Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns CIT Tournament - 3/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (21-13) at Sam Houston State Bearkats (26-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Bernard Johnson Coliseum)
The Line: Sam Houston State Bearkats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sam Houston State Bearkats and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns battle in round two of the CIT.
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The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns finished 4th in the Sun Belt thanks in large part because they put the ball in the basket. Incarnate Word received a first hand view of the Ragin’ Cajuns scoring prowess in an 83-68 defeat in their CIT opener. This was neck and neck before ULL went wild in a 49-29 second half run to overcome a five point hole. The Cardinals were held to 40% accuracy which couldn’t compete with UL Lafayette’s nearly 54% marksmanship and 16-9 advantage at the stripe. Bryce Washington was unstoppable with a game high 25 points on 11-14 from the floor with Hayward Register netting 12. Shawn Long added eleven points, nine rebounds and five helpers to round out the top contributors.
Sam Houston State is probably glad they won’t be seeing Stephen F. Austin again because the Lumberjacks are the reason there was no Dancing. The Bearkats took out some of their frustration out in their 87-71 rout of North Carolina-Wilmington to kick off the CIT in style. The Bearkats held UNCW to under 40% from the floor while sinking shots at 44% themselves with a 9-19 mark from long range and a 23-18 edge at the charity stripe adding up to a rout. Aurimas Majuskas led five double digit scorers with 27 points and five yanks on 9-11 from the field with Michael Holyfield adding ten points and eleven rebounds. The trio of Jabari Peters, Paul Baxter and Kaheem Ransom each scored eleven points and combined for16 rebounds.
The Ragin’ Cajuns strength is scoring the basketball which they can do as well as any team. On the flip side Sam Houston State knows how to light up the scoreboard as well and enjoy the added bonus of having a top notch defense so they can win in any way. I think the spread is a little scary if Louisiana-Lafayette gets going offensively but I will go with the balanced squad…