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West Virginia vs. LSU - 12/4/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU Tigers (5-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (7-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The LSU Tigers and West Virginia Mountaineers play Thursday at the WVU Coliseum.

The LSU Tigers have won three of their last four games and will play their first true road contest. On the season, LSU is averaging 74.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 67.1 points on 42 percent shooting. Jordan Mickey leads LSU with 17.5 points and 10 rebounds while Jarell Martin is averaging 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. Josh Gray leads the team with 4.6 assists and Keith Hornsby is shooting 38.3 percent from the field. The LSU Tigers aren’t the best offensive team in the country, shooting just 27.1 percent from beyond the arc. However, LSU is a big team that controls the glass with 40.7 rebounds per contest and 4.3 blocks. LSU needs to clean up the 15 turnovers per game if it’s going to win on the road in a tough environment.

West Virginia vs. LSU - 12/4/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The West Virginia Mountaineers are undefeated and looking more and more like a Big 12 contender. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 82.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Juwan Staten leads West Virginia with 15.1 points and 4.3 assists while Jonathan Holton is averaging 12.9 points and eight rebounds. Devin Williams is the third WVU player to average double-digit points and Jevon Carter is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The West Virginia Mountaineers have been a defensive nightmare early on, forcing 13.9 steals per game and creating 22.9 turnovers overall. West Virginia could be better offensively but as long as the defense and the 41.1 rebounds continue, the Mountaineers are a scary basketball team.

The Tigers are 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the SEC. 

This line a little surprising considering LSU is no chump. However, West Virginia's defense and the home crowd will make the difference here. Give me WVU to win by double digits. 

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West Virginia Mountaineers -7.5

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