Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Charlotte 49ers - 1/23/14
Charlotte 49ers (12-5) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (15-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Thomas Center)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
It doesn’t get much better on Thursday night than a matchup between Charlotte and Louisiana Tech. Both squads are the cream of the crop in the Conference USA and have been playing great basketball all season long. The 49ers are 12-5 and winners in four of their last five, Louisiana Tech is 15-4 and has won seven of its last eight.
Honestly, I don’t understand the spread. Unless there’s a big injury I’m not aware of, I don’t see how anyone can resist taking Charlotte plus double digits.
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Yes, the Bulldogs are probably the more complete team and are playing at home, a place where it is 7-1 straight up this season. However, the 49ers remain one of the more underrated teams in college basketball and have already beaten some tough competition that includes Kansas State, Michigan and UTEP.
Charlotte can go toe-to-toe with Louisiana Tech in the paint and help cancel out the rebounding advantage the Bulldogs usually have over every other team. It also shoots 45.6 percent from the field, which should help the 49ers keep up with the high scoring pace of the Bulldogs.
As for spreads are concerned, Charlotte is an impressive 6-2 against the number on the road this season and have covered in its last five games played on Thursday.
The Bulldogs play tough defense, holding opponents to less than 40 percent from the field. It will take a disciplined game for the 49ers to pull off the shocking upset on the road. But asking them to keep it within 12 points is beyond reasonable.
Charlotte is a battle tested team that obviously still isn’t getting much love from the odd makers. We’ll use that to our advantage and pick the 49ers with high confidence.