Against The Spread Pick
The UT-Arlington Mavericks look like they could be a crucial part of deciding the regular season in the Sun Belt this year. They are currently in a three-team tie with Texas State and Appalachian State for 5th place in the Sun Belt with a conference record of 5-5 and an overall record of 9-12. The Mavericks have won their previous three games and four of their last five, including a 64-62 road win against Texas State on Saturday. They will look to extend their winning streak to four games with they host the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Ragin’ Cajuns have the 2nd worst record in the Sun Belt this season at 3-7 and an overall record of 8-13. They finally snapped their four-game losing streak following an 81-60 blowout win against the Warhawks on Saturday. I look for the Mavericks to come away with the win. However, I love the Ragin’ Cajuns getting 10 points in this match-up.
Over Under Pick
Neither team has been explosive offensively this season. Louisiana-Lafayette enters this game averaging 70.67 points per game, which ranks 204th in the nation. Defensively, they have been one of the worst teams in the country, allowing 74.38 points per game. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are averaging 71.05 points per game, which ranks 189th in the nation. They have also been an average team defensively, allowing 68.29 points per game, which ranks 158th in college basketball. The total in this game could go either way. As a result, I can only recommend placing a small wager on the under 142.5 points.