Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (11-3) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Convocation Center-AR)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Headed our way on Sunday from ASU Convocation Center, we’ve got college basketball activity between the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
UL-Lafayette enters this game at a solid 11-3 on the season. After the Cajuns’ latest loss versus Clemson, they bounced back with a win over Little Rock. In that last one, UL-Lafayette’s JaKeenan Gant led the way on 20 points.
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Gant is the top scorer for the Cajuns so far this year with 16.3 PPG and 7.4 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for UL-Lafayette are Frank Barley (15.4 PPG) and Bryce Washington (10.2 PPG; 10.3 RPG).
Over on the Arkansas State side, they’re sitting at 6-8 this year. The Red Wolves have won their last two games versus Culver-Stockton and UL Monroe. In that latest game, Arkansas State’s Grantham Gillard posted 19 points.
Heading up the scoring for the Red Wolves this year is Deven Simms with 16.7 PPG and 5.9 RPG. Ty Cockfield is also in double-digits for Arkansas State (14.6 PPG) and Tamas Bruce is very close on 9.9 PPG.
UL Lafayette is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Sun Belt. The Cajuns are also 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games following an ATS win and the under is 5-1 in their last six overall.
Meanwhile, Arkansas State is 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games. The under is 6-0 in the Red Wolves’ last six Sunday games and the over is 4-1 in their last five versus the Sun Belt.
Louisiana-Lafayette has come out strong this year, thanks to a very solid top end of scorers. The Cajuns have had a couple of close calls here and there but overall are pretty dominant in their wins. I can’t think of a whole lot of reasons not to trust the Cajuns to cover here.