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Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans face Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

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Dec 29, 8:15 PM | Cajundome

Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, with the host Ragin Cajuns trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Trojans will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 6-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Ragin Cajuns are 5-4 ATS. Arkansas-Little Rock is 4-1-1 against the total, while Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1 versus the number.

View Arkansas-Little Rock vs Louisiana-Lafayette Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Ragin Cajuns were listed as 3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Ragin Cajuns at No. 247 and the Trojans at No. 134 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 72-66 result in favor of the Trojans.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Louisiana-Lafayette has the nation's No. 126-rated offensive output, at 70.2 PPG. The visiting Trojans defense ranks No. 148 allowing on average 64.8 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns FG% has averaged 42.7% so far, almost the same as the Trojans marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Defensively, Arkansas-Little Rock features the nation's No. 330-rated defense on the road, allowing 81.5 points per game. Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 113 nationally in scoring at home.

Arkansas-Little Rock was a 77-62 loser in its last match on the road against South Alabama. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Trojans endured a 77-62 loss at the hands of the Jaguars on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from John Gillon at Mitchell Center.

In their last action, Louisiana-Lafayette was an 87-70 loser on the road against Arkansas State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Elfrid Payton scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Ragin Cajuns to a win (they lost 87-70 to Arkansas State at ASU Convocation Center on Thursday).

Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Western Kentucky are 7-3
After playing South Alabama are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 6-1
After playing Arkansas State are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Trojans at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Arkansas-Little Rock is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayet
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas-Little Rock's last 6 games when playing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayet
Arkansas-Little Rock is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas-Little Rock is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 6 games when playing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock
Louisiana-Lafayette is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games

Next up:
Arkansas-Little Rock home to Western Kentucky, Thursday, January 3
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida Atlantic, Thursday, January 3