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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 12/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (2-2) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (3-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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

The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 2-2 (0-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Loyola (LA) Wolfpack of the NAIA, 106-62, this past Wednesday. Louisiana Lafayette used an early 11-0 run to take control of the game and outscored Loyola (LA) by a 56-29 margin in the second half to get the victory. Louisiana Lafayette shot 52.9% from the field and 42.3% (11-23) from beyond the arc. The Ragin’ Cajuns held the Wolfpack to 14.3% (3-21) three-point shooting and outrebounded Loyola (LA) by a 52-42 margin. Leading the way for Louisiana Lafayette was Shawn Long who had a double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds. On the season, the Ragin’ Cajuns have been led by Shawn Long (21.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg), Kasey Shepherd (12.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 spg), and Devonta Walker (10.00 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Offensively, Louisiana Lafayette is averaging 96.0 ppg on 51.3% shooting. The Ragin’ Cajuns average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, Louisiana Lafayette is allowing an average o f82.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Ragin’ Cajuns average 6.8 spg and have a rebound margin of 12.8.

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 12/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks improved to 3-2 (0-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 64-54, this past Monday night. Louisiana Monroe used a strong defensive effort in the first half holding Chattanooga to just 20 points and never allowed the Mocs to take a lead in the 2nd half in the victory. Louisiana Monroe shot 41.5% from the field and although they shot just 14.3% (2-14) from three-point range, they were solid at the FT line hitting 18 of 23 free-throws. The Warhawks held the Mocs to just 35.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Chattanooga by a 36-33 margin.  Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Majok Deng who had 22 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (16.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Travis Munnings (12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg), and James Roberson (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 spg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 70.4 ppg on 45.5% shooting. The Warhawks average just 3.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is holding opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg on 37.7% shooting. The Warhawks average 7.2 spg and have a rebound margin of 8.0.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Sun Belt opponents and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Louisiana Lafayette should be one of the best teams in the Sun Belt this season as they returned the majority of their leaders from last year’s 22 win team including Shawn Long who is probably the best player in the Sun Belt. Louisiana Monroe should also be near or at the top of the Sun Belt by the end of this season as they have one of the best defenses in the country. This will an interesting battle as the Ragin’ Cajuns high-scoring offensive will be trying to put up points against the Warhawks defense  that currently is holding teams to just 37.7% shooting. Louisiana Monroe just beat a very good team in the Chattanooga Mocs at home and as they have Majok Deng to put up against Shawn Long, I think the Warhawks defense does enough in this one to get them the win. Take Louisiana Monroe and the points. 

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