Troy vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (10-16) at Troy Trojans (9-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Trojan Arena)
The Line: Troy Trojans 0 -- Over/Under: 144.5
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Trojan Arena to take on the Troy Trojans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-16 (5-10 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the South Alabama Jaguars, 78-75, this past Thursday night. Louisiana held a 66-61 lead with just 3:49 left in regulation, however, the Ragin’s Cajuns struggled defensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after a 4-point play by the Jaguars Andre Fox gave South Alabama a 73-71 lead with just :26 seconds left in regulation. Louisiana shot 41.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Cedric Russell who had 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Louisiana is averaging 71.2 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Ragin’s Cajuns are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Louisiana has been led by Jalen Johnson (15.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Cedric Russell (13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Mylik Wilson (11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.4 spg).
Defensively, Louisiana is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Troy Trojans dropped their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-17 (5-10 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, 74-71, this past Thursday. Troy came out flight against a Louisiana-Monroe team that has lost 10 straight and although Trojans fought back late, Troy couldn’t overcome a 34-19 halftime deficit. Troy allowed Louisiana-Monroe to shoot 49.0% from the field while the Trojans shot just 37.7% from the field and 32.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Trojans was Nick Stampley who had a double-double with 12 points & 10 rebounds.
On the season, Troy is averaging 69.5 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Troy has been led by Darian Adams (12.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 apg), Ty Gordon (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Desmond Williams (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Troy is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Trojans. The Trojans are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games and just 10-14-1 ATS on the season.
Louisiana comes into this game ranked 178th in scoring offense, 301st in FG%, and 300th in scoring defense.
Troy has struggled on both ends of the court as the Trojans currently rank just 230th in scoring offense, 330th in FG%, and 260th in scoring defense.
Louisiana comes into this game with just a 2-9 record on the road however, Troy has really struggled as of late, losing 7 of their last 9 games and currently sit with just a 5-6 record at home this season. Louisiana’s defense is a major worry, however, as I think they’ll find some success against a poor shooting Troy team, I think the Ragin’s Cajuns do enough to pick up a road victory here and win this pick-em. Good Luck!