Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (10-3) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (3-10)
College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Jack Stephens Center)
The Line: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at Jack Stephens Center on Friday night, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns will be meeting up with the Little Rock Trojans on the college basketball court.
Louisiana enters this one with a 10-3 record so far. The Cajuns had a nice seven-game win streak going but fall in their last outing to Clemson. In that Tigers game, Louisiana guard Marcus Stroman led the way on 16 points.
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Tops in scoring for the Ragin’ Cajuns this year is JaKeenan Gant with 16.0 PPG and 7.2 RPG. Also in double-figures for Louisiana-Lafayette are Frank Bartley (15.3 PPG) and Jonathan Stove (10.1 PPG).
Over on the Little Rock side, they’re currently 3-10 on the year. The Trojans stopped a four-game losing streak against University of the Ozarks but fell to Mississippi State their last time out. In that one, Little Rock’s lead scorer was Damir Hadzic with just nine points.
Andre Jones is the leading scorer for Little Rock right now, with 11.3 PPG and 4.6 RPG to his name. Ryan Pippins is also averaging in double-figures at 10.5 PPG (but has only played two games) and Oliver Black leads the Trojans in rebounding with 7.8 RPG.
UL Lafayette is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the Sun Belt and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. The Cajuns are also 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four Friday games.
Meanwhile, Little Rock is 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight versus the Sun Belt. The Trojans are also 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight following an ATS win.
Louisiana looked pretty good there for a while, but their easy competition stopped when they ran into the brick wall of Clemson. All of the Cajuns losses have come by at least nine points and two of them have come by at least 18 points. Still, I don’t see Little Rock giving them much of a fight. I’ll take the Cajuns.