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South Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (15-11) at South Alabama Jaguars (12-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm (Mitchell Center)

The Line: South Alabama Jaguars +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns will travel to the Mitchell Center to take on the South Alabama Jaguars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 15-11 (11-6 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 73-63, this past Thursday. Louisiana Lafayette was down by a 39-27 margin at halftime but was outstanding in the 2nd half on both sides of the ball, outscoring Troy by a 46-24 margin, to get the comeback victory. Louisiana Lafayette shot 42.1% from the field and outrebounded Troy by a 51-39 margin. The Ragin Cajuns held the Trojans to 33.3% shooting from the field and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Louisiana Lafayette was Shawn Long who had a monster double-double with 29 points, 20 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Ragin Cajuns have been led by Shawn Long (19.2 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Kasey Shepherd (10.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg), and Jay Wright (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Louisiana Lafayette is averaging 80.1 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Ragin Cajuns average 6.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Louisiana Lafayette is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Ragin Cajuns have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

South Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Alabama Jaguars dropped to 12-16 (7-10 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, 66-59, this past Thursday. South Alabama was down by a 39-27 margin at halftime and although they were able to fight back with a 16-8 run late into the 2nd half, the Jaguars couldn’t get a defense stop late in the game to secure the victory. South Alabama struggled offensively as they shot just 33.9% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc. The Jaguars allowed the Warhawks to shoot 38.3% from the field and loss the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin. Leading the way for South Alabama was Georgi Boyanov who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Jaguars have been led by Ken Williams (15.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Georgi Boyanov (11.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg), and Taishaun Johnson (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, South Alabama is averaging 68.9 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field and 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jaguars average 6.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.71. Defensively, South Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 42.2% shooting. The Jaguars average 3.8 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Ragin Cajuns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Jaguars are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Louisiana Lafayette has struggled a bit as of late losing 3 of their last 4 games but still have to be considered one of the favorites for the Sun Belt conference tournament as they have the best player in the conference in double-double machine, Shawn Long. South Alabama has played better as of late as they’ve won 3 of their last 5 games however, the Jaguars have struggled a bit on the offensive end this season as they rank just 269th in the country in scoring offense and 302nd in FG %. South Alabama has a 7-6 record at home with both some good wins (UT-Arlington) and some bad ones (Troy) however, they were able to give Louisiana Lafayette a decent game on the road earlier in the season and as they are holding teams to just 38.2% shooting over their last five games, I’m going to take the Jaguars and the points in this one. Take South Alabama and the points. 

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South Alabama Jaguars +8.5

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