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Central Arkansas vs. SE Louisiana - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SE Louisiana vs. Central Arkansas
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Leonard E. Merrell Center
Katy, Texas
The Line
The Line: Central Arkansas +4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | SE Louisiana vs. Central Arkansas
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The SE Louisiana Lions and Central Arkansas Bears meet Thursday in the college basketball Southland Tournament at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.

The SE Louisiana Lions enter this tournament winning eight of their last 10 games. The SE Louisiana Lions are averaging 67.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Moses Greenwood is averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds while Marlain Veal is averaging 15.8 points and 4.4 assists. Von Julien is dishing 4.1 assists and Brandon Gonzalez is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The SE Louisiana Lions are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The SE Louisiana Lions are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The SE Louisiana Lions have won six of their last eight non-home games.

The Central Arkansas Bears look for another victory after smoking Texas A&M-CC on Wednesday. The Central Arkansas Bears are averaging 72.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. DeAndre Jones is averaging 12.5 points and five assists while Thatch Unruh is averaging 12.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Hayden Koval is the third double-digit scorer and Eddy Kayouloud is grabbing five rebounds. The Central Arkansas Bears are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Central Arkansas Bears are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Central Arkansas Bears have won their last three non-home games.

The Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 vs. Southland, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Lions last 8 overall. The under is 8-0 in Bears last 8 neutral site games.

The SE Louisiana Lions not only have the rest advantage and come into this game playing winning basketball, but they've been an automatic play given their consistency when it comes to covering numbers. With 20 covers in their last 28 conference games, it's hard to fade a team such as SE Louisiana. The Central Arkansas Bears have been up and down with their play all season long and were held to just 34 percent shooting against the Lions when these teams met back in February. Look for SE Louisiana to get the job done here, advancing to the next round of the Southland Tournament.

Pick:
SE Louisiana -4

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