Iowa State Cyclones vs LSU Tigers Prediction, 3/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa State Cyclones vs LSU Tigers
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Iowa State (+5)
The LSU Tigers (22-11) welcome the Iowa State Cyclones (20-12) at Fiserv Forum on Friday. LSU opens this game as 5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 124.5.
The Iowa State Cyclones played Texas Tech and went home with a loss by a final score of 72-41 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Cyclones walked away with 16 while Texas Tech accounted for 12 fouls. They also made 6 out of their 17 tries from 3-point range. Texas Tech finished shooting 62.5% from the free throw line by converting 10 of 16 shots. Furthermore, Texas Tech totaled 39 boards (10 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Texas Tech dished out 14 dimes and had 12 steals for the matchup. Concerning the defense, Iowa State allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 28 of 56 shooting. They also recorded 11 assists in the game as well as creating 13 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 23 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Cyclones converted 6 of 10 attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. Iowa State finished the contest having earned a 31.3% field goal percentage (15 out of 48) and knocked down 5 of their 25 3-point attempts.
Tyrese Hunter is one player who played a role in the game. He ended up shooting 44.4% from the field and also dished out 2 dimes. He saw the court for 32 minutes played and also grabbed 5 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 9 points on 4 out of 9 shooting.
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Iowa State will play this game with a mark of 20-12 for the year. They are averaging 66.5 pts per game (293rd in Division 1) while shooting 43.9% from the floor. The Cyclones are hitting 32.1% on 3-pointers (215 of 669) and 68.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Iowa State is collecting 32.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 471 assists for the year, which is 64th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Cyclones are forcing their opponents into 16.6 turnovers every game while drawing 17.3 fouls. They currently rank 113th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 368 conceded for the season. The Cyclones are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.8% (703 of 1,641) and they surrender 33.0 rebounds per game as a team. They relinquish 29.6% on 3-point shots and they are 26th in college hoops in points per game allowed (63.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the LSU Tigers took a defeat with a final score of 79-67 against Arkansas. In reference to rebounding, LSU permitted Arkansas to collect 42 in total (14 offensive). They finished 28.6% from beyond the arc by going 6 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 25 out of 31 from the free throw line (80.6%). The Tigers permitted Arkansas to make 24 of 57 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.1% for this contest. Overall, the Tigers shot 18 out of 51 from the floor which gave them a rate of 35.3%. When discussing 3-point attempts, LSU made 4 out of 19 attempts (21.1%). They were able to bury 27 of them for a rate of 87.1%. Arkansas earned 21 fouls in this game which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 31 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 11 steals for the contest. The Tigers earned 21 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 25 for this contest.
Darius Days pitched in for the Tigers in this matchup. He tallied 14 points in his 29 mins on the court, but went home with no dimes. He converted 3 of 7 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and had 10 rebounds.
LSU has a record of 22-11 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Tigers are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which is 183rd in Division 1. LSU has accounted for 2,413 points on the campaign (73.1 per game) and they grab 36.9 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 12.7 times per game (189th in Division 1) and they are giving up possession 14.5 times per game. The Tigers are committing 19.3 fouls every game and they go 73.2% from the free throw line.
The LSU defense surrenders 28.0% on 3-point attempts (231 of 826) and their opponents are converting on 69.0% of their foul shots. They concede 11.4 dimes and 34.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 80th and 200th in the nation. The Tigers defensively are ranked 33rd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 63.5. They are forcing their opponents into 18.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.7% from the field (11th in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take LSU (-5)
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