Louisiana Tech vs. Old Dominion - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Old Dominion Monarchs (18-5) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (15-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +2 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to the Thomas Assembly Center to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Old Dominion Monarchs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-5 (9-2 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, 68-63, this past Thursday. Old Dominion trailed by a 39-30 margin at halftime however, were outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 64-61 lead with 2:10 left in regulation. Old Dominion shot 48.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 14-8 margin. Leading the way for the Monarchs was B.J. Stith who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 72.8 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by B.J. Stith (14.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), Ahmad Caver (14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.1 spg), Trey Porter (12.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg), and Randy Hayes (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs improved to 15-10 (6-6 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 83-65, this past Thursday. Louisiana Tech dominated on the offensive end against the 49ers and never looked back after taking an early 18-2 lead to start the game. Louisiana Tech shot 51.7% from the field and 48.3% (14-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Oliver Powell who had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 77.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 38.5% 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 (14.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.5 apg), Jacobi Boykins (14.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Derric Jean (9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Monarchs are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Old Dominion has won 6 of their last 7 games and is one of the tougher teams to beat in the C-USA as the Monarchs have a defense that ranks 8th in scoring defense and, 32nd in defensive FG%, and 12th in turnover margin. Louisiana Tech has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 91st in scoring offense, 121st in FG%, and 45th in 3P-FG%. Old Dominion is a great team, however, the Monarchs haven’t been great ATS on the road as of late and as I think the Bulldogs and their balanced attack will give Old Dominion trouble, I’m taking Louisiana Tech to cover with the points.