Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-6) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (3-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Jack Stephens Center)
The Line: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and Little Rock Trojans meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Jack Stephens Center.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks could use a road win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are averaging 72.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Travis Munnings is averaging 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Sam McDaniel is averaging 15.2 points and 3.2 assists. Marvin Jean-Pierre is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Ertel is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks have lost six straight road games.
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The Little Rock Trojans need a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Little Rock Trojans are averaging 62.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Andre Jones is averaging 11.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while Anthony Black is averaging eight points and 1.8 assists. Ben Marcus is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and Jaizec Lottie is dishing 3.2 assists. The Little Rock Trojans are shooting 28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 60.5 percent from the free throw line. The Little Rock Trojans are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Little Rock Trojans have split their last six home games.
The Warhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-14 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trojans are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Sun Belt and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Little Rock, 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Little Rock Trojans have trouble scoring the basketball as it is, and now they're playing a Louisiana Monroe club that's top-50 in the country in points allowed. Both of these teams are probably better than their records, as they've stepped up in comp quite a bit this season, but the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks have shown more balance and have had more success in those games. I'll take the road team in this toss-up contest.