Arkansas vs. LSU - 2/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU Tigers (16-11) at Arkansas Razorbacks (13-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The LSU Tigers will travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The LSU Tigers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 16-11 (9-5 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Volunteers, 81-65, this past Saturday. LSU found themselves down by a 31-25 margin at halftime and didn’t put much of a fight in the 2nd half in the loss. LSU shot 40.3% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc. The Tigers allowed the Volunteers to shoot 49.2% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 16-12 margin. Leading the way for LSU was Ben Simmons who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Ben Simmons (19.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Keith Hornsby (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Antonio Blakeney (11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, LSU is averaging 80.1 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.33. Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 13-14 (6-8 SEC) on the season after defeating the Missouri Tigers, 84-72, this past Saturday. Arkansas was able to get out to a 43-30 halftime lead and held a double-digit lead through the majority of the 2nd half. Arkansas shot 40.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 10-7 margin. The Razorbacks held the Tigers to 39.7% shooting from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from three-point range. Leading the way for Arkansas was Dusty Hannahs who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Razorbacks have been led by Dusty Hannahs (16.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Moses Kingsley (16.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.3 bpg), and Anthlon Bell (16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Arkansas is averaging 79.9 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Razorbacks average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49. Defensively, Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 76.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting. The Razorbacks average 5.4 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up loss. The Razorbacks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
LSU has really hurt their NCAA hopes as of late as they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 games and got some bad news learning that starting guard Keith Hornsby might miss the rest of the season due to injury. Arkansas has a had a down year as they’ve struggled from the defense end ranking just 276th in the country in scoring defense, however, has been strong at home posing a 12-3 record. LSU has one of the best players in the country in Ben Simmons however, the Tigers have posted just a 3-6 record on the road and now that they are without one of their better players in Keith Hornsby, I think Arkansas will be able to easily cover this small home spread. Take Arkansas to cover.