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Louisiana-Monroe vs. South Alabama - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Alabama at Louisiana-Monroe
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fant-Ewing Arena
Monroe, LA
The Line
UL Monroe Warhawks -9 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The South Alabama Jaguars will travel to Fant-Ewing Arena to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The South Alabama Jaguars lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 9-11 (2-5 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 88-84, this past Thursday night. In a tight, back and forth game throughout, South Alabama allowed Louisiana to pull away later after a 6-0 Ragin’ Cajuns run gave Louisiana an 83-77 lead with 1:33 left in regulation. South Alabama shot 50.0% form the field, however, allowed Louisiana to shoot 48.3% from the field & 44.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Trhae Mitchell who had a double-double with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, South Alabama is averaging 73.7 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Alabama has been led by Josh Ajayi (16.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), Trhae Mitchell (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Kory Holden (13.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Rodrick Sikes (13.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

Defensively, South Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 72.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The UL Monroe Warhawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-7 (4-2 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 75-69, this past Thursday night. UL Monroe was solid on the offensive end against the Trojans, and was able to hang on late for the victory after taking a 62-55 lead with 5:53 left in regulation. UL Monroe shot 43.5% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 13-7 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Warhawks was Travis Munnings who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist.

On the season, UL Monroe is averaging 77.4 ppg on 44.0% 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 (20.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.1 spg), Michael Ertel (15.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg), Travis Munnings (13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.6 apg), and JD Williams (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, UL Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Jaguars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Warhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

South Alabama has lost 6 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 173rd in scoring offense, 93rd in three-pointers made per game, and T-210th in scoring defense. UL Monroe has been solid on the offensive end as they rank 85th in scoring offense & 91st in FG%, however, their defense can give up some points as they rank just 185th in scoring defense & 196th in defensive FG%.

South Alabama has yet to win a game on the road this season while the Warhawks come into this game a perfect 7-0 at home and as I expect UL Monroe to be able to put up plenty of points agianst the Jaguars defense, I’m taking the Warhawks to cover this large home spread.

Pick:
UL Monroe Warhawks -9

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