Tulane Green Wave (2-2) at Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (2-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Hertz Arena)
The Line: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns -5 -- Over/Under: 154 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Tulane Green Wave and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will face off at Hertz Arena this Wednesday night in the consolation game of the Gulf Coast Classic
The Tulane Green Wave had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-2 on the young season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 67-55, last night in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Tulane struggled defensively agianst UC Irvine and couldn’t fight back after the Anteaters used an 13-1 run to take a 49-37 lead early in the 2nd half. Tulane allowed UC Irvine to shoot 42.9% from the field while the Green Wave shot just 33.9% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. The Green Wave was outrebounded by the Anteaters by a 46-37 margin and forced 11 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Green Wave was Caleb Daniels who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block.
Coming into their game against the Anteaters, Tulane was averaging 78.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Green Wave were averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 41.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tulane has been led by Samir Sehic (17.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Caleb Daniels (17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jordan Cornish (13.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Shakwon Barrett (7.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg).
Defensively, Tulane was allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 44.1% from the field. The Green Wave have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 77-64, last night in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Louisiana struggled on both end s of the court against the Rockets and couldn’t fight back after a 13-0 Toledo run gave the Rockets a 73-53 lead with 3:46 left in regulation. Louisiana shot just 36.1% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc while allowing Toledo to shoot 52.7% from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns were outrebounded by a 44-31 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 17-5 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was JaKeenan Gant who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a block.
Coming into their game against the Rockets, Louisiana was averaging 88.3 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns were averaging 11.8 three-pointers per game on 41.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana has been led by JaKeenan Gant (18.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.7 bpg), Justin Miller (15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg), Malik Marquetti (12.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Marcus Stroman (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, 3.3 spg).
Defensively, Louisiana was allowing their opponents to average 82.3 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns had a rebound margin of -4.8 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
THe Ragin' Cajuns are 5-1 ATS int hier last 6 games following a straight up loss and 6-2 ATS in thier last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in thier last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in thier last 5 games overall.
Tulane has some players led by Samir Sehic and Caleb Daniels, however, this is a team that really doesn’t have much star power and could be in for a long season if they don’t improve a defense that is currently ranked 280th in scoring defense, T-304th in steals per game, and 225th in defensive FG%. Louisiana struggled offensively against the Rockets, however, this is a decent team that should once again should be able to put up points on the board led by JaKeenan Gant. Louisiana had an off shooting night against Toledo, however, I think they’ll bounce back against what I believe is a less than average Tulane team. The line has yet to be released, however, I’m initially leaning towards taking the Ragin’ Cajuns as I think they’ll win this one by double-digits.
Update (10:08 AM) - This line is actually not as high as I expexted and I'm going to stick with my inital thoughts of taking the Ragin's Cajuns! Good Luck