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Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (10-5) at Georgia Southern Eagles (10-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Hanner Fieldhouse)

The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to W. S Hanner Fieldhouse to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles this Thursday night.

The Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns won their 4th straight game and an improved to 10-5 (4-0 Sunbelt) after defeating the Georgia State Panthers 84-80 this past Thursday. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 51.1% from the field and 81.6% (31-38) from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for UL Lafayette was Shawn Long who had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Ragin’ Cajuns are currently ranked 184th in the RPI Standings and have played the 310th ranked SOS. On the season, UL Lafayette has been led by Shawn Long (15.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg) and Brian Williams (12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, the Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 82.6 ppg (ranked 10th) on 49.6% shooting (ranked 12th). UL Lafayette averages 15.9 assists per game (ranked 27th). Defensively, the Ragin’ Cajuns are allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg (ranked 281st) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 143rd). UL Lafayette is averaging 4.5 bpg (ranked 76th) and 7.9 spg (ranked 51st). The Ragin Cajuns are averaging 27.87 defensive rpg (ranked 13th) and 39.73 total rpg (ranked 24th).

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia Southern Eagles won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-3 (3-1 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the South Alabama Jaguars 81-73 this past Saturday. The Eagles shot 52.8% from the field and forced the jaguars into committing 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Georgia Southern was Jelani Hewitt who had 22 points and 4 assists. The Eagles are currently ranked 137th in the RPI Standings and have played the 314th ranked SOS. On the season, Georgia Southern has been led by Jelani Hweitt (20.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.8 spg) and Trent Wiedeman (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 73.2 ppg (ranked 60th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 217th). Georgia Southern averages 7.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 62nd) on 32.2% three-point shooting (ranked 229th). Defensively, the Eagles are holding their opponents to an average of 60.0 ppg (ranked 41st) on 38.9% shooting (ranked 52nd). Georgia Southern has a turnover margin of 2.2 (ranked 61st). The Eagles are grabbing 14.0 offensive rpg (ranked 18th), 26.46 defensive rpg (ranked 49th) and 40.46 total rpg (ranked 13th).  

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Eagles are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Both of teams are playing some great basketball and the Ragin’ Cajuns looked real impressive with their recent victory over the Sun-Belt favorite Georgia State. Both teams have a go-to scorer and can put points on the board in the hurry. This is going to be a tight game, but I’m going to side with the Georgia Southern Eagles as they have a better defensive and will playing in front of their home crowd. Take Georgia Southern to cover this small spread. 

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