LSU Tigers (7-2) at Houston Cougars (8-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston Cougars -6.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The LSU Tigers will travel to the Fertitta Center to take on the 24th ranked Houston Cougars this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The LSU Tigers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 91-50, this past Sunday. LSU made quick work of the Incarnate Word as the Tigers had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 51-29 halftime lead. LSU shot 55.7% from the field and outrebounded Incarnate Word by a 43-20 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Naz Reid who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, LSU is averaging 82.1 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Skylar Mays (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg), Naz Reid (12.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Tremont Waters (11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.6 apg, 3.0 spg), and Ja’Vonte Smart (11.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 6.7 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The 24th ranked Houston Cougars improved to 8-0 on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 63-53, this past Saturday. Houston gave the Oklahoma State offense trouble throughout the game and was able to pull away for victory after taking a 57-49 lead with 4:59 left in regulation. Houston held Oklahoma State to 35.1% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Cowboys by a 44-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Armoni Brooks who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and a block.
On the season, Houston is averaging 75.4 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Armoni Brooks (16.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Corey Davis Jr. (16.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Galen Robinson Jr. (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Nate Hinton (8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 spg).
Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 57.8 ppg on 37.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Tigers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games, however, are just 1-7-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cougars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
LSU is a decent team, however, they are a young team that I feel might struggle in one of the tougher road environments in College Basketball. Houston ranks 8th in scoring defense and 30th in rebound margin and as LSU is a team that has generally struggled ATS on the road, I’m taking Houston to cover this mid-range spread.