Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. Texas State Bobcats - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas State Bobcats (11-13) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (14-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Cajundome)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas State Bobcats will travel to the Cajundome to take on the UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Texas State Bobcats dropped to 11-13 (5-10 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia State Panthers, 53-41, this past Saturday. Texas State shot 29.3% from the field and 13.3% (2-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Emani Gant who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Texas State is ranked 239th in the RPI Standings and has played the 148th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Emani Gant (13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg) and Cameron Naylor (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.5 apg). Texas State is averaging 62.4 ppg (ranked 285th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 293rd). The Bobcats average 13.0 turnovers per game (ranked 201st) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.86 (ranked 259th). Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.6 ppg (ranked 25th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 102nd). The Bobcats are holding teams to 29.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 21st) and have a turnover margin of 2.8 (ranked 29th).
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The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns improved to 14-12 (8-7 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 84-80 (OT), this past Saturday. UL Lafayette shot 48.3% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin' Cajuns was Brian Williams who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. UL Lafayette is ranked 202nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 220th ranked SOS. On the season, the Ragin' Cajuns have been led by Shawn Long (17.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg) and Brian Williams (10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg). UL Lafayette is averaging 78.9 ppg (ranked 15th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 56th). The Ragin' Cajuns average 14.5 apg (ranked 57th) however, commit 14.6 turnovers per game (ranked 309th). UL Lafayette is holding their opponents to an average of 72.0 ppg (ranked 304th on 43.8% shooting (ranked 220th). The Ragin' Cajuns are pulling down 39.35 total rpg (ranked 14th) and have a rebound margin of 5.7 (ranked 24th).
The Bobcats are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Sun Belt and 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 road games. The Ragin Cajuns are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 Thursday games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Texas State has lost 8 of their last 9 games as they continue to struggle in finding ways to put up points on the board. LA-Lafayette is 4-4 in their last 8 games and is a team that will use its bench to keep fresh legs in so they can keep the game at a high pace at all times. This is a game in which a high-scoring offensive goes against a great scoring defensive. LA-Lafayette was able to put up 73 points at Texas State in their first match-up and I just have trouble backing a team in which I know if they give up 60+ points, that they will probably end up losing the game. I think Texas State tries to slow down this game but is unsuccessful and that the Ragin' Cajuns cover the spread in this one. Take UL-Lafayette to cover.