Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-11) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (12-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Cajundome)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to the Cajundome to take on the LA-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-11 (5-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Southern Eagles, 83-46, this past Thursday. Appalachian State shot just 28.8% from the field and 10.5% (2-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Frank Eaves who had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Appalachian State is ranked 257th in the RPI Standings and has played the 330th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Frank Eaves (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg) and Tommy Spagnolo (10.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Offensively, Appalachian State is averaging 63.4 ppg (ranked 272nd) on 38.9% shooting (ranked 326th). The Mountaineers average 6.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 206th) and shoot 70.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 134th). Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg (ranked 269th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 290th). The Mountaineers average 36.42 total rpg (ranked 86th) however, have a -6.6 rebound margin (ranked 309th).
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The LA-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 12-10 (6-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats this past Saturday. LA-Lafayette held Texas State to 36.7% from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Shawn Long who had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. LA-Lafayette is ranked 207th in the RPI Standings and has played the 231st ranked SOS. On the season, the Ragin’ Cajuns have been led by Shawn Long (17.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg) and Brian Williams (11.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg). Offensively, LA-Lafayette is averaging 80.1 ppg (ranked 14th) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 45th). The Ragin’ Cajuns average 15.0 apg (ranked 43rd) and shoot 70.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 97th). Defensively, LA-Lafayette is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg (ranked 300th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 187th). The Ragin’ Cajuns average 39.86 total rpg (ranked 11th) and have a rebound margin of 6.0 (ranked 25th).
The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Although Appalachian State got destroyed by a very good Georgia Southern team, the Mountaineers have been playing decent basketball recently, which included a 74-69 victory over Georgia State. LA-Lafayette can really get up the court and score quickly however, can really struggle on the defensive end. Appalachian State has shown that they can be competitive on the road and I think this is just too many points to past up. Take Appalachian State and the points.