Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (11-16) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (8-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

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The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-16 (6-10 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Troy Trojans, 81-77, this past Saturday night. Louisiana led by a 36-27 margin at halftime and was able to hold off a late Troy charge to secure the win. Louisiana shot 41.5% from the field and 33.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Jalen Johnson who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

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On the season, Louisiana is averaging 71.5 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ 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 (15.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Cedrick Russell (13.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Mylik Wilson (11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.3 spg).

Defensively, Louisiana is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The UL Monroe Warhawks improved to 8-18 (4-13 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 66-52, this past Wednesday night. UL Monroe was outstanding defensively agianst the Red Wolves and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 55-33 lead with 12:35 left in regulation. UL Monroe shot 48.1% from the field while holding Arkansas State to just 37.0% shooting from the field and 16.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Warhawks Tyree White who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, UL Monroe is averaging 62.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Warhawks are averaging 6.1 three-points per game. Offensively, UL Monroe has been led by Michael Ertel (16.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg), JD Williams (14.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Tyree White (9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg).

Defensively, UL Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 66.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are just 10-13-1 ATS on the season.

Louisiana comes into this game ranked 163rd in scoring offense, 300th in scoring defense, and 259th in defensive FG%.

UL Monroe has been led by their defense which ranks 109th in scoring defense and 113th in defensive FG%, however, the Warhawks offense has struggled and currently ranks just 335th in scoring offense.

UL Monroe has a decent defense, however, the Warhawks have really struggled as of late, coming into this game losing 11 of their last 13 games including an 81-60 defeat at Louisiana. The Ragin’s Cajuns have been competitive on the road as of late (2-2) and as I think their fast-paced offense will be able to put some points up on the Warhawks defense, I’m taking Ragin’ Cajuns in this Pick-Em.

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Brett’s Pick Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns - Pick-Em

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