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Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTSA Roadrunners (8-7) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have some Conference USA college basketball action on tap Thursday night as the UTSA Roadrunners take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. 

The UTSA Roadrunners will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 72-71 loss to North Texas in their last outing for their first conference loss of the year. Keaton Wallace and Jhivvan Jackson tied for the team lead with 17 points, with Wallace shooting 7 of 13 with 3 triples, while Jackson shot 6 of 16 while adding 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Nick Allen added 11 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Roadrunners in the loss. Byron Frohnen added 8 points and 11 rebounds, while Giovanni De Nicolao dished out a team-high 3 assists in the losing effort. Jackson leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game, while Frohnen leads the team on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game and De Nicolao leads in assists with 3.7 helpers per game this season. As a team, UTSA is scoring 85.5 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season.

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Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be searching for their first conference win of the year after falling to 0-2 in C-USA play following back-to-back road losses, including a 78-65 setback at the hands of Marshall in their last outing. Jacobi Boykins led the team with 15 points and 4 assists, while Daquan Bracey and Derric Jean each chipped in 14 points, with Bracey shooting 4 of 11 from the floor, while Jean went 5 of 9 with 3 triples. Oliver Powell added 8 points while also leading the Bulldogs with 9 rebounds and 3 steals in the losing effort. Bracey leads the Bulldogs with an average of 15.7 points and 4.9 assists per game, while Boykins is the team’s top rebounder with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is scoring 79.7 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

UTSA is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-2-2 in their last 16 road games. Louisiana Tech is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. UTSA is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Louisiana Tech and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

UTSA burned me against North Texas but one loss won’t scare me away from the Roadrunners here. Louisiana Tech hasn’t looked great to open conference play and while UTSA blew a chance to start 2-0, the fact is that the Roadrunners have had much more consistent success ATS than the Bulldogs this season, and have had the upper hand in the matchup overall, so I’ll take the gift of the points with UTSA here.

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