Little Rock Trojans (6-4) at Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Cajun Dome)
The Line: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns +1.5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Little Rock Trojans and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns meet in college basketball action from the Cajundome on Saturday evening.
The Little Rock Trojans will look to bounce back after dropping the first half of their back-to-back with Louisiana by a final score of 66-64 on Friday. Nikola Maric leads the Trojans in scoring with 15.3 PPG while Markquis Nowell is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 15.1 PPG along with a team-high 8.3 APG and 4.3 RPG as well this season. Ruot Monyyong leads Little Rock on the glass with 9.7 RPG to go along with his 13.1 PPG this season and Ben Coupet Jr. has 10.3 PPG to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Little Rock heading into Saturday’s rematch. As a team, Little Rock is averaging 77.4 PPG on 51.4% shooting from the field, 37.4% from 3-point range and 71.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.8 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field and 31.6% from 3-point range this season.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns come into this one looking to sweep the back-to-back with Little Rock after Friday’s victory. Cedric Russell leads the Cajuns in scoring with 17 PPG while Mylik Wilson is 2nd in scoring and assists with 14.1 PPG and 3.1 APG this season. Theo Akwuba is 3rd in scoring and leads the team in rebounding, averaging a double-double per game with 10.9 PPG and 10.7 RPG while Dou Gueye has 10.1 PPG and 9.4 RPG to make up the scoring in double figures for the Cajuns heading into Saturday’s tilt with Little Rock. Brayan Au leads the Ragin’ Cajuns in the assist department with 3.3 APG this year as well. As a team, Louisiana is averaging 73.9 PPG on 43.2% shooting from the field, 27.7% from 3-point range and 70.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.9 PPG on 43.3% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season.
Little Rock is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. Louisiana is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I'm guessing whoever made this line is banking on the trend that the team who loses or doesn't cover in the first half of the back-to-back, bounces back and covers the second half. Well, if it's a trap, I'm biting. We're getting a free point with a team that's 7-1 SU at home this season against a Little Rock team that's dropped their lone pair of road games both SU and ATS. I don't even think we need the free point but I'll take it anyways and I'll back Louisiana here.