Ben Simmons Key Roll Makes LSU The Wise NCAAB Pick Over Florida

Joe Catalano

Saturday, January 9, 2016 4:00 PM GMT

The Florida Gators & LSU Tigers collide in a very even matchup. The question will be, Can the home team, who are a is a slight betting favorite. contain top-rated freshman, Ben Simmons?

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NCAA Basketball Pick: LSU +3.5 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Tip-off is scheduled for this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. EST at the Stephen O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. According at 5Dimes, the Gators are a 3.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 148.

 

Lackluster Season For Florida
Florida has had somehwhat of a disappointing season thus far. They're 0-3 versus teams that are in the AP Top 25 and are 1-2 in their last 3 games. Their last game being an 83-69 loss to Tennessee. They're certainly not coming into this game with a lot of momentum and have to face Ben Simmons. This will be a tall order for the Gators despite being the betting favorites on the NCAA basketball odds in this game.

 

Top Heavy
Mostly all of Florida's production comes from their starters. Their 3 top players all lead the team in scoring and in rebounding. They're are not a team that's going to pepper an opposing squad with 3-balls.

The trio of Dorian Finney-Smith (13 points, 7.1 rebounds), Devin Robinson (11.1 points, 6.9 rebounds), and John Egbunu (10.8 points ) lead the way for the Gators as most of their production comes from inside the paint. This could be a good matchup for Florida, but Finney-Smith, who leads Florida in shot attempts, will need to be more efficient.

He's coming off of  double-double against Tennesse, but has been way off the mark lately, shooting 10 for 33 in his last 3 games and just over 40% from the field for the season. Florida wins most of their games with their defense as there's no legitimate offensive threat on this team. They may be the betting favorite, but I could possibly see LSU winning ths game against a mere average Gators squad.

 

Upset Over Kentucky
LSU has had a weak schedule this season, but that changed in their last game when they matched up with head coach John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats. The Tigers pulled off the upset and that will do two things for them. It will provide a tremendous amount of confidence for them as they get into inter-conference play and a win over UK will look good on their resume come March.

Not only did LSU beat Kentucky, but they destroyed the Wildcats, 85-67 as they got off to an early lead. In this game, freshman phenom, Ben Simmons was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field for 14 points and 10 rebounds, but Tim Quarterman was the star of the game as he produced 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Quarterman broke out of a slump that saw him score in single digits in his previous 4 games. Hopefully for the Tigers, this will provide Quarterman with some confidence and take some of the pressure off of Ben Simmons.

 

#1 Pick In the 2016 NBA Draft
There's no doubt about  it as Ben Simmons is the complete package. He has the size at 6 foot 10, 225 pounds and can play both ends of the court.

For the season, he's averaging 20.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. There are no weaknesses to this young man's game. Previous to the Kentucky matchup, Simmons had a 36 point game against Vanderbilt. Look for Simmons to dominate the Gators as there's nobody capable of defending against him. Take LSU as the sharp NCAA basketball pick.