LSU vs. Oklahoma - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma Sooners (17-2) at LSU Tigers (13-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)
The Line: LSU Tigers +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to take on the LSU Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-2 (6-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 91-67, this past Tuesday. Oklahoma used a 13-5 run in the 2nd half that put the Sooners up by a 64-47 margin in which they were able to cruise to a victory from there. Oklahoma shot 52.6% from the field and 52.2% (12-23) from beyond the arc in the win. The Sooners held the Red Raiders to 32.4% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 12-7 margin. Leading the way for Oklahoma was Buddy Hield who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Sooners have been led by Buddy Hield (25.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Jordan Woodard (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg), and Isaiah Cousins (13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Oklahoma is averaging 85.8 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field and 46.7% shooting form beyond the arc. The Sooners average 11.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 39.0% shooting. The Sooners average 6.2 blocks per game and average 7.2 steals per game.
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The LSU Tigers won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 13-7 (6-2 SEC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 89-85, this past Tuesday. LSU was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to hang to the victory after securing an 82-71 lead with just under a minute left to play. LSU shot 43.4% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin. The Tigers allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 50.8% from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for LSU was Freshman Phenom, Ben Simmons, who had a double-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Ben Simmons (19.8 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.8 spg), Keith Hornsby (13.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Craig Victor II (12.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, LSU is averaging 81.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field and 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.34. Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting. The Tigers average 7.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. SEC opponents however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
In what should be one of the more entertaining games on Saturday, Oklahoma vs. LSU will feature two of the top two players in the country in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and LSU’s Ben Simmons. Oklahoma has been outstanding on the offensive end and have been one of the deadliest three-point shooting teams as they rank 5th in the country in three-point FG’s made per game and 1st in 3P FG%. LSU has had an up and down season which has somewhat been overshadowed by the exceptional play of Ben Simmons, but need to improve on the defensive end if they are going to make into the NCAA tournment. LSU certainly has the talent to keep with Oklahoma in this one however, the Sooners are just a better overall team with Woodard, Cousins, and Spangler running along with Buddy Hield and I think Oklahoma will hang with a motivated LSU team in the 1st half and pull away in the 2nd half to cover this spread. Take Oklahoma to cover.