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Tigers vs Wildcats College Hoops Game Preview

LSU TigersNorthwestern Wildcats
Nov 17, 3:00 PM | Carolina First Center

LSU Tigers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds


A key college battle sees the visiting Tigers travelling to Northwestern Thursday to take on the Wildcats on Thursday.

The game is being played at Carolina First Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

This season, the Wildcats are 1-0 overall and 0-0 ATS ATS, while the Tigers are 1-1 and 0-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Northwestern boasts a 0-0 on the OU, and LSU is 0-0.

View LSU vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Wildcats as 8.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 217 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at No. 198 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 86-69.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northwestern's No. 277-ranked scoring average of 60 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 263 and allowing 72.5 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 43.8% to date this season, more than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (39% per game).

Defensively, LSU features the nation's No. 213-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 248 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for LSU, they were a 71-63 loser as they battled Coastal Carolina on the road. LSU suffered a 71-63 loss against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, getting 15 points from Ralston Turner in a losing effort at Kimbel Arena.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 60-36 winner at home against Texas-Pan American. Northwestern cruised to victory on Sunday, running Texas-Pan American out of the gym and running up a 60-36 score at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing South Alabama are 2-0
After playing Coastal Carolina are 1-0
After a loss are 1-9

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Texas-Pan American are 4-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Tigers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Northwestern is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
LSU home to South Alabama, Wednesday, November 23
Northwestern home to Stony Brook, Friday, November 25