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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Coastal Carolina - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fant-Ewing Coliseum
Monroe, LA
The Line
UL Monroe Warhawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 152
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Dropped to 13-14 (7-8 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 83-70, this past Thursday. Coastal Carolina fell behind by a 14-0 margin to start the game and never could fight back after the Ragin’ Cajuns went into halftime with a 39-24 lead. Coastal Carolina allowed Louisiana to shoot 54.0% from the field while the Chanticleers shot just 44.4% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Chanticleers was Devante Jones who had 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, Coastal Carolina is averaging 76.2 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Chanticleers are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Coastal Carolina has been led by Zac Cuthbertson (17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Devante Jones (12.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Ebrima Dibba (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Ajay Sanders (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Coastal Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Chanticleers have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The UL Monroe Warhawks improved to 15-12 (8-7 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 81-75, this past Thursday. UL Monroe was outstanding on the offensive end against the Mountaineers and pulled away later after taking a 76-68 lead with :35 seconds left in regulation. UL Monroe shot 51.0% from the field and 57.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Warhawks was Daishon Smith who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, UL Monroe is averaging 78.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Warhawks are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UL Monroe has been led by Daishon Smith (22.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.3 spg), Michael Ertel (15.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Travis Munnings (13.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), and JD Williams (12.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, UL Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 74.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Chanticleers are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Warhawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

Coastal Carolina has lost 5 of their last 6 games and currently rank 88th in scoring offense, 149th in FG%, and 202nd in scoring defense.

UL Monroe has won 4 of their last 6 games and although their defense ranks just 251st in scoring defense, the Warhawks have been solid offensively as they rank 58th in scoring offense, 24th in three-pointers made per game, and 13th in 3P-FG%.

UL Monroe lost by a 92-81 margin on the road agianst Coastal Carolina earlier this season, however, it’s hard to trust the Chanticleers on the road as of late as during their 4-game road losing streak, Coastal Carolina is losing by an average of 12.5 ppg. UL Monroe is an impressive 12-1 at home this season, while the Chanticleers are just 4-10 on the road and as I think the Warhawks will have success from beyond the arc agianst the Coastal Carolina defense to cover this mid-range home spread.

Pick:
UL Monroe Warhawks -6.5

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