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Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-5) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-8)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Convocation Center-AR)

The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -4.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and the Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action on Friday.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will look to build on their current 3 game winning streak following a 74-51 win over subdivision Centenary in their last outing. Travis Munnings led the team with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a team-high 13 rebounds and 3 assists for the double-double. Sam McDaniel came 2nd with 17 points while Marvin Jean-Pierre added 12 points and a team-leading 4 assists. Michael Ertel added 11 points and Brandon Newman added 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Warhawks in the win. Munnings leads the team with an average of 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while Jordon Harris is the team’s top assist man with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, ULM is scoring 73.2 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 38.3% from the 3-point line and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

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Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arkansas State Red Wolves will try to find some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games, including a 99-68 win over subdivision Culver-Stockton last time out. Tamas Bruce led the team with 16 points and a pair of steals. Rashad Lindsey came 2nd with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 triples, while Marquis Eaton added 14 points. Connor Kern added 3 triples as part of his 12-point night, while Grantham Gillard added 11 points while Ty Cockfield and Andrew Riley each scored 10 points in 9 minutes to round out the scoring in double figures for Arkansas State in the win. Deven Simms added 4 steals and a team-high 6 assists in the winning effort for Arkansas State. Simms leads the team with an average of 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while Lindsey is the team’s leading assist man with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas State is scoring 75.8 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 72.9% from the foul line this season.

Louisiana-Monroe is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the under is 22-9 in their last 31 road games. Arkansas State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 home games. Louisiana-Monroe is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams. 

Louisiana-Monroe comes into this one in much better form, but I can’t install any faith in the Warhawks after beating back-to-back subdivision teams and narrowly edging out a below average Grambling State team. Arkansas State is better than their record shows as the Red Wolves have been able to hang around with Wichita State as a 29-point underdog and Omaha, while also pulling off the win against FAU. Plus, the Red Wolves have had ULM’s number when it comes to the spread as of late, so I’ll lay the points with Arkansas State here. 

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