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Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Arkansas State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-7) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (9-4)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -12 -- Over/Under: 152.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Arkansas State Red Wolves and UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Cajundome.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are averaging 71.2 points on 38.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Ty Cockfield is averaging 20.7 points and 3.5 assists while Marquis Eaton is averaging 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Grantham Gillard is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Canberk Kus is dishing 1.6 assists. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Arkansas State Red Wolves have lost all five road games this season.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 78.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. JaKeenan Gant is averaging 16.3 points and 7.6 rebounds while Malik Marquetti is averaging 15.1 points and 1.8 assists. Marcus Stroman is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Miller is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won four of their last five home games.

The Red Wolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Sun Belt and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Red Wolves are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 11-5 in Ragin' Cajuns last 16 home games. The under is 4-0 in Red Wolves last 4 overall.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves have lost all five road games this season and are shooting 37.3 percent from the field while being outscored by 20.6 points in those games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 50.3 percent from the field at home this season and have been a nice covering team in conference play dating back to last season. There's much better options on Thursday's card, but laying the points with the Ragin' Cajuns is likely the pick here based on how bad the Red Wolves have been on the road.

Pick:
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns -12

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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