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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. Georgia State Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

Georgia State Panthers (12-6) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (12-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Cajundome)

The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Georgia State takes its unblemished conference record on the road to face Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cajun Dome Thursday.

The Breakdown: The Panthers are in sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt at 5-0 and coming off a 99-73 drubbing of Arkansas-Little Rock Saturday that saw all five starters score in the double figures. Georgia State shot 53.1 percent from the field and hit 15 of 34 from outside the arc to the Trojans’ 46.3 percent and 2 of 11 from distance. The Panthers also forced a whopping 20 turnovers. Sophomore G R.J. Hunter had a game-high 25 points; senior F Manny Atkins scored 22 points to go along with 5 steals; junior F Curtis Washington posted 13 points and 6 rebounds; junior G Ryan Harrow had 12 points and 7 assists and senior G Devonta White added 11 points and 7 assists. On the season, Georgia State ranks 36th nationally with 79.2 ppg on a 40th-ranked 47.9 percent shooting. Hunter leads the team in scoring with 19.1 ppg, followed by Harrow at 17.8 ppg.

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. Georgia State Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

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Meanwhile, Louisiana-Lafayette sits in third place in the conference with a record of 3-2, including a 72-59 victory over Troy Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 26 of 48 from the field and 6 of 15 from downtown, while holding the Trojans to 41 percent from the floor and 5 of 17 from beyond the arc. LA-Lafayette also forced 14 turnovers. Sophomore F Shawn Long led all scorers with 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks and junior G Elfrid Payton added 14 points, 8 assists and 6 boards. On the season, the Ragin’  Cajuns rank 14th nationally with 83.6 ppg and 57th at 47.3 percent shooting. Long leads the team in scoring with 20.8 ppg, followed by Payton at 19.7 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: This game is currently set at a PK, which makes perfect sense. The two have had similar results: two common opponents to date in Troy and McNeese State . Both beat the Cowboys by exactly 26 and both beat the Trojans as well.  Georgia State beat Troy by 9 and the Ragin Cajuns beat em by 13. La-Lafayette is also averaging about 4 points a game more and they get the lean based on little more than home court.

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