LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 2/23/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Wildcats (22-5) host the LSU Tigers (19-8) at Rupp Arena on Wednesday.
The LSU Tigers faced South Carolina and took a loss by a score of 77-75 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Tigers ended up walking away with 20 and South Carolina finished the game with 17 fouls. They made 8 of their 27 attempts from distance. South Carolina went 77.3% from the free throw line by making 17 of their 22 attempts. Additionally, South Carolina snagged 27 rebounds (7 offensive, 20 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. South Carolina dished out 16 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. With regard to the defense, LSU allowed the other team to go 51.0% from the field on 26 out of 51 shooting. They also recorded 16 assists for the contest while creating 19 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In terms of rebounding, they earned 32 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Tigers buried 13 of their 22 shots for a percentage of 59.1%. LSU walked away from the contest with a 44.4% field goal percentage (28 of 63) and knocked down 6 out of their 20 three-point shots.
Tari Eason is someone who came through for the game. He finished 57.1% from the floor and also earned 1 assist. He played 25 minutes played and also snagged 10 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting.
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LSU heads into this matchup with a mark of 19-8 so far this season. They cough up possession 15.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, LSU is pulling in 38.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 341 dimes this year, which is 200th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Tigers are connecting on 32.6% on shots from 3-point land (179 of 549) and 70.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.1 points per game (135th in college hoops) while shooting 44.2% from the field.
Defensively, the Tigers are forcing 18.2 turnovers per game and they draw 16.4 fouls. They are conceding 28.2% on 3-pointers and they are 21st in the nation in PPG allowed (61.9). The Tigers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 38.1% (558 of 1,466) and they concede 34.6 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 115th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 308 surrendered for the campaign.
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 90-81 when they played Alabama. When it comes to rebounding, Kentucky allowed Alabama to snag 30 in total (16 offensive). They shot 35.0% from three-point range by going 14 of 40 and finished the game at 7 of 9 at the charity stripe (77.8%). The Wildcats allowed Alabama to knock down 30 of their 69 tries from the floor which had them at 43.5% for this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats finished 33 out of 62 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.2%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Kentucky converted 9 of 14 tries (64.3%). They were able to bury 15 of the free throws for a rate of 78.9%. Alabama committed 16 personal fouls in this game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They turned it over 7 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Wildcats were able to pull down 21 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards for a total of 36 for the matchup.
Oscar Tshiebwe was important for the Wildcats for this contest. He tallied 21 points in his 36 mins on the court and had 3 dimes for the matchup. He made 9 of 13 for the game for a field goal rate of 69.2%, and had 14 rebounds.
Kentucky has a mark of 22-5 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Wildcats are connecting on 48.7% from the floor, which is 10th in college basketball. Kentucky has accumulated 2,185 points for the season (80.9 per contest) and they grab 41.1 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.7 times per contest (12th in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per game. The Wildcats are committing 14.1 fouls per game and they connect on 73.2% from the free throw line.
The Kentucky defense concedes 29.9% on 3-pointers (173 of 578) and their opposition knocks down 71.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 11.3 dimes and 30.4 rebounds every game, which is ranked 68th and 17th in Division 1. The Wildcats are ranked 63rd in college hoops in PPG given up with 65.3. They are forcing 12.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (48th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take LSU
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