After a disappointing start to the 2023 Charleston Classic, the LSU Tigers and North Texas Mean Green will look to bounce back in Game 2 of the tournament on Friday. The Tigers (1-2), who have dropped two in a row, led for much of Thursday's game against Dayton before falling 70-67. The Mean Green (2-1), who entered the tournament on a seven-game winning streak, dropped a 53-52 decision to St. John's. This will be the third meeting between the schools. The all-time series is tied 1-1.
The game from TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., will tip off at 11:30 a.m. ET. North Texas is averaging 70 points per game, while LSU averages 79.7. The Tigers are 2.5-point favorites in the latest North Texas vs. LSU odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 127. Before making any LSU vs. North Texas picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 2 of the 2023-24 season on an 87-56 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. Anyone who followed it saw huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on LSU vs. North Texas and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for North Texas vs. LSU:
- LSU vs. North Texas spread: LSU -2.5
- LSU vs. North Texas over/under: 127 points
- LSU vs. North Texas money line: North Texas +123, LSU -146
- NT: The Mean Green went 7-2 on neutral courts in 2022-23
- LSU: The Tigers are 4-3 on neutral courts since the start of last season
- LSU vs. North Texas picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why North Texas can cover
Senior guard Rubin Jones is averaging 10.7 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and two steals per game. He is coming off an eight-point and four-rebound performance against St. John's on Thursday. In the season opener against Northern Iowa on Nov. 7, he poured in 15 points and had five steals. In parts of four seasons with the Mean Green, he has played in 91 games, including 39 starts, including 31 in 2021-22. He has a career average of 7.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Jason Edwards came off the bench in Thursday's loss, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in 29 minutes of action. In the season opener, he scored 19 points and grabbed two boards. Edwards was junior college's second-leading scorer with 765 points last year, helping lead Dodge City Community College to a 25-10 overall record. Edwards was named a 2023 NJCAA First Team All-American and the 2023 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Player of the Year. See which team to pick here.
Why LSU can cover
Senior forward Will Baker helps power the Tigers, and is coming off a 10-point and eight-rebound effort in Thursday's loss to Dayton. He also had three blocks. For the season, Baker is averaging 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and one assist per game. He is in his first year at LSU after spending the past two seasons at Nevada. Last year at Nevada, he played in 32 games, all starts, averaging 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Jalen Reed is another solid contributor on offense for LSU. Against Dayton, he scored a team-high 16 points in 25 minutes of action, hitting on 7 of 9 shots from the floor. For the season, he is averaging 12.7 points, two assists, five rebounds and one block in 22 minutes of action. He is in his second season with the team, averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 33 games, including 11 starts, in 2022-23. See which team to pick here.
How to make North Texas vs. LSU picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 133 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 70% of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
So who wins LSU vs. North Texas, and which side of the spread hits in well over 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has returned more than $1,700 on its college basketball picks dating back to last season, and find out.