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LSU vs. Louisiana - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (27-6) at LSU Tigers (17-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)

The Line: LSU Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

On Wednesday in NIT college basketball action from Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will be taking on the LSU Tigers. 

Louisiana enters this game with a 27-6 record overall. The Cajuns have lost two of their last three games, and dropped Saturday’s matchup versus UT Arlington. In that one, Louisiana guard Frank Bartley put up 19 points. 

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LSU vs. Louisiana - 3/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Bartley is the leading scorer for the Ragin’ Cajuns this year with 17.7 PPG, while JaKeenan Grant is second on 13.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG. Also in double-figures for Louisiana is Bryce Washington with 10.5 PPG and 10.6 RPG. 

Over on the LSU side, they’re currently 17-14 this year. The Tigers have lost three of their last four games, and dropped to Mississippi State on Thursday. In that game, LSU’s Tremont Waters put up 28 points. 

Waters is the top scorer on the Tigers squad with 16.0 PPG and 5.9 APG, while Duop Reath has 12.2 PPG and 5.2 RPG. Also in double-figures for LSU is Skylar Mays, who has 11.2 PPG and 4.1 RPG to his name. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games. Louisiana is also 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five versus the Southeastern. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games and 4-1 ATS in the last five non-conference games. LSU is also 1-3-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up loss. 

I thought for sure Louisiana would roll through the Sun Belt Tournament, but they were stopped short by a good UT Arlington team and have looked a little out-of-sorts lately. Once the shock from their conference tourney loss wears off however, I think Louisiana will dust themselves off and play well here. I’m going with the Cajuns.

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