LSU vs. UMass - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Massachusetts Minutemen (5-2) at LSU Tigers (4-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)
The Line: LSU Tigers - PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The LSU Tigers and the UMass Minutemen face off on Tuesday in Baton Rouge in college basketball action.
The LSU Tigers have been alternating wins and losses this season but they are a perfect 3-0 at home. LSU is coming off of an 11-point win over McNeese State which followed a loss to Clemson. LSU is averaging 73.2 points and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Jordan Mickey leads the Tigers averaging 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Jarell Martin is averaging 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds, Keith Hornsby is averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Josh Gray is averaging 10.7 points. LSU follows this game up with a trip to West Virginia.
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The UMass Minutemen are 5-2 this season but they are coming off of a loss to Harvard on Saturday. UMass is 0-1 on the road this season but they are 2-1 in neutral site games. UMass is averaging 76.9 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Cady Lalanne is averaging 14.9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Minutemen. Derrick Gordon is averaging 13.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, Maxie Esho is averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Trey Davis is averaging 11.3 points. UMass is 2-1 against teams with a RPI better than 100.
LSU is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. UMass is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 2-9 against the spread against the SEC, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread.
I have the numbers adding up to a UMass win and they are my play here.