Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 2/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (21-2) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (11-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans won their 6th straight game and improved to 21-2 (11-1 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Southern Alabama Jaguars, 74-43, this past Saturday. Arkansas-Little Rock used a 9-0 run to open up the 2nd half to help extend their 33-21 halftime lead and was able to cruise to victory. Arkansas-Little Rock shot 58.2% from the field and outrebounded South Alabama by a 38-24 margin. The Trojans allowed the Jaguars to shoot 28.8% from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Arkansas-Little Rock was Josh Hagins who had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Trojans have been led by Marcus Johnson Jr. (13.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), Josh Hagins (12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.9 apg), and Lis Shoshi (6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Offensively, Arkansas-Little Rock is averaging 70.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field and 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Trojans average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, Arkansas-Little Rock is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg on 37.0% shooting. The Trojans average 6.9 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 3.9.
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The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks improved to 11-12 (7-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 91-90, this past Saturday. Louisiana Monroe was able to overcome a late 87-80 deficit and got a layup by Nick Coppola with 10 seconds left to play to take the lead and get the win. Louisiana Monroe shot 52.6% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks allowed the Mountaineers to shoot 57.4% from the field and outrebounded Appalachian State by a 31-24 margin. Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Nick Coppola who had 25 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (19.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 bpg), Justin Roberson (13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 spg), and Nick Coppola (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 72.7 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 41.5% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 2.8 and average 5.6 steals per game.
The Trojans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Arkansas-Little Rock has been one of the best defensive teams in the country this season as they rank 1st in the country in scoring defense and 4th in defensive FG %. Louisiana Monroe was able to pick up a rare road win against Appalachian State and has been outstanding at home this season posting a perfect 9-0 record. Louisiana Monroe lost a close 58-57 battle on the road against Arkansas-Little Rock eariler this season and as I think this one will be another close, low-scoring affair, I’m going to take the points in this one. Take Louisiana Monroe and the points.