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Louisiana vs. South Alabama - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Alabama at Louisiana
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cajundome
Lafayette, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: Louisiana -9.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The South Alabama Jaguars and UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Cajundome.

The South Alabama Jaguars need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The South Alabama Jaguars are averaging 70.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Josh Ajayi is averaging 15.6 points and 1.5 assists while Rodrick Sikes is averaging 13.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. Kory Holden is the third double-digit scorer and Trhae Mitchell is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The South Alabama Jaguars are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent from the free throw line. The South Alabama Jaguars are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The South Alabama Jaguars have lost all six road games this season.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 80.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 79.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. JaKeenan Gant is averaging 20.5 points and 8.3 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 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won five of their last seven home games.

The Jaguars are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Sun Belt and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Jaguars are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Ragin' Cajuns last 6 overall. The over is 6-2 in Jaguars last 8 overall.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won the last four games against the South Alabama Jaguars, and those wins have come by an average of 21 points. The South Alabama Jaguars have lost all six road games this season, and they're allowing 51.2 percent shooting in those games while losing by an average of 16.7 points. The Ragin' Cajuns haven't been the most consistent team in the world and the lack of defense makes me question if they can cover a number this big. However, the recent meetings between these teams and how poor South Alabama has been on the road, suggests that this should be a comfortable home victory for Louisiana. 

Pick:
Louisiana -9.5

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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