LSU at Florida - 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

LSU at Florida - 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by © John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Florida (9-5) vs LSU (14-1)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Stephen C. O'Connell Center)

Betting Odds: Florida Gators +3.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The LSU Tigers and the University of Florida Gators meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. The LSU Tigers will arrive at Wednesday’s game on the heels of a two-game winning streak. The Florida Gators are looking to snap a two-game losing skid.   

The LSU Tigers are averaging 76.93 points a game on 44.83 percent shooting. Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 56.40 points a contest on 34.91 percent shooting. Through 15 games played this season, LSU forward Tari Eason is averaging 16.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals a game. Tigers forward Darius Days is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals a contest. The LSU Tigers are shooting 32.32 percent from behind the arc and 72.79 percent from the free-throw line. The Tigers are allowing opposing teams to shoot 26.58 percent from three-point range. Additionally, the LSU Tigers are allowing opposing teams to shoot 72.56 percent from the free-throw line. 

The Florida Gators are averaging 73.64 points a game on 42.86 percent shooting. Defensively, the Gators are allowing 63.36 points a contest on 43.51 percent shooting. Through 14 games played this season, Florida forward Colin Castleton is averaging 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a contest. Florida Gators guard Tyree Appleby is averaging 10 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists a game. The Florida Gators are shooting 31.20 percent from three-point range and 71.52 percent from the free-throw line. It should also be noted that the Florida Gators are allowing opposing teams to shoot 35.90 percent from behind the arc.

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The LSU Tigers are 16-4 ATS in their last 20 games played. The game total has gone under in 11 of LSU's last 13 games played. The LSU Tigers are 14-1 SU in their last 15 games played. The Florida Gators are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played. The game total has gone under in 6 of Florida's last 8 games played at home.

The Florida Gators will arrive to Wednesday's matchup with the LSU Tigers on the heels of a two game losing streak. In direct contrast to the Gators, the LSU Tigers are playing outstanding basketball this season. Let me be more specific. The Tigers have played 15 games this season. LSU has only lost one of the 15 games the team has played. From a matchup perspective, I think the LSU Tigers will have a clear rebounding edge over the Florida Gators in the paint. Having stated that, I fully expect LSU forwards Tari Eason and Darius Day to play well on Wednesday night. Give me the LSU Tigers to win and cover the 3.5 points.

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