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Arkansas State vs. Louisiana - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisiana at Arkansas State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
First National Bank Arena
Jonesboro, Arkansas
The Line
The Line: Arkansas State +3 -- Over/Under: 158.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns and Arkansas State Red Wolves meet Saturday in college basketball action at the First National Bank Arena.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns look for another win after winning four of their last six games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 79.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 80.5 points on 47 percent shooting. JaKeenan Gant is averaging 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds while Malik Marquetti is averaging 15.1 points and 1.8 assists. Marcus Stroman is the third double-digit scorer and Jerekius Davis is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have lost four of their last six road games.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves also need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are averaging 72.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 78.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Ty Cockfield is averaging 22 points and 3.2 assists while Marquis Eaton is averaging 11.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Grantham Gillard is the third double-digit scorer and Tristin Walley is dishing 1.3 assists. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Arkansas State Red Wolves have won their last three home games.

The Ragin' Cajuns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Sun Belt, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Red Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Red Wolves last 4 overall. The under is 6-1 in Ragin' Cajuns last 7 overall.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves won the first meeting against Louisiana back in January, dropping 94 points and winning by 11 despite being 11.5-point underdogs. Arkansas State gets after it defensively at home where it holds teams under 41 percent shooting and has been in many tight games. The Red Wolves also have three key seniors, so you must factor in senior night for players such as Cockfield, who has played at a very high level lately. I like the value of the free bucket with Arkansas State at home.

Pick:
Arkansas State +3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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