Arkansas State Red Wolves (3-4) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-5)
College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arkansas State Red Wolves and UL Monroe Warhawks meet Friday in college basketball action at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves look for a win to get back to a .500 record. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are averaging 75.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Norchad Omier is averaging 13.8 points and 11.5 rebounds while Caleb Fields is averaging 12.7 points and 2.6 assists. Marquis Eaton is the third double-digit scorer and Keyon Wesley is dishing 0.7 assists. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are allowing 26 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game.
The UL Monroe Warhawks need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The UL Monroe Warhawks are averaging 63.6 points on 39.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Russell Harrison is averaging 13 points and two assists while Koreem Ozier is averaging 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. Marco Morency is dishing 1.1 assists and Thomas Howell is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UL Monroe Warhawks are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free throw line. The UL Monroe Warhawks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.
The Red Wolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Red Wolves last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Warhawks last 5 overall. The over is 43-17-1 in Warhawks last 61 home games.
Neither of these teams are playing great basketball up to this point, but the UL Monroe Warhawks have shown us a bit more against steeper competition and will have the best player on the court for this contest. In a battle that could very well be decided in the final five minutes, I'll lean toward UL Monroe and lay the bucket.