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LSU vs North Texas Prediction Basketball Picks 3-19-24

North Texas Mean Green (18-14) vs. LSU Tigers (17-15)
March 19, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: LSU Tigers -2.5; Over/Under: 135
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The LSU Tigers and the North Texas Mean Green meet Tuesday in NIT college basketball action from Pete Maravich Assembly Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. Here’s an LSU vs North Texas prediction. We will examine: 

  • The LSU recent form and player performance
  • The North Texas recent form and player performance
  • Recent betting trends and streaks involving LSU
  • Recent betting trends and streaks involving North Texas
  • Recent betting trends in games played between LSU and North Texas
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the LSU vs North Texas game

LSU Tigers Betting Preview

The Tigers started out the year on a 10-5 run, but then hit a rough 2-7 stretch in February. LSU finished off the year strong with a 5-2 run featuring losses to only Mississippi State and Arkansas. In their opening conference tournament matchup versus Mississippi State however, the Tigers took a 10-point loss.

Matched up against the Bulldogs back on Thursday, LSU held a seven-point lead going into the second half. The Tigers were outmuscled 48-31 the rest of the way however and ended up falling 70-60. Trae Hannibal was the team’s leading scorer on 18 points with four rebounds.

North Texas Mean Green Betting Preview

Over on the North Texas side, they’ve had a wild year. The Green were sitting at 14-12 in late February, but then finished off their final four regular-season games on a 3-1 run with a lone loss to Florida Atlantic. Following a win over Tulane last Thursday, the Mean Green fell to FAU in the second outing of the conference tourney.

Back on Friday versus Florida Atlantic, North Texas couldn’t quite keep pace. The Mean Green were down 35-30 by the second half and finished on a 42-41 deficit for a 77-71 loss. Tops in scoring was Jason Edwards with 26 points and three rebounds.

LSU Tigers Team Facts

  • LSU has won 43 of its last 45 night games against non-Conference opponents at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
  • Each of LSU’s last 11 night games have produced a total of 133+ points.
  • LSU has won the first half in each of its last eight Tuesday home games against non-Conference opponents.

North Texas Mean Green Team Facts

  • North Texas has lost each of its last six games against the Southeastern Conference.
  • Seven of North Texas’ last eight games against the Southeastern Conference Conference have produced a total of 132 or fewer points.
  • North Texas has won the first half in 14 of its last 15 night games against non-Conference opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • LSU ranks 353rd among Division 1 teams for opponent free throw percentage this season (76.2%).
  • LSU ranks 39th among Division 1 teams for free throw attempts per game this season (22.5).
  • North Texas ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for opponent assists per game this season (9.4).
  • North Texas ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (51.9).

LSU vs North Texas Prediction

I’l lean toward North Texas. The Mean Green had the misfortune of running into a pretty good FAU team in their last outing and gave up quite a bit on defense (48.1 percent) from the field. That said, North Texas held the Owls to just 3-of-12 from 3-point range and had only nine turnovers. That makes 71 or more points in six straight games for the Mean Green—a 4-2 stretch.

As for LSU, they’ve scored reasonably well over their last five games with 67 or more points in four of those. The Tigers have given up 70 or more points in three straight however, so North Texas should have some scoring opportunities if they can find some high-percentage openings. This matchup should be interesting, and I think the Mean Green can power it out.

Andrew's Free Pick: North Texas Mean Green +2.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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