Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Prediction, 2/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Location: Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, MS
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (20-4) are hitting the road to Reed Green Coliseum on Thursday where they will go up against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (21-4).
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns played Marshall and earned the victory with a final of 77-67 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Ragin' Cajuns ended up finishing with 10 while Marshall racked up 21 fouls. They made 7 of 20 shots from long range. Marshall walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the free throw line by converting 12 of their 16 tries. Furthermore, Marshall snagged 23 boards (8 offensive, 15 defensive), but didn't have a block. Marshall earned 11 dimes and had 10 steals in this contest. In reference to defending, Louisiana allowed their opponent to shoot 38.7% from the floor on 24 out of 62 shooting. They also distributed 17 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 11 steals. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 45 with 15 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Ragin' Cajuns made 15 of 26 attempts for a rate of 57.7%. Louisiana walked away from the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (29 out of 58) and converted 4 of their 12 shots from beyond the arc.
Jordan Brown is a guy who had an impact in this game. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 10 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and pulled down 20 rebounds. He went 52.6% from the floor and also earned 2 assists.
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Louisiana comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 20-4 so far this year. They are averaging 80.3 pts per game (24th in the country) while shooting 49.4% from the floor. The Ragin' Cajuns are connecting on 39.8% on shots from beyond the arc (182 of 457) and 68.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Louisiana is collecting 36.8 boards per game and has totaled 377 dimes so far this season, which is 42nd in the country in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.5 times per game and as a unit they commit 16.4 fouls per game.
Defensively, the Ragin' Cajuns are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They give up 34.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 208th in college hoops in PPG allowed (70.4). The Ragin' Cajuns are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.8% (617 of 1,408) and they relinquish 30.2 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 60th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 263 conceded so far this year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles walked away with a victory by a final of 79-71 against Georgia State. The Golden Eagles corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in the matchup. They coughed it up 7 times, while getting 7 steals for the contest. Georgia State committed 18 fouls in this contest which got the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of them for a clip of 68.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Southern Miss converted 6 out of their 19 tries (31.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Golden Eagles finished 28 for 59 from the floor which had them at 47.5%. The Golden Eagles permitted Georgia State to convert 24 of their 59 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.7% for this contest. They finished 55.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 10 out of 18 and ended up shooting 13 out of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). Regarding rebounds, Southern Miss allowed Georgia State to snag 33 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Felipe Haase ended up being important for the Golden Eagles in this matchup. He made 8 of 11 in this matchup for a rate of 72.7%, and had 5 rebounds. He earned 26 points in his 26 mins on the court and totaled 3 dimes in this matchup.
Southern Miss has a record of 21-4 on the season. The Golden Eagles are responsible for committing 16.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.1 times per game (60th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per game. Southern Miss has tallied 1,887 points this season (75.5 per game) and they pull in 37.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Golden Eagles are shooting 46.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 85th in D-1.
The Golden Eagles on the defensive side of the court are 37th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 63.7. They are able to force 15.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (39th in college basketball). The Southern Miss defense concedes 31.8% on shots from distance (171 of 538) and their opposition makes 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 12.4 dimes and 33.0 boards every game, ranking them 165th and 115th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Louisiana
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