South Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (10-15) at South Alabama Jaguars (14-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Mitchell Center)
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars -9 -- Over/Under: 142
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (10-15, 5-9 CONF) and the South Alabama Jaguars (14-11, 7-7 CONF) will meet on Thursday, February 13th for a Sun Belt Conference matchup at the Mitchell Center in Mobile, AL. The game will be played at 8:00 PM eastern time.
Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off an 86-79 home loss to Georgia Southern in their last game. Despite the disappointing season, Louisiana-Lafayette is 3-2 in their last five overall. South Alabama is coming off a 70-66 road win over Troy in their last game. That win makes it back-to-back victories for South Alabama, who is currently right at .500 in Sun Belt play this season.
Louisiana-Lafayette owns a -3.5 scoring differential, which explains their five games under .500 record this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns score 71.0 points per game off 41.1% FG shooting. Louisiana-Lafayette also allows 74.5 points per game to the opposition, which puts their defense in the below-average category. Louisiana-Lafayette also earns 35.6 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game.
South Alabama boasts a +3.3 scoring differential, which is neccessary for their success. South Alabama scores 71.7 points per game, which is .7 more than Louisiana-Lafayette. The Jaguars allow only 68.4 points per game, which puts their defense a tad above average in terms of the conference. South Alabama also earns 32.9 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 7.5 steals per game.
Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-13-1 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. Louisiana-Lafayette is also 4-6 ATS on the road so far this season. South Alabama is 9-12-2 ATS this season and 6-3-1 ATS in their last ten games. South Alabama is also 3-7 ATS at home so far this season.
Louisiana-Lafayette has not impressed me by any stretch of the imagination, but they have not been abysmal. Nine points is a lot to lay with South Alabama, and I just do not think they can win by that many points. I will take Louisiana-Lafayette to cover, I think South Alabama will still win outright.