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San Francisco Dons vs. LSU Tigers - 3/19/14 NIT First Round

LSU Tigers (19-13) at San Francisco Dons (21-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons -1 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The LSU Tigers and San Francisco Dons will play Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT. The Tigers finished sixth in the SEC with a 19-13 record, while the Dons finished second in the West Coast Conference with a 21-11 record.

LSU is a fast paced offensive team that wants to get up and down, as it averages 75.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. LSU has four players averaging in the double figures and junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III leads the way with 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. LSU averages 40 rebounds per game and shoots 66.9 percent from the free throw line and 34.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, the Tigers allow 71.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. The LSU Tigers are 10-15-3 ATS overall this season.

San Francisco Dons vs. LSU Tigers - 3/19/14 NIT First Round

San Francisco is also an offensive minded team, averaging 73.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. The Dons have five players averaging at least 10 points and are led by senior forward Cole Dickerson, who averages 14.8 points on 7.7 rebounds. San Francisco shoots 64.9 percent from the free throw line and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, San Francisco allows 71.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. The San Francisco Dons are 17-11 ATS overall this season.

The Tigers are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a SU loss and 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Dons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.

This is an interesting game that should come down to the wire. But when it’s all said and done, LSU is the more athletic and bigger team. The Tigers have physical and big bodies in the paint, while the Dons are more of a finesse shooting team that hasn’t quite faced the physicality that LSU will bring.

LSU was showing more and more potential towards the end of the season, and I think it will be able to do just enough to win this tournament matchup. 

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