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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks face LSU Tigers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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3-1December 14, 2013, 08:00 | Pete Maravich Assembly Center5-2

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Tigers in LSU at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

LSU will face the 3-1 Warhawks, who own a 2-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Tigers are 1-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Warhawks are 1-1 favoring the OVER.

View Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs LSU Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Louisiana-Monroe before tip-off in this one found them as 18.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Tigers - Warhawks odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. LSU is rated No. 146 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisiana-Monroe is at No. 328.

LSU was a 70-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Butler. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Butler got 20 points from Kellen Dunham but lost anyway, 70-68, to LSU on Sunday at HP Field House.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Warhawks is ranked No. 57 in NCAA hoops at 39 per game. Contrast that with LSU’s No. 5 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, LSU is the No. 111-ranked team in the country at 6.43 per game, while Louisiana-Monroe rates No. 226 at 4.5 per game.

A few Warhawks at Tigers trends to consider:
Louisiana-Monroe is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
LSU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
LSU is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe at Mississippi, Wednesday, December 18th
LSU at Texas Tech, Wednesday, December 18th