Georgia State Panthers vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns - 3/16/14 Sun Belt Tournament Final
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (21-11) at Georgia State Panthers (25-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Lakefront Arena)
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The Georgia State Panthers and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will play Sunday for the Sun Belt title and an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers swept the season series.
The Ragin’ Cajuns beat Texas-Arlington and Western Kentucky to get to this point. On the season, they’re averaging 79.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 76 points on 44.8 percent shooting. They have three players averaging double-digit points and they shoot 37 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Sophomore forward Shawn Long is their best player, as he averages 19.2 points and 10.6 rebounds. They’ve scored at least 72 points in nine straight games and are 13-14 ATS overall.
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The Panthers only tournament win came on Saturday against Arkansas State, as they beat them down, 72-45. On the season, they’re averaging 77.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and are allowing 67.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Their best player in R.J. Hunter averages 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. The Panthers have allowed only two teams in their last eight games to score 70-plus points. They are 16-14 ATS overall this season.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 games following a SU win. The Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win.
Go ahead and back Louisiana-Lafayette and the points. It's a team that's playing extremely well and go won't go down queitly with Long leading the way. Seven points is simply too much in a championship game. Not to mention it's extremely tough to beat a team three times in one season.