Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas State - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas State Red Wolves (11-13) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (12-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arkansas State Red Wolves will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-13 (7-6 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, 83-73, this past Thursday. Arkansas State had a 50-41 lead early in the 2nd half but allowed the Ragin Cajuns to go on a 20-9 run to take the lead in which the Red Wolves would never get back. Arkansas State shot 43.9% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves allowed the Ragin Cajuns to shoot 43.3% from the field and was outrebounded by Louisiana Lafayette by a 41-30 margin. Leading the way for Arkansas State was Frederic Dure who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Red Wolves have been led by Devin Carter (17.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg), Anthony Livingston (15.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg), and Donte Thomas (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.2 spg). Arkansas State is averaging 75.0 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves average 5.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.02. Defensively, Arkansas State is allowing their opponents to average 74.9 ppg on 38.5% shooting. The Red Wolves average 4.9 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -0.8.
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The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-12 (8-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 86-82, this past Thursday. Louisiana Monroe was able to solve the difficult Arkansas-Little Rock defense and was able to hang on for victory after taking a 42-32 halftime lead. Louisiana Monroe shot 50.9% from the field and 53.3% (8-15) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks held the Trojans to 46.2% shooting from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from three-point range. Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Majok Deng who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (19.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 bpg), Justin Roberson (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Nick Coppola (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 73.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 41.7% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Red Wolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Warhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Arkansas State has struggled as of last losing 3 of their last 4 games and has struggled on the offensive end as of late as they’ve averaged just 69.9 ppg. Louisiana Monroe got a huge win at home against Arkansas-Little Rock and has been outstanding as of late on the offensive end as they’ve averaged 88.5 ppg in their last two games. Louisiana Monroe is talented team that can cause the top teams of the Sun Belt trouble however, Arkansas State was able to pick up a win against the Warhawks earlier this season and I just think this will be too many points for Louisiana Monroe to cover. I’m taking Arkansas State and the points.