TV Station: Monday, Nov. 23, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Arena: Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY
Line: LSU (-5)
Two of the top freshman in the country will be on show Monday night, as Ben Simmons and the LSU Tigers face off with the Henry Ellenson and the Marquette Golden Eagles in a semi-final of the Legends Classic.
The No. 23 Tigers are currently 3-0 behind their fantastic freshman, Simmons and Antonio Blakeney. These two players are averaging a combined 28 points per game, which is massive due to the injury woes of Keith Hornsby.
Marquette, on the other hand, seems to be content with just a six-man rotation. Six player on this team are averaging at least 25 minutes per game, and no other player averages over 13. This seems like the natural thing to do when a team boasts talented players like Ellenson, Duane Wilson and Luke Fischer, but could be part of the reason this team struggles offensively.
It’s also important to remember how young this team actually is. Their losses may be disappointing, but the future is extremely bright for Marquette basketball.
The fact the line for this game is just -5 to LSU is somewhat ridiculous, because the Tigers are miles better than the Golden Eagles when it comes to depth and experience. Marquette is a talented basketball team, but their losses to the OVC favorite the Belmont Bruins and Iowa Hawkeyes, who are expected to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 10, show that they will likely not have what it takes to pull off the upset.
Prediction: LSU 78, Marquette 67