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Louisiana vs. Troy - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Troy at Louisiana
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cajundome
Lafayette, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: Louisiana -5.5 -- Over/Under: 159
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Troy Trojans and UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cajundome.

The Troy Trojans look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Troy Trojans are averaging 76.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Jordon Varnado is averaging 20.6 points and 2.5 assists while Alex Hicks is averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. B.J. Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Javan Johnson is dishing 1.7 assists. The Troy Trojans are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost five of their last eight road games.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 83.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 80.3 points on 45.5 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 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won six of their last eight home games.

The Trojans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Sun Belt and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trojans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in UL Lafayette and 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Ragin' Cajuns last 4 overall. The under is 14-4-1 in Trojans last 19 Saturday games.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Troy Trojans and have covered seven of those games. The Troy Trojans have covered five road games this season, but they have had issues defensively, and they're allowing nearly 80 points on 47.1 percent shooting in their last five games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are an offensive machine that's shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three at home this season. This is a matchup Troy probably isn't going to have much success, especially on the road. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Ragin' Cajuns.

Pick:
Louisiana -5.5

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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