Check out our free North Carolina Central vs LSU pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Baton Rouge. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
North Carolina Central vs LSU Pick & Preview: Tuesday, December 13th Betting Odds
Eagles vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Carolina Central Eagles at LSU Tigers
- Where: Baton Rouge at Pete Maravich Assembly Center
- Date: Tuesday, December 13th
- Betting Odds: North Carolina Central +14, NCC +738 | LSU -1222 O/U 140.0
North Carolina Central will take the floor against the Tigers with an overall record of 5-5. On the road, the Eagles will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 0-5. So far, the Eagles have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +14 underdogs on the spread.
North Carolina Central’s leading scorer this season is Justin Wright who is averaging 15.6 points per contest. So far, Wright has accounted for 18.75% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.3 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists. Kris Monroe is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 11.0 points per game. Between him and Monroe, they are accounting for 32.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Carolina Central this season, as they are currently ranked 155th in college basketball at 72.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 284th in the NCAA.
Through 9 games, the LSU Tigers have an overall record of 8-1. So far this season, LSU has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-0. The Tigers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -14 points in their favor. For the season, LSU has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 7-0.
KJ Williams comes into today’s game as the Tigers’ leading scorer at 18.67 points per contest. Not only has Williams been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is LSU’s top rebounder at 7.67 boards per contest. Behind Williams, the team has benefited from the strong play of Adam Miller who is second on the team in scoring at 15.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.3% of his shots and is adding 2.0 boards per game.
On offense, LSU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.1 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 9 games, they have only hit 31.9% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.64% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina Central Eagles +14
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the North Carolina Central Eagles to cover as +14 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both North Carolina Central and LSU come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Eagles and the fact that they have 4-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on the road.