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Georgia State vs. Louisiana - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (20-3) at Georgia State Panthers (18-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:15 pm (GSU Sports Arena)

The Line: Georgia State Panthers +3 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to GSU Sports Arena to take on the Georgia State Panthers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns won their 10th straight game and improved to 20-3 (10-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, 80-59, this past Saturday. Louisiana led by a 38-33 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 14-0 Ragin’ Cajuns run gave Louisiana a 59-38 lead with 12:41 left in regulation. Louisiana shot 54.7% from the field while holding Louisiana Monroe to 37.9% shooting from the field and 13.3% (2-15) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Frank Bartley IV who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Louisiana is averaging 83.6 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana has been led by Frank Bartley IV (16.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Jakeenan Gant (15.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), Bryce Washington (10.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg), and Malik Marquetti (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Louisiana is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a rebound margin of 7.4 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

Georgia State vs. Louisiana - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Georgia State Panthers won their 9th straight game and improved to 18-6 (9-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Little Rock Trojans, 81-51, this past Saturday. Georgia State dominated in all aspects of the game in this one and easily pulled away in the 2nd half after an 18-0 run to start the 2nd half gave the Panthers a 56-24 lead with 13:39 left in regulation. Georgia State shot 52.9% from the field and 53.6% (15-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Devin Mitchell who had 38 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Georgia State is averaging 73.1 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaing 9.1 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Georgia State has been led by D’Marcus Simonds (20.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.9 spg), Devin Mitchell (11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jeff Thomas (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Malik Benlevi (9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Georgia State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -3.9 and a turnover margin of 3.9.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win. The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in tier last 5 games following an ATS win.

Louisiana has been unstoppable in the Sun Belt play this season and come into this game ranked 22nd in scoring offense, 51st in FG%, and 77th in scoring defense. Georgia State has been playing some of their best basketball of the season and has been led by their defense that ranks 20th in scoring defense and 6th in defensive FG%. Georgia is 9-1 at home this season, however, between the fact that the Ragin’ Cajuns should have a huge advantage on the boards and have an offense that can score on anyone, I’m taking Louisiana to cover this small road spread. 

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