College Basketball Matchup - Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds Preview
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds
Louisiana-Lafayette looks to cover the Ragin Cajuns-Blue Raiders pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 2-4 mark when they host Middle Tennessee in college basketball wagering action.
Louisiana-Lafayette battles the Blue Raiders, currently sitting with a 4-1 mark (1-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-0 for the Ragin Cajuns and 0-0 for the Blue Raiders.
Bettors looking to go with the Ragin Cajuns in this one found them listed as 6.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Blue Raiders was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 58-rated Middle Tennessee taking on the No. 217-rated Ragin Cajuns in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-65 win for the Blue Raiders on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Louisiana-Lafayette has the nation's No. 178-rated offensive output, at 68.5 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 40 allowing on average 57.4 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns FG% has averaged 41% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.8% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Middle Tennessee owns the country's No. 63-rated mark, allowing 60.7 points per game on the highway. Louisiana-Lafayette, on the other hand, rates No. 46 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 79-52 winner at home against Texas Southern. The Blue Raiders blew out Texas Southern on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 79-52 win at Murphy Center.
Louisiana-Lafayette was a 63-60 loser in its last match on the road against Michigan State. They covered the 22.5-point spread as underdogs. Louisiana-Lafayette got 20 points from Elfrid Payton but lost anyway, 63-60, to Michigan State on Sunday at Breslin Center.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Akron are 1-0
After a win are 6-4
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing North Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Blue Raiders at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayet
Middle Tennessee is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayet
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 5 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Middle Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 10 games when playing Middle Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
Middle Tennessee at Akron, Sunday, December 2
Louisiana-Lafayette at North Texas, Saturday, December 1