Check out our free Southern Miss vs Louisiana-Lafayette pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Lafayette. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Southern Miss vs Louisiana-Lafayette Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Golden Eagles vs Ragin’ Cajuns Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
  • Where: Lafayette at Cajundome
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Southern Miss +2.5, SOUMIS +119 | LOULAF -146 O/U 145.5

Golden Eagles Preview:

Through 15 games, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have an overall record of 13-2. On the road, the Golden Eagles will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 4-2. So far, the Golden Eagles have been the underdog 4 times, going 3-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Southern Miss’ leading scorer this season is Austin Crowley who is averaging 17.13 points per contest. So far, Crowley has accounted for 22.0% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.73 assists. Felipe Haase is the second leading scorer for the Golden Eagles, averaging 15.93 points per game. Between him and Haase, they are accounting for 42.5% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Miss this season, as they are currently ranked 396th in college basketball at 64.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.2%, placing them 407th in the NCAA.

Ragin’ Cajuns Preview:

Through 14 games, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have an overall record of 10-4. So far this season, Louisiana-Lafayette has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Louisiana-Lafayette has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s leading scorer this season is Jordan Brown who is averaging 19.79 points per contest. So far, Brown has accounted for 24.23% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.29 rebounds per game and 1.64 assists. Greg Williams Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Ragin’ Cajuns, averaging 13.14 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 40.3% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisiana-Lafayette this season, as they are currently ranked 195th in college basketball at 71.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.7%, placing them 197th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns -2.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Louisiana-Lafayette as a team is just 302nd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Eagles’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Ragin’ Cajuns to come out on top and cover.

 


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