Little Rock Trojans vs Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Little Rock Trojans vs Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Cajundome in Lafayette, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Little Rock (-4)
Cajundome is the site where and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (7-2) will play the Little Rock Trojans (6-3) on Friday. The line on this game has Little Rock as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 150.
Little Rock steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 6-3 this season. They average 78.9 pts per game (76th in the nation) while hitting 52.0% from the floor. The Trojans are connecting on 38.0% from downtown (57 of 150) and 72.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Little Rock is pulling down 35.1 boards per contest and has 148 dimes this season, which ranks 79th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 17.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Trojans are forcing 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. The Trojans are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.2% (234 of 529) and they surrender 29.7 boards per contest as a team. They are 186th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 113 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 31.9% on 3-pointers and they are 259th in D-1 in PPG allowed (73.6).
The Little Rock Trojans faced the UT Arlington Mavericks and took home the win by a score of 75-62 in their last contest. Little Rock wrapped up the game having earned a 56.1% field goal percentage (23 of 41) and converted 7 of their 14 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Trojans buried 22 of their 28 tries for a rate of 78.6%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned a total of 41 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists in this contest as well as getting 2 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to the defense, Little Rock allowed the other team to go 56.1% from the field on 23 of 41 shooting. UT Arlington totaled 9 dimes and had 8 steals for the game. On top of that, the Mavericks had 21 boards (9 offensive, 12 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. UT Arlington went 50.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 16 attempts. They also converted 12 out of their 33 attempts from distance.
Ben Coupet is one player who played a role for this contest. He left the arena with 26 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes played and also snagged 6 boards. Coupet ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Trojans was Ruot Monyyong. He snagged 15 boards and also earned 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 83.3% from the floor for this game by going 5-of-6 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Monyyong was on the court for 38 minutes.
Louisiana has a mark of 7-2 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Ragin' Cajuns are connecting on 43.4% from the field, which is ranked 227th in college basketball. Louisiana has 673 points on the year (74.8 per contest) and they collect 41.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 13.7 times per contest (168th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 17.7 times per contest. The Ragin' Cajuns commit 17.4 personal fouls per contest while shooting 70.9% from the charity stripe. The Ragin' Cajuns on the defensive end are ranked 243rd in college basketball in points given up per game with 72.8. The Louisiana defense allows 33.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (61 of 183) and their opponents are knocking down 70.5% of their free throw attempts. They give up 14.4 assists and 34.6 total boards per game, which ranks them 263rd and 151st in those defensive categories. They have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the field (196th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns took a defeat with a final score of 71-59 when they faced the Texas State Bobcats. The Ragin' Cajuns recorded 13 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 20 for the contest. They turned away 2 tries while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Bobcats earned 18 personal fouls for this contest which got the Ragin' Cajuns to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They were able to make 17 of those for a clip of 100.0%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Louisiana made 6 of their 21 tries (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Ragin' Cajuns ended up shooting 18 out of 52 from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.6%. The Ragin' Cajuns allowed the Bobcats to convert 27 of their 45 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 60.0% in this matchup. They shot 46.2% from beyond the arc by going 6 of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 14 from the free throw line (78.6%). In the matter of team rebounding, Louisiana permitted Texas State to snag 27 in total (5 offensive).
Mylik Wilson ended up being important for the Ragin' Cajuns for this contest. He buried 4 of 10 in this matchup for a rate of 40.0%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Wilson had 2 boards in his 37 minutes played and earned 3 dimes for this contest. Another guy that was important for Louisiana was Cedric Russell. He totaled 11 points in his 36 minutes on the court via 4 of 13 from the floor for the matchup. Russell wrapped this one up going 30.8% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Louisiana (+4) and over 150 points
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