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LSU Tigers vs. SMU Mustangs NIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/24/14

Southern Methodist Mustangs (24-9) vs. LSU Tigers (20-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The LSU Tigers and the SMU Mustangs face off on Monday in NIT college basketball action.

The LSU Tigers went into San Francisco on Wednesday as an underdog but they were clearly the better team on the court walking away with the win. LSU is 7-10 away from home and 11-4 in non-conference games this season. Johnny O’Bryant III leads the Tigers averaging 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Jordan Mickey is averaging 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, Andre Stringer is averaging 11.7 points, and Jarell Martin is averaging 10.4 points. LSU is averaging 74.9 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 71 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. LSU was 0-1 against ranked teams and 5-10 against teams with a RPI better than 100.

LSU Tigers vs. SMU Mustangs NIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/24/14

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The SMU Mustangs looked like they would be in the field in the NCAA Tournament but three consecutive losses and they are the top seed in the NIT. SMU beat UC Irvine on Wednesday and they are 16-1 at home this season. Nic Moore is averaging 13.5 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring. Markus Kennedy is averaging 12 points and 6.9 rebounds, Nick Russell is averaging 9.6 points, and Ben Moore is averaging 6.4 points. SMU is averaging 71.3 points and they are shooting 48.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 62 points and their opponents are shooting 37.7 percent. SMU will need to get past their disappointment and focus on their opponent in this matchup.

LSU is 3-7-2 against the spread in their last 12 road games, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. SMU is 10-3 against the spread following a win, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 1-4 against the spread against the SEC.

I expect this one to be a close one so getting six points isn’t something I can pass up with LSU. 

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LSU Tigers +6

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