LSU at Michigan: 3/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Michigan Wolverines (20-4) vs LSU Tigers (19-9)
Game Info: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:10 PM (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -5 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The LSU Tigers and Michigan Wolverines will square off this Monday in the 2nd round of the East Region in the NCAA Tournament.
The 8-seed LSU Tigers (19-9) was able to advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the 9-seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 76-61, on Saturday afternoon. The LSU Tigers were outstanding defensively against St. Bonaventure and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 55-41 lead with 10:50 left in regulation. LSU shot 40.3% from the field and 32.0% from beyond the arc while St. Bonaventure shot just 33.3% from the field and 15.0% from beyond the arc. LSU lost the turnover battle by a 9-4 margin, however, did outrebound the Bonnies by a 49-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Cameron Thomas who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, & 3 assists.
On the season, LSU is averaging 82.1 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Cameron Thomas (22.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), Trendon Watford (16.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Ja’Vonte Smart (15.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg), & Darius Days (11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 75.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The 1-seed Michigan Wolverines (21-4) had no trouble advancing to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the 16-seed Texas Southern Tigers, 82-66, on Saturday afternoon. Michigan was solid on both ends of the court against Texas Southern and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 42-24 lead. Michigan shot 48.1% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc while Texas Southern shot 35.9% from the field and 8.3% from beyond the arc. Michigan lost the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin, however, did outrebound Texas Southern by a 38-28 margin. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Mike Smith who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Michigan is averaging 65.4 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Wolverines are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan has been led by Hunter Dickinson (14.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Franz Wagner (12.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Eli Brooks (.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), & Mike Smith (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.4 apg). Michigan will be without Isaiah Livers (13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg) is likely out the entire tournament due to a stress injury in his right foot.
Defensively, Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 65.4 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Wolverines have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Tigers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral stie games. The Wolverines are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
Michigan rightfully earned a 1-seed with their solid regular season, however, I have not been completely solid on the Wolverines as we have seen some ugly games from Michigan this season which included an 18-point loss vs. Minnesota and a 23-point loss vs. Illinois. LSU has been playing some great basketball as of late, which included a close loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship, and you have to be impressed by their 8th ranked offense which put up an impressive 76 points against one of the better defenses in the country in St. Bonaventure. LSU has the athletes and backcourt to keep up with Michigan and between the fact that Michigan is missing one of their best players and that I think the LSU offense will have success against the Wolverines defense, I think the play here is to take LSU and the points. Good Luck!