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Houston vs. LSU - 12/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU Tigers (4-3) at Houston Cougars (5-1)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars -2.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Houston Cougars and the LSU Tigers face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Houston Cougars are 5-1 this season and they are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season at Rhode Island last time out. Houston is averaging 90.8 points and they are shooting 52.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Rob Gray Jr. leads the Cougars averaging 17.7 points per game. Devonta Pollard is averaging 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, Ronnie Johnson is averaging 13.3 points, and Damyean Dotson is averaging 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Overall Houston’s schedule has been soft and it showed when they faced Richmond.

Houston vs. LSU - 12/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The LSU Tigers are 4-3 this season and they are coming off of a win over North Florida that ended a three game losing streak. LSU is averaging 82.7 points per game and they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 78.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Ben Simons leads the Tigers averaging 19.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. Tim Quarterman is averaging 13.7 points, Antonio Blakeney is averaging 12.3 points, and Josh Gray is averaging 10.3 points. With Simmons considered to be the best player in the nation by many the expectations for LSU are probably a little too high this season.

Houston is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 5-2 against the spread following a loss. LSU is 12-3-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.

Houston is favored by 2.5 but Keith Hornsby looks like he is ready to go for LSU and he should be a difference maker so my play is the Tigers. 

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LSU Tigers +2.5

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