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UL Lafayette vs. South Alabama - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Alabama vs. UL Lafayette
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Lakefront Arena
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Line
The Line: UL Lafayette -2.5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The South Alabama Jaguars and UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns meet Thursday in the college basketball Sun Belt Tournament at the Lakefront Arena.

The South Alabama Jaguars enter this contest splitting their last 10 games. The South Alabama Jaguars are averaging 73.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Josh Ajayi is averaging 16.4 points and 1.5 assists while Trhae Mitchell is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds. Rodrick Sikes is the third double-digit scorer and Kory Holden is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The South Alabama Jaguars are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Alabama Jaguars are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The South Alabama Jaguars have split their last six non-home games.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns enter this contest winning six of their last eight games. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are averaging 82 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 80.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting. JaKeenan Gant is averaging 20.4 points and 8.5 rebounds while Malik Marquetti is averaging 15.1 points and 1.8 assists. Marcus Stroman is the third double-digit scorer and Jerekius Davis is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have split their last six non-home games.

The Jaguars are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 Thursday games, 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 vs. Sun Belt and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Ragin' Cajuns are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Sun Belt and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Ragin' Cajuns last 8 overall. The under is 14-6 in Jaguars last 20 neutral site games.

The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have won each of the last five meetings against South Alabama, including the meeting back in January when they dropped 88 points and shot 48.4 percent from the field. The South Alabama Jaguars have the offensive firepower to hang around in this game, but they're not nearly as consistent as the Ragin' Cajuns and tend to struggle with the pace. I'll lay the small chalk with UL Lafayette.

Pick:
UL Lafayette -2.5

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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