The LSU Tigers have dispatched each of their first four opponents this season, but will face their toughest test yet against a Belmont squad that has won at least 19 games in 16 straight seasons.
Belmont Bruins at LSU Tigers (-5.5, 156)
(stats as of Sunday morning)
Belmont ranks 29th in assist-to-turnover ratio and 22nd in points scored on a per-possession basis, which makes sense with the top-10 scorers from the 2020-21 season back.
On the other side, LSU is 17th in points scored on a per-possession basis, while also generating 13.5 steals per game, which is second in the country.
Though LSU ranks in the top five in points allowed on a per-possession basis, Belmont has made opponents earn their points, ranking 17th in free throw attempts allowed on a per-possession basis.
Belmont is 23rd in the country in field goal shooting percentage and will hit enough shots to give LSU a scare on Monday.
Pick: Belmont + 5.5