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Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019, Time 2:10pmET
The East Regional has its first matchup in the Round of 32 when the Maryland Terrapins face the LSU Tigers in the Jacksonville Regional. Maryland ruined plenty of brackets by defeating Belmont by a score of 79-77 and LSU broke the hearts of Yale fans worldwide by defeating the Bulldogs 79-74. I’m the Flash and I’m happy to be previewing this contest for you today. Let’s look at this game and see how we make “Cash with the Flash” on Saturday!
Maryland Beats Belmont with Big Boy Basketball
Maryland used a monster performance from freshman forward Jalen Smith and another double-double for sophomore forward Bruno Fernando to lead the Terrapins past a determined Belmont squad, by a score of 79-77. Smith finished scoring 19 points and 12 caroms and Fernando scored 14 points, hauled down 13 rebounds with four assists. Sophomore guard Darryl Morsell chipped in with 18 points and went 5-7 from the charity stripe for a Terrapins side that shot 43 percent from the field, 27 percent from long range and 67 percent from the free-throw line. It was a great second half effort against Belmont and Maryland had better play a complete game against LSU otherwise they are going to have a difficult time on Saturday.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) March 21, 2019
The Terrapins aren’t reporting any injuries for their Saturday matchup with LSU.
Maryland knows how to flex its muscles on the defensive end, allowing an average of 69.1 points per game and limiting their opponents to 7.9 offensive rebounds and 22.7 defensive rebounds and are forcing 9.5 turnovers per game.
The offensive side of the court is where it gets interesting for Maryland, who score an average of 71.3 points per game with 9.6 offensive rebounds and 29.6 defensive boards. Maryland also averages 13.2 assists per game and commit 13.2 turnovers per game.
Anthony Cowan Jr leads Maryland in scoring with 16 points per game and a team-leading 4.3 assists. Cowan was in foul trouble and finished with just nine points but did a great job moving the ball with six helpers against Belmont. Cowan needs a big game for Maryland otherwise they will be going home.
LSU Sneaks Past Yale
LSU held off a determined Yale side and was able to extend their shining moment for at least one more game, defeating Yale by a score of 79-74. Junior guard Tyler Mays led the Tigers with 19 points and three rebounds, sophomore guard Tremont Waters chipped in with 15 points and seven dimes and freshman forward Naz Reid added 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers won the battle of the glass 45-39 and shot 45 percent from the field, 23 percent from long range and just 67 percent from the free-throw line in their win over Yale. If LSU has designs to continue their run in this event, they had better tighten things up or Maryland will send them packing.
LSU takes down Yale, 79-74!
The Tigers will face the winner of Maryland vs. Belmont on Saturday! #MarchMadness
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) March 21, 2019
The Tigers aren’t currently reporting any injuries, but I will be following closely and update any injuries that may arise.
LSU opponents scored an average of 73 points and opponents shot 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from downtown this season. The Tigers also allowed 9.4 offensive rebounds, 24.3 defensive rebounds and cause 15 turnovers per game.
Offensively speaking, LSU scores an average of 81.4 points per game and snare 12.5 offensive rebounds, pull down 26.3 defensive caroms, drop 13.1 dimes and commit 13.9 turnovers per game this season.
Waters leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 15.1 points and a team-high 5.9 assists. Reid is averaging 13.7 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds and Mays is averaging 13 points per game for the Tigers this season.
- 4-0 ATS last 4 vs. Big 10.
- 8-2 ATS last 10 Saturday games.
- 1-7 ATS last 8 NCAA Tournament games.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 neutral site games.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I think this is going to be a close game on Saturday. Both sides have big fellas that like to go at it in the paint and two sides that don’t always shoot the ball consistently. Both sides like to crash the boards and are used to dominating most of the teams they play, and I think LSU might be a bit more experienced there so I give them an edge. What it will all boil down to is turnovers, and I have to side with the more experienced LSU side trying to forget their coach is watching from home awaiting his future to be decided in a court of law. We make “Cash with the Flash” by laying 1.5 points and playing Louisiana State on Saturday.
Prediction: LSU -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This should be a low scoring game with plenty of aggression on the defensive end as neither are the best offensive teams in college basketball. Or anywhere for that matter. Okay, they are good but very inconsistent and neither shoot the ball from long range very well. The Tigers are very good at causing turnovers, but not very good at making those turnovers result in points, but they do try.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with 136 points and thought that to be about right. We make “Cash with the Flash” when we lay the points and play the under on Saturday.
Prediction: Under 147.5