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Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Appalachian State - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-10) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (4-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Cajundome)

The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers and Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns square off Saturday night at the Cajundome.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers need a big win here to snap a seven-game skid. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are averaging 67.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Frank Eaves is averaging 20.1 points and 2.5 assists while Ronshad Shabazz is averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Chris Burgess is dishing 2.3 assists and Griffin Kinney is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. Appalachian State is allowing 41.8 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have lost 10 straight road games.

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Appalachian State - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns also need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 84.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Shawn Long is averaging 18.2 points and 11.9 rebounds while Kasey Shepherd is averaging 11 points and two assists. Jay Wright is the third double-digit scorer and Johnathan Stove is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 28.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. Louisiana Lafayette is allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won nine of their last 11 home games.

The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Sun Belt. The Ragin' Cajuns are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

Neither of these teams is playing all that well, but Appalachian State is flat out awful. If forced to pick, I'll side with the home team and the chalk. However, the best bet would be to stay away.

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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -13.5

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