Texas State Bobcats (6-3) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Cajun Dome)
The Line: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns -3 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas State Bobcats and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns meet Saturday in college basketball action from the Cajundome.
Texas State enters this one at 6-4 overall. As for Louisiana, they’re sitting at 7-1 on the season. This will be a rematch of Friday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, Louisiana got a six-point overtime win. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Texas State opened up the year with wins over Mary Hardin-Baylor and Texas A&M-CC, then lost to Mississippi State before beating Incarnate Word. The Bobcats then lost to Texas and Our Lady of the Lake before winning their next three over Texas A&M-CC, Denver and Northern Arizona.
In Friday’s game, Texas State held on to a slim 36-33 lead at halftime, but the Cajuns ended up tying it to force overtime. The Bobcats fell flat in the extra period and were outscored 11-5 for an eventual 83-77 loss.
Over on the Louisiana side, they opened the season with a 112-82 loss to Baylor, but then went on a nice winning streak. The Cajuns took out New Orleans, LSU Shreveport, LSU-Alexandria, LA Tech, New Orleans and McNeese State in their next six matchups.
The Cajuns are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record and 2-3-1 ATS in their last six overall. The under is 4-1 in the Cajuns’ last five home games and 4-1 in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games and the over is 4-0 in their last four Saturday games. Texas State is 0-5 ATS in their last five road games and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Louisiana in this one. Texas State has been fairly inconsistent this season when it comes to putting up points, with 58 or fewer in each installment of a three-game stretch last month. Louisiana has had some close escapes themselves, but for the most part they’re controlling games well. Friday’s game was a tense one and the Cajuns had to work to get it, but I think they’re still in good shape here.