Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (18-8) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm (ASU Convocation Center)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
UL Monroe Warhawks at Arkansas State Red Wolves
The UL Monroe Warhawks will travel to the ASU Convocation Center to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
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The UL Monroe Warhawks improved to 18-8 (12-3 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 69-58, this past Saturday. UL Monroe shot 50.9% from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Warhawks was Tylor Ongwae who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. UL Monroe is ranked 113th in the RPI Standings and has played the 162nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Tylor Ongwae (14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Majok Deng (10.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg). UL Monroe is averaging 65.7 ppg (ranked 212th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 139th). The Warhawks average just 11.7 turnovers per game (ranked 64th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.18 (ranked 76th). UL Monroe is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 34th) on 37.6% shooting (ranked 8th). The Warhawks are holding teams to 28.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 9th) and average 4.5 bpg (ranked 57th).
The Arkansas State Red Wolves dropped to 9-15 (4-11 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 70-57, this past Thursday. Arkansas State shot 40.0% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Wolves was Anthony Livingston who had 20 points and 19 rebounds. Arkansas State is ranked 271st in the RPI Standings and has played the 258th ranked SOS. On the season, the Red Wolves have been led by Anthony Livingston (14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg) and Cameron Golden (14.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg). Arkansas State is averaging 63.5 ppg (ranked 272nd) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 296th). The Red Wolves average 5.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 214th) and commit 13.5 turnovers per game (ranked 249th). Arkansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg (ranked 227th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 137th). The Red Wolves pull down 35.25 total rpg (ranked 135th) and are holding teams to 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 93rd).
The Warhawks are 4-0 TS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Red Wolves are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. the Sun Belt and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 home games.
UL Monroe has won their past 6 games winning their last two without Marvin Williams who is questionable for Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. Arkansas State has lost their last 5 games as they are averaging just 57.8 ppg in that span. I'm surprised that UL Monroe isn't more of a favorite in this one as if they can contain Anthony Livingston, they should win this game easily. Take UL Monroe to cover this small spread.