The UT-Arlington Mavericks and the LSU Tigers meet in college basketball action from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday night.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will look to build on a 99-41 win over subdivision Howard Payne last time out. Shemar Wilson leads the Mavericks in scoring and rebounding with 8.9 PPG and 8.5 RPG while Aaron Cash has 8.8 PPG and 3.8 RPG. Brandon Walker has 7.9 PPG and 5.3 RPG while Marlon Humphrey has a team-high 3 APG to lead the Mavericks in assists this season. As a team, UT-Arlington is averaging 71.8 PPG on 40.1% shooting from the field, 29.4% from three and 64.5% from the foul line this season.
The LSU Tigers will try to build on a 78-75 win over Wofford in their last game. Adam Miller leads the Tigers in scoring with 17.7 PPG while KJ Williams has 17 PPG with a team-high 7.1 RPG to lead the Tigers on the glass up to this point in the season. Justice Hill has 10.3 PPG with a team-high 3.9 APG to lead LSU in the assist department up to this point in the year while capping off the group of double-digit scorers up to this point in the season. As a team, LSU is averaging 73.3 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field, 38.6% from three and 73.8% from the foul line this season.
UT-Arlington is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Friday games while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. LSU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I get the reasoning for backing either side in this game, but I’m sticking with UT-Arlington here. LSU’s had no problem beating up on lesser teams at home this season and while UT-Arlington’s had some solid moments this season, they frankly don’t score enough to keep pace with LSU for a full 40 minutes. I just think this is a game where LSU pulls away in the second half and wins this one by 20+ so I’ll lay it and play it with the LSU Tigers here.