Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville Florida
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:45 pm Eastern
The NCAA Tournament is finally here and it’s another opportunity for you to make “Cash with the Flash”!! I’m the Flash and I’m thrilled to be previewing this Eastern Regional First Round matchup between the Yale Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers. Yale got here by winning the Ivy League Championship in thrilling fashion and LSU won the SEC regular season title. This is going to be a terrific matchup and let’s win some “Cash with the Flash”!
Yale Strong Finish
Yale finished the season on a roll, defeating Princeton and Harvard to win the Ivy League Tournament and a shot at upsetting number three seed LSU on Thursday afternoon. KenPom ranks the Bulldogs number 82 in the country with a strength of schedule as the 186th strongest in NCAA D1 hoops this season. The Bulldogs had two losing streaks of two games or less this season, four winning streaks of at least three games with a six-game an eight-game winning streak. Yale had a huge win over Miami this season and lost to NCAA powerhouse Duke by 33 points. That gives the Bulldogs a .500 record over top 25 competition and you can bet Yale would love to add LSU in their win column on Thursday afternoon.
No. 14 Bulldogs Draw No. 3 LSU In NCAA Tournament In Jacksonville
— Yale Men's Basketball (@Yale_Basketball) March 17, 2019
The Bulldogs aren’t listing any injuries for their Thursday contest with LSU.
This will be the first and only meeting between the two schools this season. Yale has a neutral site record of 3-0 this season and is riding a three-game winning streak this season.
Junior guard Miye Oni leads Yale in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game with 6.4 rebounds and a team-leading 3.6 assists per game. Oni drains a pair of threes per game and has met or exceeded his scoring average twice in the past six games.
Yale scores an average of 81.1 points per game and pulls down 7.7 offensive rebounds, 30.9 defensive boards and dish 17.1 assists per game this season.
Yale standouts Alex Copeland and Blake Reynolds were asked how this appearance was different for them then in 2016 when the Bulldogs faced Baylor, and their response tells us how ready they are to face LSU.
ALEX COPELAND: Yeah, it definitely feels pretty different. I think as freshmen, I didn’t actually get on the court, Blake did and he hit a three against Baylor, which was pretty awesome. I think there was definitely an element of kind of feeling like you were just along for the ride a little bit, and as much as I enjoyed that, I think I have vivid memories of being on the bus leaving March Madness and saying, okay, I’ve got to try to get back here before I graduate. And to be able to do that as one of the leaders of this team feels really special and just feels like a bit of a dream come true.
I think that coming here and seeing it before, it kind of put that dream into your mind, and we were lucky to have really great seniors and really great leaders before us that were able to kind of bring some clarity to that vision, and I think when you can have a dream combined with a little bit of a plan and a vision and a blueprint of how to do it, I think you can try to do something really special.
Wednesday the press met with Yale Head Coach James Jones and the key players and answered questions on a vast array of topics. I found this presser helpful and I believe that you will too!!
Stay tuned for more updates right up until tip-off!!
Tough Ten Days For LSU
In the last ten days, the LSU Tigers had their coach Will Wade suspended and lost to Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. That’s quite a week and the Flash offers his sympathies for a side that had an incredible 2019 campaign: The Tigers won the SEC Title and finished with a record of 26-6 and an SEC record of 16-2. LSU went 5-3 this season against top 25 opponents and lost no more than two straight games this season. LSU had four winning streaks of at least four game with their longest being 10 games. KenPom ranks the Tigers number 18 in the country with a strength of schedule ranking of number 40 in the nation. Yes, an incredible season and a win over Yale would be a welcome sight amidst all the turmoil and Twidiots thinking LSU doesn’t deserve a number three seed in this event.
The three-seeded Tigers have hit 219 three-pointers this season! pic.twitter.com/X9T47B2cYS
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) March 17, 2019
LSU isn’t reporting any injuries for their matchup with Yale on Thursday afternoon.
The two schools didn’t face each other this season, the Tigers have a neutral site record of 2-3 and are hoping to end a one-game winning streak on Thursday.
Sophomore guard Tremont Waters leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists. Waters drains two triples per night and has exceeded his scoring average once in his last four games.
The Tigers score an average of 81.4 points per game and snares 12.5 offensive rebounds, 26.3 defensive rebounds and drop 13.1 dimes per game this season.
Interim head coach Tony Benford was asked how the Tigers prepared for their first-round opponent Yale after losing to Florida in the SEC Tournament, and his reply was interesting;
“When we got back, we hit the reset button,” LSU interim coach Tony Benford said at a press conference Sunday night at LSU. “It’s a new season. We’re 0-0 like everyone else in the country.”
“The Florida game is behind us,” Benford said. “We have some things we know we have to do better defensively – boxing out, fundamental things.”
Wednesday the press met with interim Head Coach Tony Benford, Tremont Waters, and other key players and answered questions on a vast array of topics. I found this presser helpful and I believe that you will too!!
Stay tuned for more updates right up to tip-off time.
- Tigers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Tigers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
- Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Under is 7-1 in Bulldogs last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 3-1-1 in Bulldogs last 5 neutral site games.
- Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Flash loves a good upset as much as the next guy, but I’m not sure this is going to be the game for that. LSU is so darn good on the offensive glass and the Tigers knock down a bunch of triples per game. Yale allows opponents to shoot 31 percent from long range this season and I think what will end up happening is LSU looking to beat the Bulldogs in the paint. Yale allows an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game but they haven’t seen much of what a team like LSU can do on a consistent basis. I know it’s a bunch of points, and hopefully, the spread will go down to about six points, but I’m playing LSU and laying the points on Thursday.
Prediction: LSU -7.5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
We’re looking at two sides that place more emphasis on the offensive end, but the Tigers are a top 70 defensive side and if they want to win this game, I don’t think their plan will be to run and gun. I also see the Tigers imposing their will on the defensive side of the court and chasing the Bulldogs shooters off the three-point line, and LSU knows a thing or two about this as opponents shoot an average of 34 percent from beyond the arc this season.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with a total of 140 points and thought that number might be too low, but the Flash doesn’t see these two sides scoring much more than 140 points combined. Win “cash with the Flash” and play the under on Thursday.
Prediction: Under 161 Points