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#625 LSU 142.5 vs.
#626 Texas -1.5
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Texas Longhorns. This game will take place at the Frank Erwin Center at approximately 2:00 P.M EST.

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LSU Looks To Extend Winning Streak

The LSU Tigers have looked like a very solid basketball team so far this season. The Tigers have won 14 of their first 18 games and they enter this game on a high note after defeating Florida at home by two points in their last game. In that game, LSU's offense was great as it scored 84 points while shooting 47.5% from the floor. In addition, the Tigers enter this game in great form as they have won each of their last seven games. Now, they will be looking to extend that winning streak with a non-conference road game up next. Luckily, LSU has won three of its first four road games this season so it should be able to put together another solid performance in this game.

Leading the Tigers offensively is senior guardSkylar Mays who has been great this season. He is averaging a team-high 16.1 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 2.1 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

LSU's most underrated player is sophomore forwardDarius Days who has been really good so far this season. He is averaging 11.8 points per game along with a team-high 8.1 rebounds. In addition, he has been efficient offensively as he is shooting 50.3% from the floor.

Texas Looks To Get Back On Track

The Texas Longhorns have looked like an above-average college basketball team up to this point in the season. The Longhorns have won 12 of their first 18 games of the season despite losing to West Virginia on the road by 38 points in their last game. In that game, Texas' defense was terrible as it gave up a whopping 97 points while allowing the opposition to shoot 51.4% from the floor. Now, Texas enters this game on a two-game losing streak and it will look to get back on track with a home game up next. Luckily, the Longhorns have won eight of their first ten games at the Frank Erwin Center this season so they should be able to play a lot better on Saturday.

Leading the Longhorns offensively is junior guardMatt Coleman III who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 12.2 points per game along with a team-high 4.3 assists. In addition, he is also averaging a team-high 1.6 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Texas' most underrated player is sophomore guardAndrew Jones who has been pretty good this season. He is averaging 10.3 points per game along with 2.2 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 37.2% from the three-point line so he has been able to stretch defenses out all by himself.

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Full-Game Total Pick

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Both of these two teams have been very good defensively so I have to take the under. Texas is only allowing 63.2 points per game while LSU is only allowing 69.8 points per game so I think that this game should be very low-scoring. Plus, Texas likes to play at a very slow tempo as it ranks 274th in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom rankings so I think that it should be able to limit LSU's transition offense as this game will be played primarily in the halfcourt which will eat up more clock. As a result, I have to take the under.

Prediction: Under 143.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Texas enters this game off a terrible loss to West Virginia by 38 points in its last game so I can see the Longhorns coming out extremely flat over the first 20 minutes of this game. It is very tough for a college team to simply forget about a beatdown like that one and I think that the Longhorns will struggle early on against another solid opponent as a result. Plus, LSU has won three of its first four road games so it has played well in hostile environments up to this point which is a good sign. Give me the road team.

Prediction: LSU 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.