East Tennessee State Buccaneers (4-8) vs. LSU Tigers (10-1)
December 21, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: LSU Tigers -15 / East Tennessee State Buccaneers +15 ; Over/Under: -
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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the LSU Tigers meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Pete Maravich Assembly Center. East Tennessee State is 4-8 overall this year. The Buccaneers lost to UNC Asheville in their last game. As for LSU, they’re 10-1 so far following a win over Winthrop on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
East Tennessee State went 3-3 over their first six games this year, losing to Louisiana, Tennessee Tech and App State. Since then the Buccaneers are just 1-5 with losses to Georgia, JSU, Morehead State, Queens NC and UNC Asheville.
In the UNC Asheville game on Saturday, the Buccaneers were outscored 38-34 by halftime. East Tennessee State got better in the second but still lost 74-73. Justice Smith led the team on 15 points with six rebounds.
Over on the LSU side, they have just one loss to Kansas State so far. The wins otherwise have come versus UMKC, Arkansas State, New Orleans, Illinois State, Akron, Wofford, TX-Arlington, Wake Forest, NC Central and Winthrop.
Matched up against Winthrop on Saturday, the Tigers took a one-point deficit into the second half. LSU hit a 51-42 run in the second and took the comeback win 89-81. Cam Hayes led the team on 25 points with four assists.
PICK: I’ll probably stick with LSU. Also probably not going near this one. The Tigers played with fire in their last matchup against Winthrop but ended up being okay. LSU shot a nice 54.7 percent from the floor in that one with 35 rebounds and 19 team assists. The Tigers have had some close calls this year but overall they’re scoring well—72 or more points in seven of their 11 outings. As for East Tennessee State, they’re sitting on a four-game losing streak but the good news is that they’ve fallen by four points or fewer in each. I don’t think the Bucs will stay with LSU if the Tigers get going, though.