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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (13-11) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (16-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns will travel to the Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns dropped to 13-11 (7-6 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 84-69, this past Saturday. UL Lafayette shot 41.0% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Ragin' Cajuns was Shawn Long who had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 block. UL Lafayette is ranked 217th in the RPI Standings and has played the 234th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ragin' Cajuns have been led by Shawn Long (17.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg) and Brian Williams (10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.9 apg). UL Lafayette is averaging 79.7 ppg (ranked 12th) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 49th). The Ragin' Cajuns average 14.7 apg (ranked 52nd) and average 6.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 180th). UL Lafayette is holding their opponents to an average of 71.8 ppg (ranked 299th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 192nd). The Ragin' Cajuns pull down 39.71 total rpg (ranked 12th) and have a rebound margin of 5.9 (ranked 24th).

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UL Monroe Warhawks improved to 16-8 (10-3 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles, 71-68, this past Saturday. UL Monroe shot 51.9% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Warhawks was Tylor Ongwae who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. UL Monroe is ranked 122nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 162nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Tylor Ongwae (14.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Majok Deng (9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg). UL Monroe is averaging 65.5 ppg (ranked 217th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 167th). The Warhawks are shooting 71.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 97th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.16 (ranked 81st).  UL Monroe is holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 47th) on 37.7% shooting (ranked 13th). The Warhawks average just 15.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 28th) and pull down 36.75 total rpg (ranked71st).

The Ragin' Cajuns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 Thursday games.  The Warhawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

LA-Lafayette likes to keep the game fast-paced however, I think that they are going to struggle against a tough LA-Monroe defense. I'm a bit worried about a LA-Monroe let down after a tough OT win against Georgia Southern, however, the Warhawks were able to hold the Ragin' Cajuns to just 55 points in their first match-up and I think that LA-Monroe will be able to easily cover this small spread at home. Take LA-Monroe to cover. 

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UL Monroe Warhawks -2.5

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