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UT-Arlington vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (14-12) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (18-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm (College Park Center)

The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks will travel to College Park Center to take on the UT-Arlington Mavericks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks won their 4th straight game and improved to 14-12 (10-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats, 76-57, this past Thursday. Louisiana Monroe had little trouble with the usually tough Texas State defense and was able to cruise for victory after taking a 39-20 halftime lead. Louisiana Monroe shot 51.7% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks held the Bobcats to 36.7% shooting from the field and outrebounded Texas State by a 34-26 margin.  Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Justin Roberson who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (19.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Justin Roberson (14.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg), and Nick Coppola (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 73.5 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 6.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 41.8% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

UT-Arlington vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UT-Arlington Mavericks won their 4th straight game and improved to 18-7 (9-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, 84-83 in OT, this past Thursday. UT-Arlington was able to overcome a 42-29 halftime deficit to force OT and got a game winning three-pointer by Jalen Jones to win it with 13 seconds left in OT. UT-Arlington shot 37.1% from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from beyond the arc. The Mavericks allowed the Ragin Cajuns to shoot 42.4% from the field and 38.5% (10-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for UT-Arlington was Kaelon Wilson who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Mavericks have been led by Kevin Hervey (18.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.9 apg), Erick Neal (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jalen Jones (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, UT-Arlington is averaging 81.1 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mavericks average 9.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, UT-Arlington is holding their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg on 40.0% shooting. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of 8.3 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.

Louisiana Monroe was able to put together their best road performance of the season at Texas State and has been great on the offensive end as of late as during their 4-game winning streak the Warhawks are averaging 82.75 ppg. UT-Arlington was able to get an impressive comeback victory against Louisiana Lafayette and has been much better on the defensive end during their winning streak holding opponents to an average of 66.25 ppg. UT-Arlington has been great at home this season posting a 10-1 record, however, Louisiana Monroe seems to be playing their best basketball of the season right now and I think this is just too many points for the Mavericks to cover. Take Louisiana Monroe and the points. 

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