ULM vs LSU Preview and Prediction
ULM vs LSU Preview
The LSU men’s basketball team puts a couple of win streaks on the line Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center as the Tigers host ULM in the final non-conference game of the 2018-19 season.
LSU will be going for its 15th consecutive win in the building against ULM dating back to last year. The Tigers won its final six regular season home games a year ago and a post-season NIT game against UL-Lafayette. LSU has won its first seven home games this season in going 9-3 on the year. The 14-game winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in the long 48 year history of the building.
The Tigers have also won 18 straight games against Louisiana competition, including three this year (Southeastern, Louisiana Tech, Grambling State). LSU’s last loss at home against Louisiana competition was on Nov. 16, 2010 against Nicholls State.
Get to know ULM
ULM comes in at 7-4 after a Dec. 21 win over Coppin State. Coached by Baton Rouge native Keith Richard, who served two years on Trent Johnson’s LSU staff as an assistant, is in his 18th year as a head coach, having served nine years as head coach at Louisiana Tech prior to joining the LSU staff, and he is now in his ninth year as head coach at ULM.
ULM is on a four-game win streak having wins over Grambling, Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls and Coppin State. The Warhawks are led by Wichita State transfer Daishon Smith at 18.0 points a game, Travis Munnings (who had 32 with eight treys against Coppin State) averaged 14.5, Michael Ertel 13.1 and JD Williams 12.7 points a game.
Having four starters who average double figures in scoring is impressive and shows talent within that group.
LSU coming in hot
We talked about the streaks for LSU, but this team is coming off back-to-back wins over solid programs. The first was a nail-biter win over Saint Mary’s 78-74. In their last game, they knocked off No.24 Furman from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 75-57 beat down we covered here on MFST.
LINE: -15.5 LSU
Dan’s Bet: +15.5 ULM
Score Prediction: LSU 78 ULM 65
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