LSU Tigers vs. Wofford Terriers - 11/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wofford Terriers (15-17) at LSU Tigers (19-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)
The Line: LSU Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Wofford Terriers look to catapult themselves back to the top of the SoCon, and it starts with a date with the LSU Tigers as both kick off their respective 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball seasons.
The Wofford Terriers fell off of a major cliff, going from 28-7 and an 2nd straight NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15 to winning just 15 games while dropping 17, however Wofford picked up its game in conference play, going 11-7 to finish in a tie for 3rd place. Wofford eventually were bounced from the tourney in the quarterfinals by Western Carolina in double OT. Head coach Mike Young will look towards the rest of his guys to make up for the loss of 2 of his top 3 scorers as leading scorer Spencer Collins and 3rd leading scorer Justin Gordon both graduated. Young will however retain the backcourt tandem of Fletcher Magee and Eric Garcia, who combined put up 24.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Wofford will be out to prove that they belong higher than the projected 3rd-place finish in this year’s SoCon preseason poll.
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The LSU Tigers 2015-16 season may not look like a disappointment on the surface, as the team finished 19-14, including 11-7 in SEC conference play to finish 3rd. LSU then went on to get blown out by Texas A&M in the semifinals of the SEC tournament by a score of 71-38 which prompted LSU to self-impose a postseason ban for the season meaning no tournament play of any kind for the Tigers. However when you look at the talent that was on the team, along with the high expectations that were put forth at the beginning of the season, some has gone as far as to consider the season a failure. Head coach Johnny Jones and this season’s Tigers squad look to shake that label as they will have to start anew as LSU lost a lot of key pieces from last year’s roster, including Ben Simmons, who went #1 overall in this past year’s NBA draft, Tim Quarterman who went undrafted but eventually signed with the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and Keith Hornsby who graduated from the program. All 3 were double-digit scorers for coach Jones, including Simmons who actually averaged a double-double per game by logging 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds to go along with 4.8 assists per game last season. The departures had to have had a major part in why LSU was projected to finish 12th out of 14 teams in the SEC preseason poll. Only time will tell if that ranking is justified or if LSU can get back to the top of the SEC.
Wofford is 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the over is 12-4 in their last 16 games overall. LSU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games.
This is a big number to lay with a pretty much brand new LSU roster. Wofford is returning some key pieces to their lineup which is more than we can say for the Tigers, not to mention Wofford has been hearing all offseason about how they fell off of a cliff over the course of one year and will be itching to get back to March Madness.
This game has upset written all over it in my opinion, but I’ll take Wofford and the points just to be safe.