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Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas at Louisiana Tech
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thomas Assembly Center
Ruston, LA
The Line
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
http://conferenceusa.com/watch/
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The North Texas Mean Green will travel to the Thomas Assembly Center to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The North Texas Mean Green lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 20-7 (8-6 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the FIU Golden Panthers, 69-59, this past Saturday. North Texas struggled defensively in the 1st half agianst the high-scoring FIU offense and couldn’t fight back after the Mean Green went into halftime trailing by a 45-34 margin. North Texas allowed FIU to shoot 47.8% from the field and 44.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was DJ Draper who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, North Texas is averaging 71.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Mean Green are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Texas has been led by Umoja Gibson (12.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Ryan Woolridge (12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Roosevelt Smart (11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Michael Miller (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, North Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Mean Green have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-10 (7-7 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTSA Roadrunners, 72-67, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Louisiana Tech was able to pull away for the win late after a pair of Ra’Shawn Langston FT’s made it a two possession game for the Bulldogs with just :11 seconds left in regulation. Louisiana Tech held UTSA to just 42.0% shooting from the field and 17.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was DaQuan Bracey who had 23 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 73.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by DaQuan Bracey (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Anthony Duruji (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 bpg), Amorie Archibald (10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg), and JaColby Pemberton (9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, Louisiana Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

The Mean Green Eagles are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.

North Texas has lost 4 of their last 6 games and come into this game ranked 212th in scoring offense, 12th in scoring defense, and 28th in defensive FG%.

Louisiana Tech has lost 3 of their last 5 games and currently rank 170th in scoring offense, 201st in FG%, and 82nd in scoring defense.

North Texas hasn’t been playing their best basketball as of late, however, I like the depth that Mean Green have and believe that their solid defense will be able to give the Bulldogs some trouble. North Texas defeated Louisiana Tech by a 63-59 margin at home in early January and although the Mean Green might not snap their losing streak, I think the North Texas will keep it close enough to cover with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
North Texas Mean Green +3.5

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