Louisiana at Texas State
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)|
San Marcos, TX
Texas State Bobcats -6 -- Over/Under: 147
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Strahan Coliseum to take on the Texas State Bobcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-10 (7-6 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 76-64, this past Thursday night. Louisiana dominated the Mavericks on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 46-21 lead. Louisiana shot 41.4% from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 15-7 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Justin Miller who had a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assist, and a block.
On the season, Louisiana is averaging 82.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana has been led by JaKeenan Gant (20.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.9 bpg), Marcus Stroman (11.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2.1 spg), Jerekius Davis (10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg), and Justin Miller (9.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg).
Defensively, Louisiana is allowing their opponents to average 81.6 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Texas State Bobcats had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped o 21-6 (10-4 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UL-Monroe Warhawks, 63-60, this past Thursday. Texas State had no answers on the offensive end agianst the UL-Monroe defense and couldn’t fight back after the Warhawks took a 54-40 lead with 8:17 left in reregulation. Texas State shot just 32.8% from the field and 21.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Eric Terry who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Texas State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas State has been led by Nijal Pearson (18.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Tre’Larenz Nottingham (14.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Alex Peacock (8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 a ppg, 1.1 spg), and Jaylen Shead (7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Texas State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Louisiana has won 5 of their last 8 games and although their defense comes into this game ranked 345th in scoring defense, the Ragin’ Cajuns have an explosive offense that ranks 20th in scoring offense and 54th in three-pointers made per game.
Texas State has won 9 of their last 12 games and currently rank 123rd in scoring offense, 23rd in scoring defense, and 26th in defensive FG%.
Texas State has lost their last 5 games agianst the Ragin’s Cajuns, however, I think this year is going to be different as the Bobcats finally have a decent offense to go with their shutdown defense. Louisiana can put it up points, however, it’s going to be a challenge to do that on the road against the though Bobcats defense and as I think Nijal Perason and company will be able to put up plenty of points against the Louisiana defense, I’m taking Texas State to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!