December 15th, 2015 (2:05 PM ET)
There is one college selection tonight.
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Take Louisiana Tech at +7.5 spread against Mississippi for 3% of the bankroll.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are ranked 41st in the nation in scoring offense as they average 83.3 points per contest. What has been most impressive about their scoring output is not necessarily the amount of points they put up, but the manner in which they do so. They have been extremely efficient from the floor, averaging 45.3 percent shooting but only shoot 30 percent from beyond the arc. They are not a great three point shooting team and as such, they are not as reliant on the 3-ball to keep them in ball games. This shows that they are not afraid to bang down low or penetrate the lane in order to score their points which could be an advantage in this contest.
Alex Hamilton is the Bulldogs' go-to guy and leads the team with 17.3 points, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals while ranking third with 6.6 boards per contest. Erik McCree is a solid secondary scoring option averaging 16.8 points and 7 boards. This is a team that is incredibly deep on the offensive side of the ball and has multiple players who can put points on the board when called upon.
As solid as they have been on the offensive side of the ball, where Louisiana Tech has been at its best is on the defensive end. They are one of the top defenses in the nation allowing just 66 points per game and holding opponents to just 37% from the field. They have also been great at protecting the rim as they average nearly 6 blocks per game. They are a team that always seems to have their players in the right defensive position as they force an average of 15 turnovers per game while coming away with 8 steals per contest. They are also a solid rebounding team and should be able to bang down low with the Rebels. McCree is averaging 7 boards per game and Qiydar Davis chips in with 6.7 per contest. Dayon Griffin and Jacobi Boykins are also solid perimeter option defenders and should play a pivotal role in slowing the Rebels offensive attack.
Ole Miss is coming off an impressive 3 game stretch on the road and this will be their first game back in on their home court in some time. While teams no doubt play much better at home than on the road, experience has taught us that teams coming off a long road stretch, typically struggle in their first game back at home and it often times takes a game or two to once again find their rhythm and become acclimated to their home court again and we believe that will be the case in this contest. The Rebels, for as good as they have been this season, are basically reliant on a one man show. Stefan Moody is the driving force of this team and his team’s success is solely dependent on his individual production. Moody is averaging 23.6 points, 4 boards and 4.2 assists per contest. He also accounts for nearly half of the teams 52 three pointers this season. Besides Moody, there is no much depth to this Rebels team so their scoring options will likely be limited if he struggles or has an off shooting night.
This matchup has all of the makings of a competitive contest. While the Ole Miss Rebels play in a Power 5 conference and have had a nice start to the season, they really have not been tested against quality competition as of yet. This matchup with the Bulldogs will certainly provide a stern test for them. Outside of their loss to the Memphis Tigers, Tech has shown that they can rise to the occasion and compete at a high level against decent competition. The Bulldogs have enough scoring options on offense to keep this game close and we wouldn't be completely surprised if the Rebels stumble and the Bulldogs pick up the outright victory. The points are where the value is in what should be a closely contested matchup.
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