Troy Trojans vs Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Prediction, 1/26/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Troy Trojans vs Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Location: Cajundome in Lafayette, LA
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (16-4) will try to defeat the Troy Trojans (13-8) at Cajundome on Thursday.
The Troy Trojans stepped onto the hardwood against UL Monroe and walked away with a win by a score of 77-53 in their last contest. Regarding fouls, the Trojans left the arena with 17 while UL Monroe finished the game with 15 fouls. They also made 9 of their 22 tries from long range. UL Monroe finished shooting 71.4% from the charity stripe by burying 10 of their 14 tries. Moreover, UL Monroe totaled 23 rebounds (8 offensive, 15 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. UL Monroe recorded 10 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Regarding the defense, Troy allowed the other team to go 31.5% from the floor on 17 out of 54 shooting. They also distributed 14 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In reference to pulling down boards, they compiled 32 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Trojans buried 14 of 17 attempts for a rate of 82.4%. Troy finished the contest having earned a 53.2% field goal percentage (25 out of 47) and buried 13 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Aamer Muhammad is one guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He racked up 20 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 25 mins played and also grabbed 3 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor and earned 4 dimes.
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Troy comes into this one with a record of 13-8 on the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Troy is snagging 35.0 rebounds per game and has 305 assists on the campaign, which ranks 73rd in the country in terms of passing. The Trojans are hitting 32.4% from downtown (171 of 528) and 71.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.6 points per outing (125th in college hoops) while connecting on 44.4% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Trojans have forced 16.9 turnovers every game while drawing 17.6 fouls. They concede 30.7% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 64th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (64.7). The Trojans defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.0% (463 of 1,128) and they surrender 34.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 64th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 220 relinquished for the year.
In their last game, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns walked away with a victory by a final of 60-51 against Texas State. In regard to rebounds, Louisiana allowed Texas State to pull down 30 overall (8 on the offensive side). They went 20.0% from three-point range by shooting 1 out of 5 and ended up going 16 out of 22 at the free throw line (72.7%). The Ragin' Cajuns allowed Texas State to bury 17 out of 44 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.6% in this matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Ragin' Cajuns finished the game shooting 20 for 47 from the field which had them sitting at 42.6%. Regarding shots from downtown, Louisiana buried 3 of 12 attempts (25.0%). They were able to bury 17 of the free throws for a rate of 48.6%. Texas State committed 21 fouls in this game which got the Ragin' Cajuns to the charity stripe for a total of 35 tries. They turned it over 7 times, while getting 8 steals for the matchup. The Ragin' Cajuns were able to collect 19 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 29 in the matchup.
Greg Williams ended up being important for the Ragin' Cajuns in the game. He totaled 22 points in his 33 minutes on the court, but didn't get an assist. He knocked down 7 of 11 in this game for a rate of 63.6%, and had 4 rebounds.
Louisiana has a win-loss mark of 16-4 this season. The Ragin' Cajuns have committed 16.4 personal fouls per game and they shoot 68.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 15.7 times per contest (35th in the country) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. Louisiana has scored 1,601 points for the campaign (80.1 per contest) and they pull in 36.9 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Ragin' Cajuns are shooting 49.5% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in D-1.
The Louisiana defense surrenders 34.7% on three-point shots (131 of 377) and their opposition knocks down 73.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.4 assists and 30.5 rebounds per game, which ranks them 90th and 13th in Division 1. The Ragin' Cajuns on the defensive side of the court are 224th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 70.8. They are able to force 13.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (222nd in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Troy
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