Iowa State at LSU: 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Iowa State at LSU: 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers (22-11) vs Iowa State Cyclones (20-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:20 pm (Fiserv Forum)

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The Iowa State Cyclones and LSU Tigers face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament at Fiserv Forum. 

Iowa State comes into this game with a 20-12 record overall and they have gone 17-15 against the spread. After such a fast start to the season, the Cyclones haven’t been as dominant, but they still did enough to make the tournament. In the last game against Texas Tech the offense only managed 41 points, and that led to the 31 point defeat. The Cyclones are averaging 66.5 points while their defense is giving up 63 points per game. Izaiah Brockington has been the top player for Iowa State averaging 17.2 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from behind the three point line.

On the other side of this matchup is the LSU Tigers who sit with a 22-11 record overall and they have gone 19-14 against the spread. LSU has had a lot of turmoil the last week including head coach Will Wade being fired. With these all being his players, it will be crucial they continue to play as a team if they want to win this game. LSU is averaging 73.1 points while their defense is giving up 63.5 points pre game. Tari Eason has been the top player for LSU averaging 16.9 points while shooting 52 percent from the field. 

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The over is 8-1 in LSU’s last nine games following a loss. Iowa State is 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points. Iowa State is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous games. 

I am concerned about how this LSU team will respond without WIll Wade, but they are still the much more talented team. THis TIgers team has a strong defense,  and Iowa State will have some major issues scoring. Look for LSU to have enough offense to come away with the cover of the spread.

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