Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in college basketball action
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders try to run the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns off the court at Murphy Center in college hoops action.
Middle Tennessee will face the 7-13 Ragin Cajuns, who own a 7-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Blue Raiders are 6-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Ragin Cajuns are 7-4 favoring the OVER.
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Blue Raiders installed as 17.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Blue Raiders, most recently No. 43 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Ragin Cajuns, who rate No. 213 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 78-64 victory for the Blue Raiders.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 154 nationally ranked offense (68.8 points per game) against a Ragin Cajuns defense that sits as the No. 309 at 73.2 PPG. The Blue Raiders have been averaging 44.3% from the field, more than the Ragin Cajuns have managed so far this season (42.4% on average).
Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette features the nation's No. 271-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.1 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 72 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Louisiana-Lafayette was a 72-49 loser on the road against Western Kentucky. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. Louisiana-Lafayette was run off the court by the Hilltoppers on Thursday as Western Kentucky routed them 72-49 at EA Diddle Arena.
Middle Tennessee was an 82-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites. Middle Tennessee cruised to victory on Thursday, running Arkansas-Little Rock out of the gym and running up an 82-50 score at Murphy Center.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Florida International are 4-6
After playing Western Kentucky are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing North Texas are 6-4
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Ragin Cajuns at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Louisiana-Lafayette
Middle Tennessee is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Louisiana-Lafayette home to Florida International, Thursday, January 24
Middle Tennessee at North Texas, Thursday, January 24