Louisiana-Monroe vs. Appalachian State - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Appalachian State - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Appalachian State Mountaineers (16-14) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (9-19)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +2 -- Over/Under: 128

TV: ESPN+

The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action from Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will try to finish the season strong, sitting at 10-9 in conference play after an 84-77 loss to Coastal Carolina last time out. Justin Forrest leads App State in scoring and assists with 17.7 PPG and 3 APG while O’Showen Williams is 2nd with 13 PPG and Isaac Johnson has 10.9 PPG and a team-high 7.7 RPG this season. As a team, Appalachian State is averaging 68.6 points on 43.1% shooting from the field, 31% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.2 points on 42.7% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season. Appalachian State is 6-8 straight up and 9-4-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will try to break free from the basement of the Sun Belt, sitting at 5-14 in conference play after a 79-63 loss to Little Rock last time out. Michael Ertel leads ULM in scoring and assists with 16.4 PPG and 2.9 APG while JD Williams has 14.1 PPG and Tyree White has 10.4 PPG and a team-high 5.6 RPG this season. As a team, Louisiana-Monroe is averaging 63.4 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 34% from 3-point range and 67.8% from the foul line while allowing opposition to average 67.7 points on 41.7% shooting from the field and 31.7% from 3-point range this season. Louisiana-Monroe is 7-7 straight up and 6-8 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

A home dog can be tempting on most nights, but the Warhawks just haven’t been good this season and a win here may only build a bit of confidence and maybe get away from the bottom of the Sun Belt conference. App State can catch Georgia State with a bit of help and the Mountaineers have just been playing the better basketball for much of the season. I’ll lay the bucket with Appalachian State on the road here.

Chris’s Pick Appalachian State -2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.