Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 1/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (11-6) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (10-7)
College Basketball: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Cajundome)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns battle the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at the Cajundome.
After struggling for the past several seasons the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are enjoying a reversal of fortunes in a positive way as they dropped their Sun Belt opener to Georgia States before ripping off five straight wins. The Warhawks capped off their run with a 64-52 decision versus visiting Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday as they took a nine point lead in to the second half and never let the Trojans come back. The difference was UL Monroe held a 44.7%-28.8% shooting advantage which added up to six more field goals. Nick Coppola led four DD scores with 15 points and five assists on 6-11 shooting in 40 minutes while Majok Deng added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tylor Ongwae followed with 13 points and nine boards with Justin Roberson and Marvin Williams added 12 and ten points.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns and their potent offense that averages almost 82 points are a big threat in the Sun Belt but following back to back defeats the team needs to regroup and move forward. The Ragin' Cajuns suffered a rare home loss to South Alabama Saturday by an 89-82 count in a game they looked to have control of with a nine point lead going to the locker room. The Jaguars shot the ball well at 55% and were 7-12 from beyond the arc while ULL connected at under 40% and were 6-20 on threes which negated ten more looks at the basket. Shawn Long paced the offense with 22 points and 22 rebounds but was just 6-18 from the floor while Brian Williams and Kasey Shepherd netted 13 points apiece. Jay Wright and Bryce Washington tossed in 12 and eleven points with Devonta Walker chipping in with eight.
The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. UL Monroe are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt. The Ragin' Cajuns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. UL Lafayette are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Going against the Ragin' Cajuns at home isn't generally a great idea but UL Monroe has had some success their with weaker teams...