NCAA hoops odds preview - Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Florida Atlantic
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds
Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Florida Atlantic on Thursday, hoping to boost its 6-9 record with a victory over the Owls.
The Owls are 7-8 so far on the season, and 2-7 ATS vs. the number. The Ragin Cajuns, meanwhile, are 6-9 and 6-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Florida Atlantic go 4-4 and the Ragin Cajuns go 5-1 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Owls as 1-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 221 and the Ragin Cajuns at No. 239 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 67-65 result in favor of the Ragin Cajuns.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Ragin Cajuns rank No. 207 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.5 per game. That compares with Florida Atlantic’s No. 120 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Florida Atlantic is college basketball's No. 118-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the Ragin Cajuns rate No. 135 with 6.5 per game.
Defensively, Louisiana-Lafayette features the nation's No. 271-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.5 points per game. Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, comes in at No. 263 nationally in scoring at home.
Louisiana-Lafayette was a 79-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Trojans were burned for 26 points by Bryant Mbamalu on Saturday as the Ragin Cajuns put another game in the win column, 79-70, at Cajundome.
Florida Atlantic won its last outing, a 61-57 result against Hofstra on January 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite. The Owls got 24 points from Greg Gantt as Florida Atlantic ran past Hofstra 61-57 on Tuesday at FAU Arena.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Florida International are 5-5
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 5-5
After a win are 2-8
Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 3-7
After playing Hofstra are 1-6
After a win are 4-6
A few Ragin Cajuns at Owls trends to consider:
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida Atlantic is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Florida Atlantic is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida International, Saturday, January 5
Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee, Thursday, January 10