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Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 3/13/14 Sun Belt First Round

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (10-16) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (14-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Lakefront Arena)

The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and Texas-Arlington Mavericks will meet Thursday night in the Sun Belt tournament first round. The Mavericks won both meetings this season.

The Warhawks lost four of their last six games to end the regular season and really had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop all year. They average just 63.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Junior Taylor Ongwae leads the way with 15.8 points and senior forward Jayon James averages 9.8 points and 6 rebounds. Defensibly, they allow 68.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. The Warhawks average 13 turnovers and shoot just 62.6 percent from the free throw line. They are 13-11 ATS overall.

Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 3/13/14 Sun Belt First Round

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The Mavericks won five of their last eight games of the season, which was good enough to sneak into the tournament. On the season, they average 74.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allow 79.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. They’re led by one of the best scorers in the conference in Reger Dowell, who averages 20.2 points per game. As a team, they shoot 70.4 percent from the free throw line and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. They’re also one of the better rebounding teams at 37.3 boards per game. The Mavericks are 14-11 ATS overall.

The Warhawks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU win. The Mavericks are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss.

The Mavs won and covered both games this season, and I don’t see why the result will be any different. Texas-Arlington is the much more explosive team offensively and has the advantage on the glass. The Warhawks struggle mightily to put the ball in the hoop and it will cost them once again.

With the spread not high at all, go ahead and take advantage of the small chalk. 

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Texas-Arlington Mavericks -2.5

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