Arkansas-Little Rock at Louisiana-Monroe: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Arkansas-Little Rock at Louisiana-Monroe: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (6-16) vs Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (10-12)

Game Info: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)

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The Little Rock Trojans will travel to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Little Rock Trojans will look to avoid a 2-game sweep at the hands of the UL Monroe Warhawks after the Trojans were defeated by the Warhawks by a 78-66 margin on Sunday night. Little Rock trailed by a 40-33 margin at halftime and could not fight back after the Warhawks took a 57-37 lead with 15:02 left in regulation. Little Rock shot 43.1% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc while UL Monroe shot 53.4% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc. Little Rock and UL Monroe each pulled down 30 rebounds while the Trojans lost the turnover battle by a 17-15 margin. Leading the way for the Trojans was Nikola Maric (24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) while the Warhawks were led by Russell Harrison (10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal).

Coming into their game against UL Monroe on Sunday, Little Rock was averaging 69.8 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Trojans were averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Little Rock had been led by Markquis Nowell (14.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.3 spg), Nikola Maric (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Ruot Monyyong (12.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 bpg), & Ben Coupet Jr. (10.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apg).

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Defensively, Little Rock was holding their opponents to an average of 68.8 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Trojans had a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

Coming into their game against Little Rock, UL Monroe was averaging 64.1 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Warhawks were averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UL Monroe had been led by Russell Harrison (13.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Koreem Ozier (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Josh Nicholas (8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Marco Morency (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, UL Monroe was allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Warhawks had a rebound margin of -7.5 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Trojans are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 Monday games and 5-16-1 ATS I their last 22 games overall. The Warhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Monday games.

Little Rock has struggled as of late, especially on the road, however, this is not a great UL Monroe team as the Warhawks currently rank just 307th in scoring offense, 272nd in FG%, & 326th in rebound margin. UL Monroe was able to pick up a victory on Sunday behind an uncharacteristic strong shooting performance and between the fact that I think the Little Rock defense has a better performance against the Warhawks in this one and that I think Little Rock is just the better overall team despite losing last night, I think the play here is to take Little Rock to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Little Rock Trojans -3.5

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