Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Coastal Carolina - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-15) at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (12-18)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Cajun Dome)
The Line: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns -2 -- Over/Under: 159.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-15, 8-11 SB) travel to Lafayette, LA to face the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (12-18, 7-12 SB) at the Cajundome. The last time these teams met on February 28, 2019, Coastal Carolina defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 83-70 as 4 ½-point home favorites.
Coastal Carolina is 4-6 both straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games. Coastal Carolina has gone 4-5 both straight up and against the spread in conference road games this season as well. In road games, Coastal Carolina puts up 78.8 points per game and surrenders 80.6 points per game to opponents. Coastal Carolina has shot 43.8% from the field, 33.7% from 3 and 69.4% from the free-throw line in road games this season.
Coastal Carolina has lost 3 of its last 5 games, but won its last game 84-77 over Appalachian State as 4-point road underdogs. Coastal Carolina is ranked 189th by KenPom, with the 147th ranked offense and 249th ranked defense in the country. Coastal Carolina is led by Sophomore guard DeVante Jones, who averages 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, and Tommy Burton, who averages 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Louisiana-Lafayette has gone 5-5 in their last 10 games and is 6-4 against the spread in that stretch. Louisiana-Lafayette has gone just 4-5 in conference home games this season and 3-5-1 against the spread in those games. Louisiana-Lafayette averages 76.2 points per game and gives up 72.9 points per game at home this season, and shoots 43.4% from the field, 33.9% from 3 and an efficient 79.2% from the free-throw line in those games.
Louisiana-Lafayette has lost 4 of its last 6 games and was defeated 69-91 by Arkansas-Little Rock as 9-point road underdogs in their last game. Louisiana-Lafayette is ranked 224th by KenPom, with the 212th ranked offense and 232nd ranked defense. Louisiana-Lafayette is led by Junior Justin Jaworski, who averages 17.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and Myles Cherry, who averages 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Louisiana Lafayette is 4-1 both straight up and against the spread in their previous 5 games against Coastal Carolina, and the under is 4-1 in those games. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 games for Louisiana-Lafayette and 6-4 in the last 10 games for Coastal Carolina.
Neither of these teams has had a season to remember, but I’ll take the home team to cover the spread and win on Senior Night, which is usually a good strategy this time of year in college basketball.