Last Updated: 2017-11-16
The LSU Tigers (1-0) will be 8-point favorites at home in Pete Maravich Assembly Center when they clash against the Samford Bulldogs (1-1). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 158 points and it is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Samford Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers ATS Odds
Both teams dismantled their last opponent. The Tigers defeated the Alcorn State Braves 99-59, while the Bulldogs beat the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 87-68.
Samford dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 16.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.563. For those same stats, Alabama A&M had marks of 29.7 and 0.480, respectively. LSU, meanwhile, dominated every facet of their game. They had a turnover percentage of 9.1 and a free throw rate of 0.271. For those same stats, Alcorn State recorded marks of 19.8 and 0.153, respectively. LSU’s Tremont Waters had a good outing, contributing 27 points, six assists and five rebounds. Wyatt Walker, meanwhile was a key piece for Samford with 14 points and six rebounds.
The productive offense of Samford will square off against the mid-tier defense of LSU. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Bulldogs rank 85th in offensive efficiency, while the Tigers are 338th in defensive efficiency. The Bulldogs should have the advantage on that end of the court.
The Bulldogs are 20-16 straight up (SU) and 16-14 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Since last season, Samford games have finished over the O/U total 56.7 percent of the time.
The Tigers, meanwhile, have records of 11-21 SU and 11-19 ATS since last season. Games involving LSU have had a tendency to finish over the projected point total over that same stretch (70.0 percent).
Samford Bulldogs at LSU Tigers Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – LSU, ATS Winner – Samford, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Samford ranks 30th in assists per game (16.2) while LSU ranks 284th in assists allowed per game (15.3).
The Bulldogs average 35.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 153rd in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 213th in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
Samford averages 20.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 206th in the NCAA. LSU ranks 258th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
The Tigers rank 116th in blocks per game (3.6) while the Bulldogs rank 231st (2.4).
Samford ranks 148th in steals per game (6.2) while LSU ranks 228th in steals allowed per game (6.8).