A pair of Sun Belt foes take to the hardwood in the Lone Star State. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns are on the road as they battle the UT Arlington Mavericks Thursday night. Louisiana won their fifth straight by dismantling Louisiana Monroe 82-48 at home Saturday. UT Arlington won for the third time in four games as they clubbed Arkansas State 97-71 on the road Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns hold an 18-8 edge in the all-time series between the teams, including an 83-81 win on the road in the most recent matchup on March 4, 2017.
Line: UT Arlington -1
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Look for Sixth Straight Win
Louisiana had no problem handling Louisiana Monroe in their latest contest and look to roll to a sixth straight win in this contest. The Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 15-3 overall on the season and 5-0 in the Sun Belt with the win. Louisiana jumped to a 33-15 edge at the half and cruised the rest of the way to the win. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 47.6 percent from the field and splashed 14 of 31 three point attempts in the contest. Louisiana held Louisiana Monroe to 34 percent shooting in the game and forced 16 turnovers. Frank Bartley IV and JaKeenan Gant each had 12 points to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns in the win.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 20th in the nation in scoring offense as they average 84.9 points per game. Louisiana is tied for 46th in rebounding with 39.3 boards a night and 10th in assists with 18.2 dimes a night. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 124th in scoring defense as they allow 70.1 points per contest. JaKeenan Gant is the team’s second leading scorer with 15.6 points plus 6.8 rebounds per game. Frank Bartley IV (team high 16.1 points) and Cedric Russell (6.4 points) are capable scorers in the backcourt while Bryce Washington (10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds), Johnathan Stove (10.2 points) and Justin Miller (7.6 points) also are solid scoring options. P.J. Hardy, Jacob Broussard, Marcus Stroman and Malik Marquetti are useful role players in the rotation. Louisiana is shooting 47.3 percent from the floor as a team. The Ragin’ Cajuns average 8.5 threes per game while shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. Louisiana is knocking down a solid 75.1 percent at the charity stripe on the season.
UT Arlington Mavericks Hope to Pick Up Home Win
UT Arlington had been sliding but they blew the doors off Arkansas State in their last contest to try and get back on track. The Mavericks improved to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the Sun Belt with their victory. UT Arlington ran to a 54-31 advantage at the half and kept the Red Wolves at arm’s length the rest of the way to get the victory. The Mavericks shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the field and drilled 15 of their 27 three point attempts in the contest. Johnny Hamilton finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead UT Arlington in the victory.
The Mavericks come into this contest ranked tied for 75th in the nation in scoring offense as they average 79 points per game. UT-Arlington is tied for 51st in rebounding with 38.9 boards a contest and 40th by dishing out 16.6 assists per night. The Mavericks are good on the defensive end, ranking tied for 172nd in scoring defense by giving up 72 points a game. UT-Arlington is shooting 46.6 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Mavericks connect on 8.4 threes a night while shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. UT Arlington has to be better at the free throw line as they convert only 66.5 percent as a team. Kevin Hervey leads UT Arlington with 20.4 points plus 8.6 rebounds a contest. Erick Neal chips in 14.1 points and 7.8 assists per game while Johnny Hamilton (12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds) and Kaelon Wilson (11.9 points) each are averaging in double figures. Nathan Hawkins and Davion Turner are the only other players putting up more than four points a night for the Mavericks.
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win
- Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
This is a matchup of a pair of teams that are expected to be near the top of the Sun Belt when it’s all said and done. The Mavericks got back to the .500 mark in conference play with their win over Arkansas State and returns home, where they are 7-1 this season. While Louisiana is rock solid at the Cajundome, they are no slouch on the road either. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-2 on the road this season and they have momentum right now. Look for Louisiana to pick up their sixth straight win as they prevail here.