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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/22/13

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-3) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (3-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: not listed

Instate rivals collide when the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs visit the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Louisiana Tech has generally been dominant with a few slip ups on the way to a solid 9-3 start. The Bulldogs offense has been very impressive and have easily out scored most opponents although the defense did their share as well in a 64-50 decision over McNeese State. The Bulldogs held a nine point lead after 20 minutes and stayed in front because the D limited the Cowboys to 33% shooting which made La Tech's 38% accuracy the winning number. Raheem Appleby led all scorers with 23 points with Michale Kyser adding 13 points and hauling in a monster 17 rebounds.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/22/13

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I keep saying Louisiana-Monroe has looked improved in 2013-14 but in actuality the truth might not be known untile conference play begins. Back to back defeats have dropped the Warhawks to 3-3 after a 75-62 loss at Mississippi. Neither end of the floor came up big with 38% shooting and 17 turnovers setting the tone offensively. The Rebels didn't set any records with their 40.7% accuracy but ten bombs and a 21-5 advantage at the charity stripe provided more then enough scoring. Amos Olatayo paced the UL Monroe attack with 17 points and six pulls on 7-16 from the field while Tylor Ongwae tossed in 12 points followed by a nine point, eleven rebound performance from Jayon James who also dealt out five helpers.

Louisiana Tech is supposed to be loaded but the line seems light which screams to stay away to me. We'll see just how loaded they are or maybe Monroe is actually better then advertised...

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