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Saint Joseph's LSU Betting Preview

LSU TigersSaint Joseph's Hawks
3-1November 28, 2013, 08:50 | HP Field House2-1

The Saint Joseph's Hawks will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the LSU Tigers at HP Field House in NCAA basketball action.

The Hawks are 2-1 so far on the season, and 1-1 ATS vs. the number. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 3-1 and 1-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Saint Joseph's go 1-1 and the Tigers go 1-0 on the totals.

View LSU Tigers vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Joseph's sat as 3-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 49-ranked Hawks and the No. 128-rated Tigers in this matchup.

In their last action, LSU was an 89-66 winner at home against Southeastern Louisiana. The Tigers blew out Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 89-66 win at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Last time out for Saint Joseph's, they were an 83-79 loser as they battled Creighton at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. The Hawks endured an 83-79 loss at the hands of the Bluejays on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from DeAndre Bembry at Hagan Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tigers is ranked No. 1 in NCAA hoops at 52 per game. Contrast that with Saint Joseph's’s No. 96 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Saint Joseph's is the No. 19-ranked team in the country at 9 per game, while LSU rates No. 117 at 6.25 per game.

Next up:
LSU home to Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, December 14th
Saint Joseph's at Temple, Wednesday, December 4th