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Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisiana-Monroe at Coastal Carolina
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The HTC Center
Conway, South Carolina
The Line
The Line: Coastal Carolina -2.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers meet Thursday in college basketball action at The HTC Center.

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are averaging 76.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Daishon Smith is averaging 20.7 points and 3.6 assists while Michael Ertel is averaging 15.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Travis Munnings is the third double-digit scorer and JD Williams is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks have lost each of their last four road games.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers could also use a win after splitting their last 16 games. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are averaging 74.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Zac Cuthbertson is averaging 18.5 points and 2.8 assists while Ajay Sanders is averaging 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. David Kralj is dishing 1.1 assists and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater is grabbing 1.7 rebounds. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are shooting 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have won five of their last seven home games.

The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Sun Belt and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Chanticleers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Chanticleers last 5 overall. The over is 7-3 in Warhawks last 10 overall. The under is 37-14 in Warhawks last 51 road games.

The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks are not only an impressive 12-6 ATS this season, but they've been covering machines in conference play and on the road. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 11-6 ATS this season and have covered 71 percent of their last 14 games overall. The difference in this contest should be the defense of Coastal Carolina, as it's the much better unit and is giving up just 66.6 points in its last five games on average. I need more than 2.5 points to get behind Louisiana Monroe on the road. I'll lay the bucket with the Chanticleers on their home court.

Pick:
Coastal Carolina -2.5

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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