign, which is 138th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Buccaneers are hitting 30.9% on 3-pointers (76 of 246) and 67.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 71.3 pts per game (202nd in D-1) while hitting 45.9% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Buccaneers have forced 14.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.3 personal fouls. They give up 32.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 185th in college hoops in PPG allowed (68.7). The Buccaneers are giving up a FG percentage of 44.5% (299 of 672) and they surrender 32.4 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 267th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 159 surrendered for the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the LSU Tigers went home victorious with a score of 89-81 against Winthrop. Regarding cleaning the glass, LSU allowed Winthrop to collect 24 in total (4 offensive). They shot 42.3% from distance by connecting on 11 out of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 12 at the charity stripe (66.7%). The Tigers allowed Winthrop to convert 31 of their 60 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 51.7% for the matchup. When all was said and done, the Tigers went 35 for 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 54.7%. With respect to shooting from distance, LSU made 11 out of their 27 tries (40.7%). They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. Winthrop was called for 15 fouls in the game which got the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Tigers snagged 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this matchup.
Cam Hayes was important for the Tigers for the matchup. He tallied 25 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 assists for this game. He buried 8 out of 11 in this game for a field goal percentage of 72.7%, and totaled 1 rebound.
LSU has a record of 10-1 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Tigers are connecting on 46.2% from the field, which ranks them 117th in college basketball. LSU has scored 804 points on the year (73.1 per game) and they pull in 35.2 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.0 times per game (160th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.6 times per game. The Tigers have committed 16.7 personal fouls per game and they shoot 69.2% from the charity stripe.
The LSU defense surrenders 29.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (72 of 244) and their opponents are knocking down 69.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 11.0 assists and 32.3 rebounds every game, which is 81st and 89th in college hoops. The Tigers defensively are ranked 65th in the nation in points given up per game with 63.5. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (135th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take East Tennessee State
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