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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia Southern - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Southern Eagles (14-14) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (17-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Georgia Southern Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 14-14 (10-8 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 88-63, this past Thursday. Georgia Southern had little trouble in this one and was able to cruise for victory after getting up by 29-points at halftime. Georgia Southern shot 51.5% from the field and 61.5% (16-26) from beyond the arc. The Eagles held the Mountaineers to 29.0% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-8 margin. Leading the way for Georgia Southern was Tookie Brown who had 18 points, 7 assists, 2 steals, and a rebound. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Tookie Brown (17.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Mike Hughes (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.1 spg), and Ike Smith (11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Georgia Southern is averaging 76.4 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field and 33.6% from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Georgia Southern is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 3.8.

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia Southern - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks won their 7th straight game and improved to 17-12 (13-5 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 66-51, this past Saturday. Louisiana-Monroe was up by a 32-24 margin at halftime and used a 19-11 run in the 2nd half to help secure the victory. Louisiana-Monroe shot 44.8% from the field and outrebounded Troy by a 41-37 margin. The Warhawks held the Trojans to 29.1% from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Louisiana-Monroe was Majok Deng who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (18.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 bpg), Justin Roberson (13.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg), and Nick Coppola (11.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.1 apg). Offensively, Louisiana-Monroe is averaging 72.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks average 6.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Louisiana-Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 40.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of -2.8.

The Eagles are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games following three or more consecutive home games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Georgia Southern has play well as of late winning 7 of their last 9 games and has been solid on the defensive end as over their past five games they are holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg. Louisiana-Monroe has been outstanding during their current win streak which included a win over Arkansas-Little Rock, and has been solid on the defensive end on the season ranking 55th in the country in defensive FG%. Georgia Southern has had trouble defensively on the road throughout the season however, the Eagles were able to defeat Louisiana-Monroe by a 66-51 margin earlier in the season, and as Georgia Southern is playing better defensively as of late, I think they can keep this one within the number. 

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