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Louisiana Tech vs. Charlotte - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte 49ers (5-16) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (14-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: BEIN Sports

The Charlotte 49ers will travel to the Thomas Assembly Center to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Charlotte 49ers lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 5-16 (1-9 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders this past Saturday. Charlotte gave Middle Tennessee more of a battle than expected, however, couldn’t pull off the upset after the Blue Raiders pulled away after a Tyrik Dixon three-pointer gave Middle Tennessee a 76-70 lead with 1:10 left in regulation. Charlotte shot 53.1% from the field however, was outrebounded by the Blue Raiders by a 37-21 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the 49ers was Jon Davis who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Charlotte is averaging 70.2 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charlotte has been led by Jon Davis (15.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Andrien White (14.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Najee Garvin (8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg), and Austin Ajukwa (7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The 49ers have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

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Louisiana Tech vs. Charlotte - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-10 (5-6 C-USA) on the season after being defeating the FIU Golden Panthers, 71-68, this past Saturday. Louisiana Tech held a late 68-65 lead with just 10 seconds left however, allowed FIU’s Brian Beard Jr. to hit two three-pointers in the final 3 seconds of regulation for FIU to pull out the dramatic victory. Louisiana Tech shot 43.9% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Amorie Archibald who had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 77.0 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by Jalen Harris (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), DaQuan Bracey (14.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Jacobi Boykins (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Derric Jean (9.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The 49ers are 8-23 ATS in their last 31 road games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 however, are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Charlotte has struggled on both ends of the ball this season, ranking just 270th in scoring offense and 285th in scoring defense, however, the 49ers played better in their recent 3-game home stretch as they lost to three of the top teams in the C-USA(Old Dominion, UAB, MTSU) by just an average of 6.4 ppg. Louisiana Tech has had an up and down season, however, the Bulldogs are a balanced team that has been led by their offense that ranks 102nd scoring offense, 130th in FG%, and 58th in 3P-FG%. Charlotte is just 2-8 on the road this season, however, I was impressed how the 49ers shot over 50% against a very good Middle Tennessee defense and as I just think this is too many points, I’m taking Charlotte in this one. Take Charlotte and the points. 

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