Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns - 3/15/14 Sun Belt Semifinal
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-11) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (21-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Lakefront Arena)
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will play Saturday afternoon for a shot at playing in the Sun Belt tournament final. The Hilltoppers won both of the regular season meetings.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won their first tournament matchup with a 91-85 win over Texas-Arlington. They made 12 threes and grabbed 43 rebounds in the shootout victory. Xavian Rimmer led the way with 24 points, as he shot 5-6 from downtown. On the season, the Ragin’ Cajuns average 81.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allow 75.1 points on 44 percent shooting. They’ve scored no less than 72 points in their last eight games. They are 13-13 ATS overall this season.
This will be the Hilltoppers first game in a week, as they split their last six regular season games. On the season, they average 68.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allow 67.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting. They’re led by junior guard T.J. Price, who averages 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2 assists. Their weakness would be their 65.9 percent free throw shooting and 13 turnovers per game average. On the season, they are 11-17-1 ATS overall.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a SU win. The Hilltoppers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I like the Hilltoppers to cover the small chalk, as they're the better team and playing their first game of the tournament. Fresh legs usually pay off big in games like this.