Appalachian State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (10-12) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Holmes Convocation Center)
The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks will travel to the Holmes Convocation Center to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-12 (6-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, 72-65 in OT, this past Tuesday. Louisiana-Monroe was able to hit a couple of FT’s late at the end of regulation to force OT but scored only 1-point in the overtime period on the loss. Louisiana Monroe shot 38.7% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks allowed the Ragin Cajuns to shoot 38.1% from the field and was outrebounded by Louisiana Lafayette by a 51-30 margin. Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Justin Roberson who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (19.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 bpg), Justin Roberson (12.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Nick Coppola (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field and 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.09. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is holding their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 40.8% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
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The Appalachian State Mountaineers lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 6-16 (4-7 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, 87-76, this past Thursday. Appalachian State was down by a 17 points at halftime and although the cut the Ragin Cajuns lead down to five points with just five minutes remaining, the Mountaineers couldn’t complete the comeback. Appalachian State shot 40.3% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers allowed the Ragin Cajuns to shoot 52.5% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from three-point range. Leading the way for Appalachian State was Ronshad Shabazz who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Frank Eaves (20.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Ronshad Shabazz (11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Chris Burgess (7.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Appalachian State is averaging 69.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field and 36.6% shooting form beyond the arc. The Mountaineers average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.73. Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting. The Mountaineers average 3.2 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -4.0.
The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt opponents. The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Louisiana Monroe has a solid defense but has struggled on the road in conference play as they’ve posted an 0-5 record. Appalachian State has struggled a bit defensively, but has picked up a couple nice wins over Georgia State and Texas State at home and showed some great fight in their comeback attempt against Louisiana Lafayette. This should be a close game but Appalachian State put up little fight against Louisiana Monroe earlier this season and as I think the Warhawks are the better overall team, I think they pick up their first conference road win and cover this small spread. Take Louisiana Monroe to cover.