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Old Dominion vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk, VA
The Line
Old Dominion Monarchs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 129
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Old Dominion Monarchs meet in C-USA conference college basketball action from the Constant Convocation Center on Thursday night.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-56 win over Middle Tennessee in their last outing. Anthony Duruji led the Bulldogs with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes while Amorie Archibald added 15 points and a team-high 7 assists. Mubarak Muhammad added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Ra’Shawn Langston added 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Louisiana Tech in the win. JaColby Pemberton had 8 points and DaQuan Bracey had 6 points with each adding 4 assists as well in the winning effort. Bracey leads Louisiana Tech with an average of 13.4 points and 4.1 assists per game while Oliver Powell leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 76.8 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

The Old Dominion Monarchs will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 75-74 win over FIU in their last outing. Ahmad Caver led the Monarchs with 22 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 4 threes while B.J. Stith added 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and 7 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for the Monarchs in the winning effort. Aaron Carver added 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists as well in the victory. Caver leads Old Dominion with an average of 18 points and 5.3 assists per game while Stith leads the Monarchs in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Old Dominion is averaging 67.5 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 66.3% from the foul line this season. The Monarchs are also tough on defense, allowing just 60.3 point per game this season, the 7th-fewest points allowed per game this season.

Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games while the under is 20-7 in their last 27 conference games. Old Dominion is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games following a win. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The road team has had a lot of success in the brief history between these two teams, covering in each of the last 5 meetings. Old Dominion should probably be the favorite here considering that they’re outscoring teams by 12.9 points per game at home and holding opponents to just 57.1 points per game on their home floor this season. However, Louisiana Tech is outscoring teams by 1.4 points per game on the road this year, and while this game could go either way, I think that it comes down to the final couple of possessions, so I’ll take a shot with Louisiana Tech and the points here.

Pick:
Louisiana Tech +6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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