Texas vs. Long Beach State - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (5-6) at Texas Longhorns (9-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Longhorn Network
The Texas Longhorns and the Long Beach State 49ers face off on Saturday at the Erwin Center in college basketball action.
The Texas Longhorns are 9-1 this season and ranked number nine in the nation with their one loss coming at number one Kentucky. Texas is averaging 72.4 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 51.9 points and their opponents are shooting 30.6 percent. Myles Turner leads the Longhorns averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, Demarcus Holland is averaging 8.5 points, and Javan Felix is averaging 8.2 points. Texas has been as good as anyone in the nation and are a legitimate Final Four contender.
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The Long Beach State 49ers take on all comers but they have had limited success as they are 5-6 this season. LBSU is averaging 68.9 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Michael Caffey leads the 49ers averaging 17.8 points per game. Tyler Lamb is averaging 10.7 points, David Samuels is averaging 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Branford Jones is averaging 7.6 points. Long Beach State faces St. John’s, Syracuse, and Louisville in their next three games.
Texas is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 5-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. Long Beach State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-0 against the spread following a loss, and 2-6-1 against the spread against the Big 12.
Normally I give LBSU a lot of credit and chances when they get big numbers but Texas isn’t just the best of the one loss teams, they are one of the top overall teams and can beat anyone on the right day and they are just too good here.