Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#727 UL Lafayette vs.
#728 Louisiana Tech
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.



#727 University of Louisiana at Lafayette
#728 Louisiana Tech University


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Louisiana Tech will look to improve to 7-3 on the season when the Bulldogs host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs enter the game with a 6-3 record, but are coming off a 3-point road loss to Sam Houston State. Meanwhile, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-4 on the year and are coming off a 12-point road loss to Arizona State. This marks the second game of a three-game road trip for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Rajin' Cajuns led by Jalen Johnson

Louisiana has had just about as inconsistent of a season as a team can have in college basketball. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 5-4, not winning more than two games in a row at any point. They have also not lost more than one game in a stretch. Their four losses have come against TCU, Wyoming, UC Irvine and Arizona State. Their five wins have been against Loyola New Orleans, McNeese State, Youngstown State, Detroit and Southeast Louisiana. They have gone 4-4 against-the-spread.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are led by junior forward Jalen Johnson, who is scoring 16.7 points per game and grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game. He leads the team in both categories and is 13 of 33 from beyond the 3-point line. Junior guard Cedric Russell is scoring 14.0 points per game. He is the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 23 of 53 from beyond the arc. Freshman forward Kobe Julien is making an immediate impact, scoring 12.8 points per game. He is also coming down with 5.5 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Trajan Wesley is leading the team with 3.4 assists per game.

Louisiana Tech seeking home win

Louisiana Tech has had a consistent 6-3 start to the season, following the same pattern of wins and losses. The Bulldogs opened the season with a pair of wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Wiley before losing to Creighton. Then they won games against Mississippi Valley State and North Alabama before losing to Indiana. Most recently, they picked up victories against Samford and Mississippi State before losing to Sam Houston State. Louisiana Tech was a 7.5-point underdog in the win against Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are led by junior guard Amorie Archibald, who is scoring 13.3 points per game and grabbing 3.3 rebounds per game. He is also third on the team with 2.7 assists per outing. Archibald has been good from downtown, making 15 of 38 attempts. Junior guard Kalob Ledoux is scoring 12.0 points per game and pulling down 3.9 boards per game. He is 18 of 56 from beyond the arc. Senior guard DaQuan Bracey is scoring 11.8 points per game. He is the most efficient shooter on the team, making 15 of 31 attempts from distance. Senior forward Mubarak Muhammed leads the Bulldogs with 8.9 rebounds per game.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Two of Louisiana-Lafayette’s three best players are stretch forwards. Louisiana Tech is led by a trio of guards. I think the Ragin’ Cajuns have what it takes to go on the road and cover this number. They have covered in four of their last six games against the Bulldogs and have size that can create mismatches on the court against a superior Louisiana Tech team. The Ragin’ Cajuns are my pick to cover the spread in this contest against the Bulldogs at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

Prediction: Louisiana Lafayette +15

Full-Game Total Pick

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I like this one to go over the total. Louisiana-Lafayette likes to get out in transition, ranking No. 58 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. Louisiana Tech also looks to play up-tempo, coming in at No. 109 in tempo. Both teams shoot the ball well from beyond the arc, with the Rajin’ Cajuns at 35.3 percent from distance and the Bulldogs at 34.7 percent. Neither team is particularly great on the defensive side of the ball. The total has gone over in four of the last six games between these two teams when Louisiana Tech has been at home, and I think that continues in this meeting.

Prediction: 150.5

Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.