College baskeball point spread favors Cougars in battle with Ragin Cajuns
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Houston Cougars Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Houston vs Louisiana-Lafayette battle Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion as the Cougars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Cougars bring a 7-2 record (2-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 4-6 Ragin Cajuns, who are 4-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Houston go 1-2 so far and the Ragin Cajuns go 1-1.
The Cougars were listed as 4-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:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 129-rated Cougars and the No. 238-ranked Ragin Cajuns, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 82-70 result in favor of the Cougars.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Ragin Cajuns is ranked No. 187 in NCAA hoops at 35.1 per game. Contrast that with Houston’s No. 21 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is the No. 237-ranked team in the country at 5.4 per game, while Louisiana-Lafayette rates No. 123 at 6.7 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Louisiana-Lafayette owns the country's No. 207-rated mark, allowing 72 points per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 45 in scoring at home.
Louisiana-Lafayette won its last outing, a 77-60 result against Lamar on December 11. Alan-Michael Thompson scored 18 points leading the Ragin Cajuns to a 77-60 victory over Lamar at Cajundome on Tuesday.
Houston was a 78-75 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas Southern. Houston got 23 points from TaShawn Thomas en route to a 78-75 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Robert Morris are 0-1
After playing Lamar are 2-3
After a win are 3-7
Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Chicago State are 1-0
After playing Texas Southern are 3-2
After a win are 7-3
A few Ragin Cajuns at Cougars trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Louisiana-Lafayette home to Robert Morris, Tuesday, December 18
Houston home to Chicago State, Saturday, December 22