North Texas Mean Green vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds
The North Texas Mean Green will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Ragin Cajuns in Louisiana-Lafayette at Cajundome on Thursday in college basketball action.
Louisiana-Lafayette battles the Mean Green, currently sitting with a 8-14 mark (7-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-4 for the Ragin Cajuns and 6-8 for the Mean Green.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Louisiana-Lafayette sat as 2.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook GTbets.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Ragin Cajuns sit at No. 218 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mean Green sit at No. 223 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Mean Green will win this game 68-65.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mean Green is ranked No. 78 in NCAA hoops at 37.5 per game. Contrast that with Louisiana-Lafayette’s No. 180 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Louisiana-Lafayette is the No. 110-ranked team in the country at 6.8 per game, while North Texas rates No. 344 at 3.3 per game.
Defensively, North Texas features the nation's No. 152-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.7 points per game. Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 79 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, North Texas was a 62-57 loser at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Jordan Williams scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Mean Green to a win (they lost 62-57 to Arkansas-Little Rock at The Super Pit on Saturday).
In their last action, Louisiana-Lafayette was an 80-75 loser at home against Florida International. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Elfrid Payton scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Ragin Cajuns to a win (they lost 80-75 to Florida International at Cajundome on Thursday).
North Texas Mean Green Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Arkansas State are 6-4
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-4
Before playing Troy are 6-4
After playing Florida International are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Mean Green at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
North Texas is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayet
North Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
North Texas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Texas
Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against North Texas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 9 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing North Texas
North Texas at Arkansas State, Saturday, February 2
Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy, Saturday, February 2