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Louisiana vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Little Rock Trojans and UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cajundome.

The Little Rock Trojans could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Little Rock Trojans are averaging 78.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Rayjon Tucker is averaging 20.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while Markquis Nowell is averaging 11.8 points and 4.4 assists. Nikola Maric is the third double-digit scorer and Kris Bankston is grabbing five rebounds. The Little Rock Trojans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 61.6 percent from the free throw line. The Little Rock Trojans are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Little Rock Trojans have lost their last six road games.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 79.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 78.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. JaKeenan Gant is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 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 7.3 rebounds. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won four of their last six home games.

The Trojans are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Sun Belt. The Ragin' Cajuns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trojans are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in UL Lafayette and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Ragin' Cajuns last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 overall.

This is a crazy high total for a college basketball game, but for good reason as neither of these clubs play much defense. On the road, Little Rock is allowing 48 percent shooting and 88.3 points. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 88.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting while allowing 86.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting at home. This is sure to be a fast, high scoring game. Instead of playing with the chalk, I'm going to take my chances on this number being topped. 

Pick:
Over 161.5

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